Laura Lovett

May 22, 2018
Treating the opioid epidemic has challenged researchers and providers for years. Looking at patient adherence — both to opioid substitutes and painkillers — has been an avenue several companies have begun to look at.  Recently Toronto-based nGageIT has unveiled its latest digital health product, NanoSmart, which can use a patient’s breath to determine their medication adherence. The platform...
May 22, 2018
Patient-provider communication platform Luma Health has just announced that it landed $6.3 million in a Series A funding round led by U.S Venture Partners with participation from Stanford-StartX Fund and existing investors, bring the total financing to $9.7 million.  The platform aims to tackle the gaps in booking, scheduling, and communications. One of the key focuses of the company is to remedy...
May 22, 2018
In the past checking your blood pressure generally meant a trip to the doctor's office—or at least a pharmacy. But that could be changing.  This morning Neuchatel Switzerland-based startup aktiia launched with the goal of commercializing a continuous blood pressure monitoring bracelet. The technology has been years in the making. In fact, the new startup is a spinout of CSEM, a Swiss research and...
May 21, 2018
Eye telemedicine company Simple Contacts announced it raked in $16 million in Series B funding at the end of last week. The latest round, which was led by Waypoint Capital Partners with participation from returning investors Goodwater Capital, Steven Cohen, executives from Flatiron Health and a number of ophthalmologists, brings the company’s total funding to $26 million.  The company allows...
May 21, 2018
The British government is now turning to artificial intelligence as an avenue for early cancer and chronic disease detection. This morning, Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to invest in AI technology development for the healthcare sector as part of her industrial strategy. The plans aim not only to improve healthcare but to grow the country's AI industry.  “The UK will use data,...
May 21, 2018
This morning, the employee wellness and health engagement platforms Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health announced that they are merging under the Virgin Pulse name. The merger comes after Marlin Equity Partners' acquisition of RedBrick Health last week and Virgin Pulse today, both for an undisclosed sum. “We are thrilled to join with RedBrick to set a new vision and standard for employee health,...
May 17, 2018
Yesterday, startup LifePlus exited stealth mode to reveal what it claims to be the first noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable, called LifeLeaf. Although details are scare on exactly how the technology works, the company said the product is being tested in five clinical trials around the world.  “We have been in stealth mode and today we are thrilled to announce...
May 17, 2018
Head and neck cancer patients who were given smartphone and sensor technology as a way to remotely monitor their symptoms reported less severe symptoms from their cancer and treatment than their counterparts who did receive the technology, according to a recent study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.  A total of 357 people who were undergoing radiation...
May 17, 2018
This morning Shanghai-based insurtech company CareVoice launched what it claims is the first AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China.  Insurance members can use the AI system to help triage their symptoms before going to see a doctor. The latest technology is integrated with the CareVoice platform and will let users check their symptoms, access self-...
May 16, 2018
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new system that enables normal smartphones when paired with a phone cradle to detect foodborne pathogens in produce.  “This technology could be used on a farm or in a food processing factory to provide on-the-spot detection,” Euiwon Bae, a senior research scientist in the Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering, who co-developed the technology,...