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.

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...

CRISPR Passes In-Human Safety Test, Showing Promise for Gene-Editing Tool’s Role in New Medications

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The gene-editing technique known as CRISPR was declared safe and feasible after a trial in cancer patients, potentially opening the door for the controversial tool’s wider use in fighting disease and improving health.The clinical trial, with just three patients, was designed simply...

China’s Surveillance State Meets Coronavirus: App Lets Users Track Proximity to Infected

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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 with a goal of cutting...

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...

Fracking Investigated Following Surge of Rare Cancer Cases in Pennsylvania

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Fracking, assailed for its environmental cost while its made the U.S. the world’s top oil producer, is being investigated as a possible cause in the surge of young people hit by a rare cancer in Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania is funding research into finding if...

Apple, Johnson & Johnson to Study Whether Apple Watch Can Curb Stroke Risk

Your Apple Watch may soon be able to save your life. The devices used for everything from messaging friends to shopping may also be able to curb stroke risk by detecting atrial fibrillation — or irregular heartbeats — before...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Robots Steadying Surgeons’ Hands Are Permitting Previously Impossible ‘Supermicrosurgery’

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Robot technology has found a new use: steadying the hands of surgeons and permitting previously impossible operations. Doctors in the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands used a new robot for the first time to perform a delicate...

Christian Bailey: “I realized there wasn’t someone connecting the solutions that were literally sitting on the shelf.”

Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America, with melanoma, the deadliest type, seeing a breakneck increase in diagnoses in the last 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society. But...

Charlie Kim: “Technologies are not looking at healthcare as a whole as a holistic system.”

Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Hands up if, in 2016, you’d just bought new headphones to use with your iPhone, only to discover that Apple had ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack for a Lightning connector....

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...

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,...

AI-Powered Robot Friends Aim to Help Users Cope with Loneliness, Mental Health Issues

Sam sends a message to his friend every morning asking how she feels that day, followed by a smiley emoji. He reminds her to take good care of herself and encourages her to be positive.  Sam is not real....

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Babylon Health’s Algorithm, By Linking Needles in Medical Haystacks, May Improve Diagnoses

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Babylon Health, whose chatbot app is already disrupting the U.K.’s National Health Service, is aiming for perhaps a greater revolution: supercharging medical diagnoses with an algorithm that analyzes vast, unconnected databases for causes and effects.The technique distinguishes between cause and effect and...

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...

Andreessen Horowitz Applying Software Savvy to Sniff out Healthcare Deals With Biggest Bio Fund Yet

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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, has pulled together its third...

Medical Data Mining Expediting New Drug Approval From FDA Arouses Private Investors

Drugmakers are finding themselves getting into mining these days. And venture capital is taking notice. Pharmaceutical companies have started to replace parts of clinical trials with mining medical records to speed drug approval, with the support of the U.S....

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...
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