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Blackstone, which last year started up a life sciences investing arm, is pouring $400 million into a venture with a Swiss pharmaceutical firm to develop and commercialize a gene therapy for bladder cancer. Blackstone’s...
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...
As concerns rise about the growing percentage of U.S. drugs manufactured in China, U.S legislators are seeking measures to bring more of the industry back onshore. During a congressional hearing Wednesday, regulators and lawmakers...
Key Takeaway: With concerns about the privacy of genetic data rising, Nebula Genomics has developed a Blockchain-based genomic marketplace, where users decide who gets access to their...
Private equity firm GHO Capital Partners, reflecting European investors’ bullishness for healthcare, topped expectations by raising almost $1.1 billion for its second fund.  The total, surpassing GHO’s $885 million goal, is a record for...
A Chinese app that lets users check their proximity to people infected with coronavirus may be poised to backfire because it’s unreliable and may stigmatize patients, a report says. The app launched last week...
Stem cell biotech company Novoheart and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced they would be partnering to develop the first test tube model of human heart failure, also called heart-in-a-jar. The companies said they would use...
It has been an exciting week for quantum biology enthusiasts, with two separate studies suggesting new ways to leverage quantum principles in life sciences applications. Researchers from the Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University...
Artificial intelligence examining medical images can correctly identify diseases with greater speed and accuracy than doctors, raising the possibility that automated diagnosis may soon be common in parts of the world where specialists are scarce.
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 Takeaway: The world’s biggest tech firms, including Alphabet, Amazon and Apple, are using cutting edge digital technologies to build the future of healthcare, a more than...
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...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Brooks Tingle, president and chief executive officer of John Hancock Insurance, spearheads the insurance giant’s life insurance operations, including its data-enabled Vitality program. The program provides...
Pacemakers, insulin pumps and other medical devices using software called IPnet contain potential flaws that make them vulnerable to cyber attacks, the Food and Drug Administration has warned.The agency is working with medical device makers to determine...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Just two drops of blood is all it takes — that is Sight Diagnostics’ promise to analyze, in a matter of seconds,...
A recent number of studies and funding rounds offered a glimpse into what the new wave of quantum biology research may offer and how the new generation of innovative solutions may take shape. Mursla,...
The transplantation of pig organs into humans moved a step closer to reality after investors upped their bets, pouring in $100 million, on the work of biotechnology company eGenesis. The Cambridge, Massachusetts company uses...
While the number of microbiome-focused products and investments rises, the science remains in a nascent stage, and expectations for the industry may be ahead of reality, according to speakers at a Bard College symposium on Thursday.
Sex tech was back at the annual Consumer Electronic Show, with the focus on more polite theme of “wellness,” and less on sex toys. The wellness technology goes beyond vibrators to tools intended to...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. It’s been said that all politics is local. At the community-health platform Cityblock Health, they believe that health, too, is local. The company, founded in 2017 and...
Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley PE firm that bet on Twitter, Skype and BuzzFeed, is boosting wagers on another industry being transformed by software: healthcare. The firm, with $10 billion in assets under management,...
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...
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...
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. Diagnostic-imaging company Zebra Medical Vision combines the knowledge of images and the power of the cloud to read X-Ray,...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Venture capital firm Hatteras Venture Partners raised $94 million for its sixth fund, HVP VI, with plans to hit $200 million for investments in life science...
Medicare may not be getting the best prescription drug deals it can, meaning senior citizens using the plan are overpaying, a new study suggests. Private insurance companies adopt cheaper generic drugs at a faster...
Magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression took another step toward mainstream acceptance as a venture capital-backed company announced positive results from a psilocybin trial. Compass Pathways’ psilocybin medication was “well-tolerated in healthy volunteers,”...
In 2014, CVS quit cigarettes. And when the world’s No. 2 pharmacy chain gave up $2 billion in recurring annual revenue from selling tobacco products, the choice was hardly altruistic. The move was part of a larger...
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...
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