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Alan raises $220 million for its health insurance and healthcare super app

French startup Alan has raised a $220 million funding round at a $1.67 billion valuation (€185 million and €1.4 billion respectively). Coatue is leading the round with Dragoneer, Exor, and existing investors Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Temasek also participating. Alan has been building health insurance products from scratch. When I first covered the company back in 2016, the startup had just managed to get approval from regulators to become an official health insurance company. Since then...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Healthcare, Alan, Temasek, France Belgium, Coatue, Insurtech, Index Ventures Ribbit Capital, Jean Charles Samuelian Werve


1Doc3, a Colombian telemedicine startup, raises $3 million

The pandemic has made telemedicine video visits in the U.S. almost commonplace, but in Latin America, where broadband isn’t widely available, 1Doc3 is using text and chat to provide access to care. Today, the Colombia-based company announced a $3 million pre-Series A led by MatterScale Ventures and Kayyak Ventures. “I’m on a nice MacBook for this interview, but that’s not the case of most people in LatAm,” said Javier Cardona, co-founder and CEO of 1Doc3. The company’s name is a play on the p...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mexico, Africa, Tech, Colombia, Middle East, Tanzania, Latin America, Telemedicine, Cardona, Javier Cardona, Recent Funding, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America, 1Doc3


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


How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

A few years ago, founder Sean Lane thought he’d achieved product-market fit. Speaking to attendees at TechCrunch’s Early Stage virtual event, Lane said Queue, a secure digital check-in tablet for hospital waiting rooms that reduced wait times by uniting and correcting electronic medical records, was “selling like hotcakes.” But once Lane realized it would only ever address one piece of a much bigger market opportunity, he sold off the product, laid off two-thirds of the people affiliated with it...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Medicaid, Lane, RPA, Robotic Process Automation, Sean Lane, Early Stage 2021, EC How To, EC TechCrunch Early Stage, Circulo


Home gym startup Tempo raises $220M to meet surge in demand for its workout device

When the pandemic forced everyone to stay at home last year, many gym-goers looked to at-home fitness makers to fill the void for their cardiovascular and strength-training workouts. To help meet that demand, Tempo, the five-year-old fitness startup founded by Moawia Eldeeb and Josh Augustin, closed a $220 million Series C round led by SoftBank. The company plans to use the raise to shore up its supply chain, keep up with increased consumer demand and fuel efforts such as R&D and content. Oth...
Tags: Health, Startups, Fitness, Softbank, Tech, Tempo, Augustin, Moawia Eldeeb, Josh Augustin, Recent Funding, Eldeeb, Tonal EC, Norwest Venture Partners Tempo, SmartSpot Eldeeb, Peloton Tonal and Echelon Tempo


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


On-demand pediatrics app Biloba adds prescriptions and raises $1.7 million

French startup Biloba has raised a $1.7 million funding round (€1.4 million) a few months after launching its pediatrics app that lets you chat with a doctor whenever you have a question. In addition to raising some money, the startup also recently added in-app prescriptions. Biloba’s concept is surprisingly simple. It’s a mobile app that lets you reach a general practitioner and a nurse whenever you have a medical question about your child. The service is available from 8 AM to 10 PM. When you ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, France Newsletter, Telemedicine, Pediatrics, Telehealth, Aglaé Ventures, Biloba, Inventures Acequia Capital, Biloba Biloba


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


Memic raises $96M for its robot-assisted surgery platform

Memic, a startup developing a robotic-assisted surgical platform that recently received marketing authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today announced that it has closed a $96 million Series D funding round. The round was led by Peregrine Ventures and Ceros, with participation from OurCrowd and Accelmed. The company plans to use the new funding to commercialize its platform in the U.S. and expand its marketing and sales efforts outside of the U.S., too. The company previousl...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, United States, Surgery, Fda, Telemedicine, Ourcrowd, General Partner, U S Food and Drug Administration, CEROS, MEMIC, Peregrine Ventures, Recent Funding


NGK Spark Plugs launches $100M corporate venture fund, will seek M&A opportunities

NGK Spark Plug, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automative spark plugs, announced a new $100 million fund to invest in startups and find potential merger and acquisition deals. The fund was launched with Pegasus Tech Ventures, the “venture capital as a service” firm that has also worked with corporations like Sega Sammy Holdings, Asus and Aisin Seiki to launch venture funds. While best known for its automotive components, NGK Spark Plug also manufacturers many other hardware componen...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, US, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, Nagoya Japan, NGK, Anis Uzzaman, Uzzaman, Aisin Seiki, DNX Ventures


Omada Health launches the Omada Insights Lab to help improve healthcare outcomes

Omada Health , one of the U.S.’s original virtual healthcare providers, today announced the creation of the Omada Insights Lab. “The Insights Lab is an approach to product development that leverages multidisciplinary teams to rapidly look at what does and does not work in a digital care setting and then scale those tools within the company,” Sean Duffy, co-founder and CEO, told TechCrunch. Omada offers care management for diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, preventative health, hypertensio...
Tags: Apple, Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Sean Duffy, Duffy, Omada Health, Omada, TechCrunch Omada


Nabla is building a healthcare super app for women

Meet Nabla, a French startup launching a new app today focused on women’s health. On Nabla, you’ll find several services that should all contribute to helping you stay on top of your health. In short, Nabla lets you chat with practitioners, offers community content, helps you centralize all your medical data and will soon offer telemedicine appointments. Nabla’s key feature right now is the ability to start a conversation with health professionals. You can send a message to a general practitione...
Tags: Apple, Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Europe, Tech, Healthcare, France Newsletter, Alan, Telemedicine, Facebook More, Telehealth, My Little Paris, Nabla, Alan Biloba


Walnut wants to crack open flexibility for healthcare bills

Healthcare insurance, if you’re lucky to have it, only covers a subset of conditions in the United States. As a result, patients can often get burdened with horror story charges, like huge deductibles, out-of-network costs and expensive co-pays. So for the uninsured and insured alike, innovative ways of managing big bills are in high demand — especially as uncertainty remains around how COVID-19 and long-haul symptoms will be handled by patients and payers. Walnut, founded by Roshan Patel, is a...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Texas, NFL, Tech, United States, Healthcare, East Coast, Fintech, Health Tech, Affirm, Giphy, Cto, Klarna, Walnut


Men’s health startup Manual raises $30M Series A from US and European investors

Men’s health and wellbeing startup Manual has raised a $30m Series A round from US-based Sonoma Brands and Waldencast, and Manual’s existing European investors Felix Capital and Cherry Ventures. FJ Labs and the GISEV Family Office also participated in the round. The cash will be used for product development and international expansion. Manual provides diagnostics, treatments and ongoing care and plans to expand across Europe, Asia and Latin America. The company has already expanded to Brazil. Ma...
Tags: Health, Energy, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, US, Articles, Ceo, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Leader, Latin America, Felix Capital, Deliveroo


Investors and business leaders: It’s time to take coaching mainstream

Ariane de Bonvoisin Contributor Share on Twitter Ariane de Bonvoisin is an executive coach to top CEOs, startup founders and VCs. She has keynoted the Oprah conference, given a TED talk, and been invited to Google, Amazon, the World Bank, Union Square Ventures and Red Bull to teach about navigating change and founder and startup wellness. The business world has a love-hate relationship with coaching. Founders are visionaries:...
Tags: Startups, Column, Elon Musk, Labor, Opinion, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mental Health, Ireland, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Estonia, Jeff Bezos, Coach, Oprah, Coaching


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


Google’s Soli radar returns to track sleep on the new Nest Hub

Talk about surprise comebacks. This morning Google announced the arrival of the next-gen Nest Hub. In spite of rebranding from Google Home Hub back in 2019, the smart screen hasn’t seen many changes since its 2018 introduction. Today’s arrival doesn’t represent a huge upgrade from its predecessor, but it does support a familiar — and largely forgotten — face. We haven’t heard a peep from Project Soli since the technology was introduced with the Pixel in late-2019. The miniature, motion-sensing r...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, Hardware, Pokemon, Nest, Amazon Echo, Max, Project Soli, Soli, Google Assistant, Sleep Tracking, Google Home Hub, Nest Hub, Google Soli, Nest Hub Google


Resilience is an ambitious bet to improve cancer treatment

Meet Resilience, a new startup that wants to help cancer treatment institutes as well as cancer patients at every step of the treatment journey. It’s an ambitious project founded by two well-known French entrepreneurs. They want to leverage their tech skills for this new healthcare startup. Behind the scenes, there are two co-CEOs — Céline Lazorthes and Jonathan Benhamou. Nicolas Helleringer and Matthieu Pozza are the two remaining co-founders acting as CTO and CPO respectively. Lazorthes previo...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Tech, Cto, Crédit Mutuel Arkea, Leetchi, Gustave Roussy, Alven, Benhamou, Raffi Kamber, PeopleDoc, Jonathan Benhamou Nicolas Helleringer


Serimmune launches new immune response mapping service for COVID-19

Immune intelligence startup Serimmune hopes to better understand the relationship between antibody epitopes (the parts of antigen molecules that bind to antibodies) and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The company’s proprietary technology, originally developed at UC Santa Barbara, provides a new and specific way of mapping the entire array of an individual’s antibodies through a small blood sample. They do this through the use of a bacterial peptide display — a sort of screening mechanism that can isolate ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Medicine, Tech, Disease, Biotech, Immunology, Mapping Technology, Nasser, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, COVID, Serimmune, Noah Nasser


Forward Health raises $225M from investors including The Weeknd as it looks to expand nationwide

Primary care startup Forward Health is looking to expand its tech-powered, personalized healthcare model across the U.S., and will use a new $225 million Series D raise to help make it happen. The new capital comes from Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, SoftBank, Mark Benioff – and recording artist The Weeknd – among others. I spoke to Forward Health co-founder and CEO Adrian Aoun about his company’s plans for this fresh capital, and we also chatted briefly about how The Weeknd got involved. Forwa...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, New York, Washington, Cancer, Softbank, Tech, Chicago, United States, Healthcare, Disease, Flu, Louisiana, Khosla Ventures, Artist


Ghana’s mPharma partners with Ethiopian conglomerate to enter its eighth market

mPharma, a Ghanaian health tech startup that manages prescription drug inventory for pharmacies and their suppliers, today announced its expansion to Ethiopia . The company was founded by Daniel Shoukimas , Gregory Rockson  and James Finucane in 2013 . It specializes in vendor-managed inventory, retail pharmacy operations and market intelligence serving hospitals, pharmacies and patients . In Africa, the pharmaceutical market faces challenges such as sprawling supply chains, ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Healthcare, Pizza Hut, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Novartis, Biotech, Ghana, Cvs, Rwanda


New clinical trial data from Locus Biosciences shows promise in CRISPR-Cas3 technology

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest potential threats to global health today. But Locus Biosciences is hoping that their crPhage technology might provide a new solution. Based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, the startup recently announced promising phase 1b clinical trial results for their use of CRISPR-Cas3-enhanced bacteriophages as a treatment for urinary tract infections caused by escherichia coli. Led in part by former Patheon executive and current Locus CEO Paul Garofolo, th...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Biology, Cancer, Tech, Biotech, North Carolina, Duke, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Enzymes, Research Triangle, Locus Biosciences


How Rani Therapeutics’ robotic pill could change subcutaneous injection treatment

A new auto-injecting pill might soon become a replacement for subcutaneous injection treatments. The idea for this so-called robotic pill came out of a research project around eight years ago from InCube Labs—a life sciences lab operated by Rani Therapeutics Chairman and CEO Mir Imran, who has degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering from Rutgers University. A prominent figure in life sciences innovation, Imran has founded over 20 medical device companies and helped develop the world’s f...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Tech, Diabetes, San Jose, Biotech, Robotics, Pain, Infection, Medical Devices, Rutgers University, Rani Therapeutics, Imran, InCube Labs, Mir Imran


How Rani Therapeutics’ robotic pill could change subcutaneous injection treament

A new auto-injecting pill might soon become a replacement for subcutaneous injection treatments. The idea for this so-called robotic pill came out of a research project around eight years ago from InCube Labs—a life sciences lab operated by Rani Therapeutics Chairman and CEO Mir Imran, who has degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering from Rutgers University. A prominent figure in life sciences innovation, Imran has founded over 20 medical device companies and helped develop the world’s f...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Tech, Diabetes, San Jose, Biotech, Robotics, Pain, Infection, Medical Devices, Rutgers University, Rani Therapeutics, Imran, Therapeutics, InCube Labs


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


SpineZone is the latest health tech startup to raise millions in the musculoskeletal space

SpineZone is a startup that creates personalized exercise programs and treatment for neck and back pain. The company uses an online platform and in-person clinics to deliver a curriculum that, ideally, helps patients avoid the need for prescription drugs, injections and surgeries, and providers then avoid the cost of all of the above. Co-founded by brothers Kian Raiszadeh and Kamshad Raiszadeh, the company tells TechCrunch that it has raised $12 million in a Series A round led by Polaris Partner...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Cigna, Health Tech, TechCrunch, Early Stage, Polaris Partners, Aetna, Skeleton, Martin Ventures, Providence Ventures, Hinge Health, Recent Funding, Spinezone


Tonal triples its physical stores with Nordstrom partnership

Tonal, maker of the smart home fitness trainer, announced it is more than tripling the number of physical locations it sells devices in through a new partnership with Nordstrom. Starting this month, Tonal will have 50-square-foot stations in the women’s activewear departments of at least 40 Nordstrom locations across the U.S., bringing the total number of Tonal physical locations to 60 by the end of 2021. Shoppers will be able to walk in or book appointments to try Tonal devices and purchase the...
Tags: Health, Startups, Gadgets, Nordstrom, UK, Tech, Taiwan, Exercise, John Foley, Peloton, Stadler, Christopher Stadler, Canada Germany, Tonal, Nordstrom Starting, Walnut Creek Photo


Certific, a health tech startup from the founder of TransferWise, aims to be the rails for certified home testing

Certific, a health tech startup co-founded by TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus, is breaking cover today with the launch of what it claims is the first “certified” remote COVID-19 testing service. The British-Estonian company is using techniques borrowed from the worlds of fintech and telemedicine, including asking users to film themselves while taking the at-home test, in a bold attempt to solve remote testing’s adherence and trust problem. Initially targeting private individuals and businesses in...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Health Tech, Transferwise, Taavet Hinrikus, Hinrikus, COVID-19, Certific, Jack Kreindler, Liis Narusk, Kreindler, Narusk, Kreindler Certific


How will investors value MetroMile and Oscar Health?

Last night, MetroMile and SPAC INSU Acquisition Corp. II completed their combination, putting the per-mile auto insurance startup up for regular trading today for the first time. In the wake of last year’s debuts by neoinsurance companies Lemonade and Root, it’s not surprising to see others test the public markets. For example, Oscar Health recently announced its intention to go public via a traditional IPO. How the new entrants will fare, however, is not clear. The Exchange explores startups, ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, MetroMile, Finance, Tech, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Exchange, Lemonade, Hippo, Oscar Health, Insurtech, The Exchange, Google Finance This


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



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