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Rite Aid, its stock price dropping and future uncertain, named a female executive with a background in technology to lead the company as it struggles to find its footing in a changing industry and growing competition.
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.
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...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The web of regulatory and individual privacy requirements in the U.S. makes it extremely difficult to be innovative in the healthcare sector. Even...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. CMS Medical Venture Investment has bought a quarter of Midatech Pharma Plc’s stock outstanding, reported Bloomberg on April 8. Both are specialty pharmaceutical companies, with CMS owned by...
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...
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...
When Luca Biologics began operations this spring, it was a startup in name only, since its co-founders had been collecting laboratory data on women’s health for nearly two decades.  Armed with that research, Luca...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Biotech firm Cullgen’s April 10 announcement that it had received a $16 million Series A financing aimed at advancing treatment of cancer and inflammatory and autoimmune...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Get with it, bro culture. Femtech is thriving and able to generate cash big time. The women’s health company Elvie announced on April 2, that it has raised its...
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.
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world’s biggest manufacturer of scientific instruments, bid for Brammer Bio LLC on March 24 in a $1.7 billion cash deal. The move would give the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. US HealthVest (USHV) received a $55 million senior secured term loan from Silicon Valley Bank to finance existing debt and fund expansion and construction of its behavioral health facilities...
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,...
From a social network for addicts to robots that test sewage water for traces of drugs, startups and private companies are applying innovative solutions to one of the nation’s most pressing problems -- its opioid epidemic. Over...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Private equity firm TA Associates acquired a minority stake in Indira IVF, a leading fertility hospital chain in India. The Boston-based TA Associates said its investment will go into...
The number of Americans without health insurance rose by 1.9 million last year, the first increase since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, after the Trump Administration weakened efforts to enroll more people.Uninsured residents totaled...
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,...
Achilles Therapeutics’s raising of $120 million to conduct clinical trials of a cancer treatment underscores the promise of therapies that use immune systems to target and eradicate tumor cells. The Achilles therapy uses a...
Sound Businesses: Companies we are keeping an eye on. Sathya Elumalai is the CEO of Aidar Health, a digital healthcare company that provides monitoring of health data, cloud-based machine learning and other proprietary technology applications. Improving patient care globally has been the...
In a move certain to set medical ethicists’ heads spinning, stem-cell researchers in Japan are launching a study with an aim to create hybrid animals out of rats and mice that will produce human organs for medical...
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