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Fitness ring maker Oura raises $100M

It’s been a wild couple of years for Oura. Last year, in particular, proved to be a major driver for the wearable fitness manufacturer. With the pandemic bringing professional sports to a screeching halt in 2020, a number of major leagues have adopted the ring, including the NBA, WNBA, UFC and NASCAR. The company has also been making a major push into health research courtesy of UCSF, which has published peer-review studies around the ring’s temperature monitor. That feature in particular has ma...
Tags: Health, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Fitness, Funding, Tech, Nascar, UCSF, Eisai, Chernin Group, Elysian Park, The Chernin Group, OURA, Eurie Kim, Tommi Heinonen


Headway raises $70M at a $750M valuation to help connect therapists with people and insurance schemes

Mental health, and how it is getting addressed, has been one of the major leitmotifs of the past year of pandemic living. Covid-19 not only has led to a lot of people getting ill or worse; it has increased isolation, economic uncertainty, and led to a lot of other kinds of disappointments, and that all has had a knock-on effect on our collective and individual state of mind. Today a startup called Headway, which has been working on building a better way for people to attend to themselves — by wa...
Tags: Health, New York, Colorado, California, Funding, America, Tech, Mental Health, Therapy, Oxford, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, Andrew Adams, Scott Kupor, Kupor, GV


RapidDeploy raises $29M for a cloud-based dispatch platform aimed at 911 centers

The last year of pandemic living has been real-world, and sometimes harrowing, proof of how important it can be to have efficient and well-equipped emergency response services in place. They can help people remotely if need be, and when they cannot, they make sure that in-person help can be dispatched quickly in medical and other situations. Today, a company that’s building cloud-based tools to help with this process is announcing a round of funding as it continues to grow. RapidDeploy, which pr...
Tags: Health, TC, Transportation, Motorola, Enterprise, 911, Police, Government, Funding, US, Samsung, Fire, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, South Africa, Washington Dc


MD Ally connects telehealth alternatives right into 911 calls

Every day in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people will dial 911 to seek help. Some of those calls are serious and require immediate emergency attention, but the reality is that most 911 calls are of a far simpler variety: concerns about a prescription, fear over a newly-developed symptom, or a general medical question. When a 911 call taker receives that request for medical assistance, it sets into motion a series of responses. Ambulances and paramedics are sent, leading to skyrock...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Florida, New York, Government, Funding, Tech, United States, Long Island, General Catalyst, Cornell, Athenahealth, Emergency Response, Hemant Taneja, Carbyne


C2i, a genomics SaaS product to detect traces of cancer, raises $100M Series B

If you or a loved one has ever undergone a tumor removal as part of cancer treatment, you’re likely familiar with the period of uncertainty and fear that follows. Will the cancer return, and if so, will the doctors catch it at an early enough stage? C2i Genomics has developed software that’s 100x more sensitive in detecting residual disease, and investors are pouncing on the potential. Today, C2i announced a $100 million Series B led by Casdin Capital.  “The biggest question in cancer treatme...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Cloud, New York, Singapore, Cancer, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Surgery, Fda, Cancer Treatment, Biotech, Radiation


Getlabs, an at-home medical labs company, launches with a $3 million raise

When you’re not feeling well and your doctor asks you to get labs drawn, you know that can increase the time between a diagnosis and care. But Getlabs, a company that brings the lab to you with its at-home, blood-drawing service, is aiming to eliminate that friction, and today announced a $3 million seed round led by PivotNorth Capital. The funding will be used to launch in Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Dallas, all of which have been soft launches so far. “Seventy percent of all medical decisi...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Apps, Funding, Tech, Dallas, Blood, Matthew Dellavedova, LabCorp, Phoenix Philadelphia, Nurx, Michelson, PivotNorth, Tim Connors


Elder tech company, Papa, raises $60M Led by Tiger Global

Papa , the elder tech company that offers care and companionship to seniors, today announced a $60 million Series C led by Tiger Global Management, bringing its total raised to date to $91 million. The money will be used to propel the company’s growth this year, building on 600% year-over-year growth as of the start of 2021, the company said in a statement. Andrew Parker, the company’s founder and CEO, launched Papa as a consumer product in 2017. Seniors signed up for the service and a c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Funding, Tech, Argentina, Miami, Tiger Global, Tiger Global Management, Parker, Papa, Andrew Parker, Papa Parker, Elder Tech


Strength-training startup Tonal crosses unicorn status after raising $250M

When the pandemic unfolded last year, demand for at-home fitness equipment skyrocketed, and Tonal was no exception. The maker of a smart home fitness trainer experienced an explosive increase in sales, and now the six-year-old San Francisco-based startup is gearing up for its next stage of growth. Tonal is adding $250 million of new funding in a Series E round valuing the startup at $1.6 billion. Participants in the round include Dragoneer, Cobalt Capital, L Catterton, Sapphire Ventures, and ath...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, TC, Nordstrom, Hardware, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Taiwan, EC, James, SPAC, Johnson Johnson, Fitness Tech, Google Nest


India’s HealthPlix raises $13.5 million to help doctors treat patients more efficiently

There are fewer than 300,000 doctors in India actively practicing medicine. They serve hundreds of millions of patients who suffer from chronic illness in the world’s second most populous nation. A doctor only has a few minutes to spend on a patient, remember the past diagnosis by glancing at their record, and look for progress. HealthPlix, a Bangalore-based startup, believes it can help doctors serve these patients more efficiently with the limited time they have. The startup has developed a ...
Tags: Health, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bangalore, Lightspeed, Lightspeed Venture Partners The, HealthPlix, Sandeep Gudibanda, Gudibanda


Ghana’s Redbird raises $1.5M seed to expand access to rapid medical testing in sub-Saharan Africa

For patients and healthcare professionals to properly track and manage illnesses especially chronic ones, healthcare needs to be decentralized . It also needs to be more convenient, with a patient’s health information able to follow them wherever they go . Redbird, a Ghanaian healthtech startup that allows easy access to convenient testing and ensures that doctors and patients can view the details of those test results at any time, announced today that it has raised a $1.5 million s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Boston, Funding, Africa, US, Tech, Diabetes, Healthcare, Biotech, Ghana, Cto, Accra, Kumasi, Saharan Africa


Ro raises $500M to grow its remote and in-home primary care platform

Healthcare tech startup Ro has raised $500 million to help fuel continued growth of its hybrid telehealth/in-home primary care platform, which also includes a growing pharmacy business as the company pursues a strategy of vertical integration to optimize delivery and reduce costs for clients. The company’s latest raise is a Series D round, and means it has now raised over $876 million since its 2017 founding. That may seem like a lot of money, but as Ro co-founder and CEO Zachariah Reitano told ...
Tags: Health, TC, Technology, Funding, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Depression, Diabetes, United States, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Health Insurance, Telemedicine, Pharmacy, Physician


With $19M A round, Halo Dx combines data streams to better diagnose cancers, dementia and more

Healthcare is one of the most complex industries out there, creating frustration on the consumer side but also the opportunity for huge improvements from, in a way, rather simple methods. Halo Diagnostics (or Dx for short) has raised a $19M series A to improve diagnosis of several serious illnesses by crossing the streams from multiple tests and making the improved process easily available to providers. They’ve also taken the unusual step of taking out an eight-figure line of credit to buy outri...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Funding, Halo, Tech, Healthcare, Feller, Sophia Genetics, Ronnie Lott, Medical imaging, Recent Funding, John Feller, Brian Axe, Halo Dx


Nanome raises $3 million to help scientists get up close with molecular structures in VR

Discovery and research of new molecular compounds is an expensive business, with development costs exceeding $10 billion per substance in some cases. Part of that comes from the need to closely examine every relevant molecule, studying its chemical composition and interactions as well as its physical structure at the atomic level. Despite advances in software to help model these compounds and molecules, there are still challenges in fully understanding their shapes through a two-dimensional comp...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Funding, Startup, Tech, Chemistry, San Diego, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Biotech, UC San Diego, McCloskey, Bullpen Capital, Drug Discovery, Ann Lai


Indian healthtech startup Phable raises $12 million to serve patients with chronic conditions

Phable, a three-year-old healthtech startup that is serving patients with chronic illnesses in India, has raised $12 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale in the world’s second most populated nation. Manipal Hospitals, one of the largest healthcare providers in India, led the Series A round in Phable. Existing investor New Jersey-headquartered SOSV also participated in the round. Hundreds of millions of people in India suffer from chronic diseases. One of the biggest challenges t...
Tags: Health, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bank Of America, New Jersey, Healthcare, Bangalore, Healthtech, Frost Sullivan, SOSV, Sinha, Manipal Hospitals, Medlife


Indian health tech startup Phable raises $12 million to serve patients with chronic conditions

Phable, a three-year-old health tech startup that is serving patients with chronic illnesses in India, has raised $12 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale in the world’s second most populated nation. Manipal Hospitals, one of the largest healthcare providers in India, led the Series A round in Phable. Existing investor New Jersey-headquartered SOSV also participated in the round. Hundreds of millions of people in India suffer from chronic diseases. One of the biggest challenges ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bank Of America, New Jersey, Healthcare, Bangalore, Healthtech, Frost Sullivan, SOSV, Sinha, Manipal Hospitals


8 VCs agree: Behavioral support and remote visits make digital health a strong bet for 2021

In TechCrunch investor surveys of years past, we’ve seen a big focus on fixing what’s broken or bringing the infrastructure into the modern era. But the world has dramatically changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. More of us saw our doctor on video than ever before in 2020 — reaching a 300-fold increase in telehealth visits. It was the year healthcare finally moved fully into the digital space with data management solutions as well. And, though those digital visits have fallen sl...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Science, Senate, Funding, America, Tech, Intel, Venture Capital, Biotech, Biden, ACA, Telemedicine, Medicare Advantage


Everlywell raises $75M from HealthQuest Capital following its recent $175M Series D round

At-home health testing kit startup Everlywell has raised $75 million, following the close of the $175 million Series D it announced in December. The new funding comes from HealthQuest Capital, and sees the fund’s founder and managing partners Dr. Garheng Kong join the company’s board of directors. The new funding is a secondary sale, with proceeds used to provide liquidity to existing investors rather than further diluting shares, so the startup’s $1.3 billion valuation from December still holds...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Austin, Private Equity, Allergies, Battlefield, Startup Company, HealthQuest Capital, Garheng Kong, EverlyWell


Vision Fund backs Chinese fitness app Keep in $360 million round

As Chinese fitness class provider Keep continues to diversify its offerings to include Peloton-like bikes, health-conscious snacks among other things, it’s bringing in new investors to fund its ambitions. On Monday, Keep said it has recently closed a Series F financing round of $360 million led by SoftBank Vision Fund. Hillhouse Capital and Coatue Management participated in the round, as well as existing investors GGV Capital, Tencent, 5Y Capital, Jeneration Capital and Bertelsmann Asia In...
Tags: Health, Asia, Fitness, China, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Tencent, Ggv Capital, Instagram Facebook, Peloton, Hillhouse Capital, Keep, Coatue Management, Eric Chen, SoftBank Vision Fund


Endeavor BioMedicines raises $62 million to combat pulmonary disease

A new startup has officially emerged for stealth with the raise of its $62 million Series A funding round. Endeavor BioMedicines is led by co-founder and CEO John Hood, who previously led Impact Biomedicines, and its new funding comes from Omega Funds and Longitude Capital, as well as the company’s own management team. Endeavor is also co-founded by Miguel de los Rios, who serves as its Chief Science Officer and who was previously CEO of Rift Biotherapeutics. Endeavor’s goal is to develop tre...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Biotech, Life Sciences, John Hood, Celgene Corp, Endeavor, Impact Biomedicines, Omega Funds and Longitude Capital, Miguel de los Rios, Rift Biotherapeutics Endeavor


Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of US health infrastructure

Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. — including those related to the “last mile” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. This latest investment ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Uber, Business, Funding, US, San Francisco, Tech, Customer Experience, Economy, Companies, United States, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry


Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of U.S. health infrastructure

Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizeable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. – including those related to the “last mile” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. This latest investment...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Uber, Business, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Customer Experience, Economy, Companies, United States, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Online Sales


23andMe raises $82.5 million in new funding

DNA testing technology company 23andMe has raised just shy of $82.5 million in new funding, from an offering of $85 million in total equity shares, according to a new SEC filing. The funding, confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, comes from investors including Sequoia Capital and NewView Capital. It brings the total raised by 23andMe to date to over $850 million. There’s no specific agenda earmarked for this Series F round, according to a statement from the company to the WSJ, beyond general ...
Tags: Health, TC, Technology, Biology, Funding, Tech, Genetics, SEC, The Wall Street Journal, Biotech, Sequoia Capital, Genetic Testing, Wall-street-journal, WSJ, 23andMe, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


ChiliSleep’s parent company raises $37M and merges with Ebb Therapeutics

Kryo, the company behind the ChiliSleep brand, is announcing that it has merged with another sleep technology company, Ebb Therapeutics, and also raised $37 million in new funding led by Ebb’s biggest investor KKR. Founded in 2007, Kryo/ChiliSleep’s products include the chiliPAD, a device designed to improve sleep by adjusting the temperature of your bed. Co-founder and CEO Tara Youngblood told me that the company has always been focused on “changing sleep through temperature regulation” — but r...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Funding, Tech, KKR, Michael Grandner, Youngblood, Kelly Starrett, Ebb Therapeutics, Ali Satvat, Kryo, Tara Youngblood, Tara Youngblood Youngblood, ChiliSleep, University of Arizona Dr Chris Winter


YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials

Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.” The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he founded LemonBox to sell American health supplements to Chinese millennials like himself via online channels. The company soon attracted seed funding fro...
Tags: Health, Google, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Japan, Instagram, China, Funding, America, Tech, Walmart, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Shenzhen, Google Facebook


Everlywell raises $175 million to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing

Digital health startup Everlywell has raised a $175 million Series D funding round, following relatively fast on the heels of a $25 million Series C round it closed in February of this year. The Series D included a host of new investors, including BlackRock, The Chernin Group (TCG), Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Morningside Ventures and Portfolio, along with existing investors including Highland Capital Partners, which led the Series C round. The startup has now raised ov...
Tags: Health, Food, Startups, TC, Science, Funding, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Walgreens, United States, Healthcare, Fda, Biotech, Driver, Target


Wellory raises $4.5M for its ‘anti-diet’ nutrition app

Wellory, a startup that bills itself as taking an “anti-diet approach” to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $4.2 million in funding. The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA Player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others. Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who was previously the head of customer success at WayUp) told me that she struggled with dieting i...
Tags: Health, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Sean Rad, Funding, Tech, Wayup, Hochman, Story Ventures, Wellory, Harlem Capital Tinder, Justin Mateen Ground, Up Ventures NBA


Carbon Health raises $100 million with plans to expand pop-up clinics ahead of COVID-19 vaccination programs

Carbon Health has raised a $100 million Series C funding round, led by Dragoneer Investment Group and including participation from prior investors Brookfield Technology Partners, DCVC and Builders VC. This funding will be used to help the SF-based healthcare provider startup to continue to expand its nationwide footprint, including with the opening of 100 pop-up clinics planned for across 20 markets across the U.S. This past year has seen Carbon Health expand from just seven clinics to 27, sp...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Funding, US, Tech, Ceo, Medical Research, United States, Health Care, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biotech, Dragoneer Investment Group, Startup Funding, Omnichannel


Caliber, with $2.2 million in seed funding, launches a fitness coaching platform

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the fitness space for a loop. Caliber, a startup that focuses on one-to-one personal training, is today launching a brand new digital coaching platform on the heels of a $2.2 million seed round led by Trinity Ventures. Caliber launched in 2018 with a content model, offering an email newsletter and a library of instructional fitness content. “My cofounders started testing the idea of coaching people individually and that’s where the light bulb really went of...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Funding, Tech, Trinity Ventures, Cluff, Apple Health, Caliber, Recent Funding, Jared Cluff, Trinity Ventures Caliber


Endel raises $5M to create personalized ‘sound environments’ that improve productivity and sleep

The pitch for Berlin-based Endel is pretty straightforward, according to its co-founder and CEO Oleg Stavitsky. “The way I usually describe Endel is: This is a technology that is built to help you focus, relax and sleep,” Stavitsky told me. “Of course, the way we do that is a little more complicated than that.” The startup is announcing today that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Kevin Rose of True Ventures, with participation from SleepScore Ventures, Techstars Ventures...
Tags: Apple, Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Japan, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Warner Music, Kevin Rose, True Ventures, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Amazon Alexa


China’s Waterdrop nabs $230M for its crowdfunded, mutual aid insurance platform

When people in the US or Europe think of crowdfunding and medical expenses, sites like GoFundMe, where people fundraise around specific predicaments, come to mind. But today comes news of how another approach — a platform based around crowdfunding and mutual aid that pays out when its members fall into medical dire straits — is picking up some significant steam in its growth, and its financial backing. Waterdrop, which goes by Shuidihuzhu in China (translated as “water drop mutual help”), today ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, China, Funding, US, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, Waterdrop, PitchBook, Jiang Zemin, Boyu Capital



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