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By Heather Mack December 2, 2016
London-based genomics company DNAFit has launched Elevate, an online training platform that incorporates users’ genetic information to create personalized workout plans. Elevate, which DNAFit developed with the input of Olympic track and field athlete Greg Rutherford, is based on the company’s saliva-based genetic test kit. It screens for 45 specific gene variants, which may be linked to each...
By Jonah Comstock December 2, 2016
Austin, Texas-based Medici, a recently launched telemedicine startup, has raised $24.2 million according to an SEC filing. The company confirmed that it has raised a funding round, although it wouldn't confirm the amount or name the investors. According to CEO and founder Clinton Phillips, the funding was a private placement from 10 individuals, most of whom are CEOs of non-healthcare companies...
By Heather Mack December 2, 2016
UK-based roadtohealth, which makes a health improvement app called Quealth, has announced it has completed a clinical validation study of the dementia risk assessment tool within the app. Quealth, which is free and available on both iOS and Android, guides users through lifestyle modification behaviors to reduce the risk of five major non-communicable but sometimes preventable diseases: type 2...
By Jonah Comstock December 2, 2016
Angel, a company that has been working since 2013 on an open source wearable tracker that could be programmed for different use cases, has shut down the project and, likely, the company.  The company announced the news via a large banner on its website reading "This project is no longer active". Angel executives did not respond to MobiHealthNews's request for an interview. Bob Troia, known as "...
By Heather Mack December 2, 2016
Germantown, Maryland-based Senseonics, which is working on a long-term implantable continuous glucose monitor called Eversense, has expanded its exclusive distribution agreement with Roche. Now, Roche will have exclusive rights to promote, market and sell the Eversense product line to diabetes clinics and patients in in most of Europe (excluding Scandinavia and Finland), the Middle East (except...
By Heather Mack December 1, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health, which offers a digitally-guided respiratory therapy platform, has teamed up with Medical International Research (MIR) to offer several of the Italian health technology company’s mobile and clinical spirometers alongside the Propeller system. The addition of sprirometers will give Propeller a more complete vision of the people using their platform, which...
By Jonah Comstock December 1, 2016
Digital health hires news has been on the slow side around the holiday season, but there is at least one big piece of personnel news: Lisa Suennen, a digital health-focused investor, has joined GE Ventures as Managing Director, focused on healthcare.  Suennen invested with Psilos Group from 1998 to 2014 and for the last two years has been doing deals and consulting at her own firm, Venture...
By Heather Mack December 1, 2016
Fertility apps aren’t just for women. A new male fertility kit and companion app from Medical Electronic Systems, which makes commercial-grade automated semen analyzers, allows men to test their semen at home using their smartphone. The test is called YO, and features a clip-on mini microscope that users attach to their smartphone, plus a sample collection cup, a testing slide, a plastic pipette...
By Heather Mack December 1, 2016
Monitoring the everyday activity of people who have had a stroke is a challenge for doctors. So a team of researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands is working on a wearable tracker that can keep close tabs on patients as they recover – 41 tabs, to be exact. Doctoral student Bart Klaasen worked with an international team of healthcare professionals and engineers to develop a...
By Jonah Comstock December 1, 2016
According to a scoop from The Information last night, fitness tracker market leader Fitbit will buy beleaguered smartwatch pioneer Pebble. TechCrunch and Engadget are both citing anonymous sources, saying that the deal is for between $34 million and $40 million -- barely enough, TechCrunch says, for Pebble to cover its debts. The news isn't entirely unexpected -- it was clear that Pebble was...

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