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Life sciences start-up MEND believes better nutrition will help concussion patients before and after surgery, and is seeking to roll out another of its supplement powders to tap that market. The New York company...
Europe is looking to revolutionize healthcare with a massive project that would  make millions of patient records available to artificial intelligence algorithms. The multi-billion-dollar European Health Data and Evidence Network project will standardize 100...
Lives may be saved if hospitals better predicted sudden downturns in a patient’s health, and were able to see looming organ damage. Google’s London-based A.I. unit says it’s found a way to crunch vital signs and blood...
While wearable fitness technology -- from Motiv rings to bras that can track cardiovascular disease -- has been gaining popularity, there are consumer segments that haven’t been enamored with the new tech: women and minorities. 
Many children have been learning their ABCs through video games. Now Mightier wants to help them conquer anxiety and depression disorders using the same technology.  The gaming startup seeks to treat children with ADHD...
Maria Vorontsova, who is reported to be President Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter, is a shareholder of a company involved in the development of the largest private investment project in Russia’s healthcare, BBC Russia reported today. Vorontsova holds...
Disruptions from Babylon Health’s app are spreading through the U.K.’s National Health Service, with its AI, virtual services and promise of appointments “just a tap away.” But will it go too far, and threaten the funding of...
While Elon Musk’s brain implant company, Neuralink, has announced plans to begin human patient tests before the end of next year, experts believe proving the technology’s competence may take longer. In an event yesterday,...
Dreamlight Tech is rolling out its new meditation sleep mask in a growing market for relaxation devices funded by private capital, while at the same time fending off criticism of the equipment’s effectiveness over the long run.
When people in the U.K. ask Amazon’s Alexa health questions, they’ll get an answer from the country’s National Health Service.   For example, ask “What should I do to stop a headache?” and Alexa will...
Germany’s Vasopharm raised $10.7 million as it plans to submit data for a clinical trial next year for its product that seeks to treat an issue with far-reaching social implications: traumatic brain injury.  Led...
Eisai Inc. opened an incubator for research into Alzheimer’s and other diseases as part of its new dementia research center, as it seeks to to bounce back from the failure of experimental drug aducanumab.
German start-up BioNTech raised $325 million in private funding, one of the largest hauls for a European biopharma company, which will help it develop its pipeline for cancer therapies designed to target unique characteristics of each patient’s...
India’s booming online insurance market is drawing more investors, attracted by the subcontinent’s vast population, opening insurance market and widening middle class. The latest sign of the burgeoning market: the $18.9 million funding round for RenewBuy, a...
The final chapter in Elizabeth Holmes’ story as an entrepreneur is set to begin next year with her fraud trial scheduled for summer of 2020. But medical device startups and investors may find the fallout from the...
If Nia Therapeutics succeeds, brain chips will enter medical clinics in three years that will  provide memory generation for all patients suffering from brain injuries or disorders. Michael Kahana, a University of Pennsylvania researcher,...
Xbiome, which calls itself China’s first AI-based company that specializes in the development of gut microbiome, has raised a total of about $10 million in two venture funding rounds as investors pour money into firms developing products...
Scientists are seen close to delivering on a years-long promise -- molecule-scale nanorobots that destroy breast cancer proteins at their most basic, atomic, levels. If successful in tests on large animals like pigs, the technology may fight...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry Russian scientist Denis Rebrikov told Nature he’s planning the same experiment a Chinese scientist did last year that the rest...
A handful of biotech companies are pursuing the development of microbiome drugs, and many prominent investors are placing their bets. With $35 million series B funding led by Sequoia Capital, Whole Biome is on track...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Diagnostic-imaging company Zebra Medical Vision combines the knowledge of images and the power of the cloud to read X-Ray,...
Abacus Insights, a cloud-powered healthcare data startup, raised $12.7 million in series A funding, as investors bet that cloud-based data management solutions will migrate from hospitals to health insurance companies. Abacus is the...
With chronic care – conditions like diabetes, COPD, cancer, hypertension and others – soaking up ever more healthcare resources, providers and insurers are searching for ways to address preventative and behavioral risks before they grow into...
OnSite Waste Technologies says the high costs and inefficiencies of medical waste disposal services makes the industry ripe for disruption. Just earlier this month, the Newport Beach, California-based OnSite closed a $3.5 million seed funding round, led...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Digital health startups are flocking to Africa to pick up the slack of its typically underserved and overworked health system. One player is Babylon, a London-based digital health app that allows patients to undergo virtual consolutions with...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry. Zipline, a medicine drone-delivery startup, raised $190 million in funding from investors and donors including Goldman Sachs, signaling African’s daunting medical-care situation are attracting Silicon Valley...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Chiratae Ventures has made a name for itself in India’s fast-growing venture capital scene with investments focused on innovative consumer tech, health and online retail. But the fund, part of the...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Stuart Blitz has a dream. One day, someone will type ‘blood testing technology’ into Google and get the name of his company, Seventh Sense Bio, rather...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Spencer Gerrol is the founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, a neuroanalytics company that measures emotion and attention to optimize advertising and entertainment. Years...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. It’s been an interesting year for Poseida Therapeutics, the human therapeutics company that spun out of Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals in 2015. Poseida in January filed for an...
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