Heather Mack

May 31, 2017
Cure Forward shuts down. Cure Forward, a clinical trial matching platform aimed at cancer patients, has shut down its operations. The Cambridge, Massachusetts startup launched in 2015 with $15 million in venture backing, but was unable to generate new revenue going forward. In a message on its website, Cure Forward referred visitors to its site to the Cancer Support Community in their quest to...
May 31, 2017
London-based FitnessGenes, which creates personalized fitness and nutrition plans for individuals based on a the results of an at-home DNA testing kit, has raised $5 million. Sino-German High Tech Fund (SGHF), an investment fund comprised of China’s Donghai Securities and Germany’s Grunderfonds, led the round. FitnessGenes positions its product as a means of figuring out which specific diet plan...
May 30, 2017
Back pain may be one of the most common human afflictions, but treatment for the condition is often unsuccessful due to a number of reasons including backlogs in the healthcare system because of physician shortages or antiquated IT systems, patients who don’t fully understand their condition or how to manage it, and inadequate treatment plans that don’t lend themselves to interventions when they...
May 30, 2017
Backed by $3.7 million in funding led by Greylock Partners, San Francisco-based fitness app company Gixo has officially launched its subscription-based live workout app to Android and iOS. Cowboy Ventures and xSeed Capital also contributed funding to the round. It’s hardly the only fitness app out there, but Gixo is trying to set itself apart by being one of the most approachable and easy to fit...
May 26, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia-based Sharecare, a wellness and patient engagement company known for its serial acquisitions, has received an investment from Summit Partners that brings the company’s total funding to $300 million. The company said a third of that figure was raised in 2017 alone, and Sharecare will use the latest capital to expand their workforce and invest in new strategies to continue growing...
May 25, 2017
The proliferation and ever-increasing sophistication of wearable activity trackers makes clear that we have come a long way from analog pedometers and clunky heart rate monitors, but new research suggests those metrics may be the only ones modern wearables can accurately track. Stanford researchers took a hard look at seven different consumer wearables with a group of 60 volunteers, who wore the...
May 25, 2017
Temporary doctor staffing platform wanders west. Nomad Health, which offers an online platform to connect doctors with freelance clinical work, has expanded its footprint into California and Texas. Founded in 2015 (and serving all of the east coast), the company works to offset doctor staffing shortages using a cloud-based virtual marketplace rather than the often time-consuming paper, phone and...
May 25, 2017
New York City-based Blink Health, a well-funded digital health company that makes an app and online tool to help consumers find low prices on medications, is the target of a $30 million lawsuit filed by one of its early investors, Michael Karsch, who is claiming the company and its founders are guilty of a number of illegal actions including fraud, concealment, breach of contract, unjust...
May 24, 2017
While behavioral health and physical health have historically been thought of (and treated) as completely separate areas of care, the simple fact is there just aren’t as many healthcare professionals who specialize in the mind as there are who treat the body. But nearly 70 percent of American adults who have a behavioral health condition also have a medical co-morbidity, which led the Bronx, New...
May 23, 2017
Understanding the gaps between reality and perception of digital health technologies is key to identifying how it can best be used. That was the aim of the recently released Future Health Index, a Royal Philips-commissioned international survey of healthcare professionals and the general public to gauge their readiness to implement and integrate connected care technologies. Now in its second year...