Saturday, December 14, 2019

Diagnostics

This category breaks down revolutionary technologies reimagining how the healthcare industry predicts, diagnoses, treats, and cures medical crises of today while making it accessible and affordable.

Climate Inaction Means Children Born Today Will Face Severe Health Risks, New Report Warns

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There’s no question that global warming is already affecting global health. As natural disasters displace millions of people, higher average temperatures encourage the spread of disease.  About 7 million people die annually from pollution exposure, says the World Health Organization. 

AI Matches Doctors in Correctly Diagnosing Disease, Raising Hopes for Improved Treatments

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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. Using medical images, deep...

Europe Allots $3 Billion to Standardize Health Data for Artificial Intelligence

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 million patient records and permit...

Caption Health Aims to Make Heart Ultrasounds More Accurate and Accessible

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Good ultrasound images of the heart can be especially elusive; the heart is a perpetually moving target, tucked behind the thick walls of the chest. San Francisco-based startup Caption Health is aiming to make heart sonograms more accurate and accessible, using cutting-edge...

UBiome the Latest Cautionary Tale for Pharmacy Chains Seeking Bigger Healthcare Roles

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 effort to rebrand itself as...

Why Wearable Fitness Technology Is Still Leaving Minorities Behind

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.  The issue, research shows,...

Putin’s Daughter to Manage $633 Million Advanced Cancer Treatment Project

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 20% in Nomeko, which may...

Magnetar Raising $400 Million for Healthcare Fund as Private Money Piles into Industry

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Magnetar Capital, which has made billions on its energy and infrastructure bets, is joining others who are seeing green lights flashing in healthcare. The $13.4 billion hedge fund is seeking to raise $400 million, Bloomberg reported, citing a person...

Google Aims to Own Healthcare/Wearables Space With Fitbit Purchase

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Google, scouting out opportunities at the intersection of digital technology and healthcare, is paying $2.1 billion to buy Fitbit, which will permit it to leverage its tech expertise and expand in the rapidly growing wearables market. The purchase may...

Dreamlights Pitches Zen Sleep Mask in Crowded Meditation Tech Market

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. The Dreamlight...

Color Adds Counseling to Genetic Services, With Eye Toward Better Healthcare for Underserved Groups

As sales of consumer genetic tests slow amid rising privacy concerns, Color Genomics has chosen a different path, by focusing on counseling services and selling to crowds overlooked by industry leaders 23andme and Ancestry.   Color, based in Burlingame, California,...

Mightier’s Video Games Aim to Impart Soothing Techniques to ADHD Kids

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 and otherwise help kids gain...

OnSite Looks to Disrupt Medical-Waste Market By Staying On Site

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 by Mark IV Capital and...

Google DeepMind Crunching Data, Deploying A.I. to Predict Killer Organ Failure

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 test results from thousands of...

DNA Robots May Soon Help Fight Breast Cancer in Humans

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 cancer cells throughout the body.

How Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Fix Science

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s embattled co-founder and CEO, isn’t just interested in creating the biggest ad machine and political platform in history. He also wants to fix and accelerate the rate of scientific discovery. In a video conversation published on...

Mursla Wants to Be the First Company to Sell Quantum Biology Product to Consumers

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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, a U.K.-based startup, is an...

Amazon Alexa’s U.K. Health Partnership Speaks to a Voice-Assisted Future

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 read off a list of...

Babylon: HealthTech Startup Challenging Britain’s Health Service

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 the government health system?

Google’s Porat Sees AI as Weapon in Breast Cancer War, as CFO Discusses Her Struggle With Disease

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Google says it wants to be more than just a search engine for breast-cancer patients -- a point  CFO Ruth Porat makes in a blog post in which she discusses her own struggles with the disease. The Alphabet Inc....

Eisai Tries to Bounce Back With New Dementia Approach

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. Eisai’s new Genetics Guided Dementia...

Amazon Debuts Service Enabling Doctors to Dictate Notes in Real Time

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Amazon’s latest step in using technology to make healthcare more effective is simple: A voice-technology service that enables medical providers to spend more time with patients.The service, called Amazon Transcribe Medical, enables doctors to quickly dictate their notes into accurate speech in...

From Fertility to Fintech, Chiratae Ventures Tackles India’s Big Problems

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 global IDG Ventures family, has...

Zebra’s Artificial Intelligence Speeds Up Diagnosis for Patients

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, CT and MRI scans faster...

Group K Diagnostics: “The most usable diagnostic will likely win out.”

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, any anomalies present. This point-of-care blood...

Walgreens to Close 150 Instore Clinics as Effort to Provide Services Struggles

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Walgreens, still dealing with the fallout from opening Theranos Wellness Centers inside its stores, is pulling back further on in-store clinics.  Walgreens Boots Alliance by year’s end will close 150, or 40%, of the clinics located in its stores...

Medication Drone Delivery Startup Zipline Attracts Major Investors

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 and Wall Street’s attention. The California-based...

Magic Leap Jumps to Business Equipment After Entertainment Headset Fails with Consumers

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Magic Leap, in the midst of a pivot after its much-hyped entertainment headset failed to catch on, debuted a new version of its augmented-reality equipment that’s designed for a new crowd -- businesses including healthcare.The Magic Leap Enterprise Suite, consisting of an...

Sathya Elumalai: On the Cusp of Revolutionizing At-Home Care

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 focus of my entire career. After...

Sequoia and Highlight Give Cullgen $16M in Series A Financing

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 diseases in a fresh way...
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