Heather Mack

June 30, 2017
The relationship between global pharmaceutical company Roche and digital diabetes management app maker mySugr has been growing for the past couple of years. First there was the investment, then there was the partnership, and now Roche is going all in and becoming the exclusive shareholder of mySugr.  Under the agreement, mySugr will continue to function as a separate legal entity, but will serve...
June 29, 2017
Life sciences consulting firm Parexel is teaming up with Sanofi to research the role of wearables in clinical trials. While sensor-enabled devices have increasingly featured in a variety of research projects and studies, their efficacy and accuracy remains a point of debate, and Parexel and Sanofi hope to investigate that question. Together, Sanofi and Parexel are leveraging their respective...
June 29, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden-based Kry, purveyors of an app-based telemedicine service, have closed on almost $22.6 million in Series A funding led by Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners. Index Ventures, Creandum and Project A also returned to contribute to financing. The company received $6.8 million in seed funding August 2016, and the latest funding brings Kry’s total capital to date to $29.4...
June 28, 2017
It’s impossible to watch a baby at all times, no matter how little sleep new parents get. But that doesn’t stop parents from trying to keep tabs on their child at any time of day or night, meaning the market for smart baby monitoring products isn’t slowing down. The latest to raise funding in this space is Silicon Valley-based Cocoon Cam, which just closed $4 million in Series A led by Happiness...
June 28, 2017
PatientPoint, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company that makes education and engagement platforms for patients and providers, has raised $140 million in new funding from Searchlight Capital Partners and Silver Point Capital. The company – which provides content through a variety of delivery methods including digital waiting rooms and interactive touchscreens in exam rooms – plans to use the latest...
June 22, 2017
For all the debate over the staying power of wearables – with some writing them off as a fad inevitably headed towards obsolescence like countless other types of consumer technology – the market doesn’t seem to line up with those concerns. According to the International Data Corporation’s last check, the demand for wearables is actually expected to grow. In 2017, the IDC estimates vendors will...
June 22, 2017
As virtual private assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to integrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs). The intention...
June 21, 2017
Headspace, maker of the eponymous meditation and mental well-being app, has hired Ross Hoffman as the company’s chief business officer. Hoffman joins Headspace after six years at Twitter, where he most recently held the post of SVP of global partnerships. The appointment comes at a time of change for Headspace, which recently laid off 13 staff positions in the marketing department but also...
June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right. There have been many efforts as of late, including...
June 20, 2017
Denver-based telemedicine startup CirrusMD, which focuses on a text-first approach to virtual visits for large health systems and payers, has closed on $7 million in Series A funding led by Colorado Impact Fund. Bootstrap Incubation, Three Leaf Ventures, Rockies Venture Fund, Service Provider Capital, Sand Hill Angels and New York Angels also contributed. The company last raised money in March...