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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


Vietnam-based healthcare booking app Docosan gets $1M seed funding led by AppWorks

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Docosan helps patients avoid long waits by letting them search and book doctors through its app. The company announced today it has raised more than $1 million in seed funding, which is claims is one of the largest seed rounds ever for a Vietnamese healthtech startup. The investment was led by AppWorks, the Taiwan-based early-stage investor and accelerator program, with participation from David Ma and Huat Ventures. Founded in 2020, the app has been used by about 50,00...
Tags: Health, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Taiwan, Healthcare, Vietnam, Healthtech, Lopez, Telehealth, David Ma, Praava Health, Docosan, AppWorks, Huat Ventures Founded


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


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


Creator economy’s slow burn

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and  and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s rigamarole of news. Alex took some well-deserved time off, but that meant we got to poke a little fun at him and create a Special Edition segment to start off the show. Jokes aside, this week was yet another spree of creator economy, edtech, and new fund announcements, with fresh and unexpe...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Podcast, Tech, Mental Health, Netflix, New Jersey, Healthcare, Equity, KKR, Alex, Edtech, Health Tech, Patreon, Sequoia


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


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


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


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


Vibrant raises $7.5M for a drug-free mechanical pill to treat constipation

Vibrant, a medical technology company that’s developed a disposable vibrating pill to treat chronic constipation, today announced its Series E for $7.5 million. The company is based in Tel Aviv and is lead by Lior Ben-Tsur, a startup veteran. Since its founding in 2007, the company has raised a total of $25 million. This round is being led by Unorthodox Ventures with participation by Sequoia. Vibrant, which is going through its third and final round of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing,...
Tags: Health, TC, Tel Aviv, Insurance, Tech, Ceo, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Biotech, Chemicals, Health Tech, Medical Technology, Medical Tech, Food and Drug Administration FDA, American Gastroenterological Association, Capsule


Better Health raises $3.5M seed round to reinvent medical supply shopping through e-commerce

The home medical supply market in the U.S. is significant and growing, but the way that Americans go about getting much-needed medical supplies, particularly for those with chronic conditions, relies on outdated and clumsy sales mechanisms that often have very poor customer experiences. New startup Better Health aims to change that, with an e-commerce approach to serving customers in need of medical supplies for chronic conditions, and it has raised $3.5 million in a new seed round to pursue its...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Tech, United States, Surgery, Oscar, Healthcare Industry, Medicare, Pain, Port, Shopify, Advisors, Caffeinated Capital, Software Engineer, Humana


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


Deep science: AI is in the air, water, soil and steel

Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter. This week brings a few unusual applications of or developments in machine learning, as well as a particularly unusual rejectio...
Tags: Health, TC, Video, Science, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Epa, Ultrasound, Baghdad, University Of Tokyo, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Cognitive Science, Smart Speaker, Deepfakes


Amazon will expand its Amazon Care on-demand healthcare offering US-wide this summer

Amazon is apparently pleased with how its Amazon Care pilot in Seattle has gone, since it announced this morning that it will be expanding the offering across the U.S. this summer, and opening it up to companies of all sizes, in addition to its own employees. The Amazon Care model combines on-demand and in-person care, and is meant as a solution from the search giant to address shortfalls in current offerings for employer-sponsored healthcare. In a blog post announcing the expansion, Amazon tout...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Technology, Enterprise, Washington, US, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Computing, Aws, Berkshire Hathaway, Seattle


Amazon will expand its Amazon Care on-demand healthcare offering U.S.-wide this summer

Amazon is apparently pleased with how its Amazon Care pilot in Seattle has gone, since it announced this morning that it will be expanding the offering across the U.S. this summer, and opening it up to companies of all sizes, in addition to its own employees. The Amazon Care model combines on-demand and in-person care, and is meant as a solution from the search giant to address shortfalls in current offering for employer-sponsored healthcare offerings. In a blog post announcing the expansion, Am...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Technology, Enterprise, Washington, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Computing, Aws, Berkshire Hathaway, Seattle, Baltimore


Riva Health wants to turn your smartphone into a blood pressure monitor

Riva, founded by scientist Tuhin Sinha and Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus, wants to help people measure their blood pressure in a clinically-approved way. Blood pressure can help indicate at-risk patients before they are actually at risk, showing early signs of heart disease. And while other hardware solutions on the market promise the same end-goal, Riva wants to be a purely software solution that integrates with hardware that it thinks its end-user has anyways: their smartphone. The company, lau...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Steve Jobs, Siri, Tech, Fda, Menlo Ventures, Digital Health, HIPAA, Riva, Sinha, Zane, Viv, Dag Kittlaus, Kittlaus


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


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


Celebs like Rob Dyrdek, Joe Jonas, and Travis Barker are backing the nootropic nosh company, Mindright

It was only a matter of time before someone married the nascent nootropic supplements for brain health to the snack bar craze that continues to attract dollars and exits. That time is apparently now, as Rob Dyrdek, the MTV-famous celebrity, pro-skater and entrepreneur, and Chris Bernard announce a new investment in the company they co-founded, Mindright , alongside celebrity investors including Joe Jonas, Travis Barker, and The Profit’s Marcus Lemonis.  “When we started down the path of condi...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, Articles, Tech, Mtv, Joe Jonas, Founder, Bernard, Travis Barker, Rob Dyrdek, Marcus Lemonis, Dyrdek, Co-founder, Rob Dyrdek Joe Jonas, Chris Bernard


UK’s MHRA says it has ‘concerns’ about Babylon Health — and flags legal gap around triage chatbots

The UK’s medical device regulator has admitted it has concerns about VC-backed AI chatbot maker Babylon Health. It made the admission in a letter sent to a clinician who’s been raising the alarm about Babylon’s approach toward patient safety and corporate governance since 2017. The HSJ reported on the MHRA’s letter to Dr David Watkins yesterday. TechCrunch has reviewed the letter (see below), which is dated December 4, 2020. We’ve also seen additional context about what was discussed in a mee...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, UK, London, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, NHS, Advertising Standards Authority, Wolverhampton, Rwanda, Glassdoor, Babylon Health, Babylon


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


International VC firm Presight Capital raises $350M second fund

Presight Capital has closed its $350 million second fund only a year and a half after it announced an $80 million first fund. In fact, General Partner Christian Angermayer told me that the fund was raised in just a few weeks, and that it shot past the initial goal of $250 million. Presight is the international venture arm of Angermayer’s family office Apeiron Investment Group, which has more than $2.5 billion in assets under management. When I spoke to him about Presight’s first fund, he emphasi...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, US, Tech, Venture Capital, Hansen, Brent Hoberman, Xing, Carl Hansen, Apeiron, Apeiron Investment Group, Compass Pathways, Christian Angermayer, Angermayer, Presight Capital


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


Clue gets FDA clearance to launch a digital contraceptive

Clue, an early pioneer in the femtech category with a well-regarded period-tracking app that’s used by around 13 million people, is getting ready to launch a digital contraceptive which will offer users a statistical prediction of ovulation as a birth control tool. A US launch of Clue Birth Control is slated for “this year”. The team won’t be more specific on the date yet. Pricing will be “premium” — but they’re also keeping the exact cost under wraps for now. The Berlin-based company is today...
Tags: Health, TC, Apps, Europe, Sweden, Berlin, Nokia, US, Tech, West Africa, Fda, Clue, Dot, Walter, Tsang, Carrie



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