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By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2017
Outcome Health, a maker of waiting room screens and tablets for patient education and pharmaceutical marketing, has raised at least $500 million in first round funding, lending the company a valuation of around $5 billion. Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Alphabet’s growth equity investment fund CapitalG, Leerink Transformation Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Balyasny Asset...
By Heather Mack May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...
By Heather Mack April 20, 2017
Alphabet-owned Verily has launched the Project Baseline Study, a collaborative effort with Stanford Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine to amass a large collection of broad phenotypic health data in hopes of developing a well-defined reference of human health. Project Baseline aims to gather data from around 10,000 participants, each of whom will be followed for four years, and will...
By Heather Mack April 17, 2017
Verily has debuted a new health-tracking wearable designed for use in a series of observational and longitudinal studies. With the aptly dubbed Study Watch – which is not available for consumer purchase – the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences aims to push new boundaries in the size, scope and sophistication of wearable data-gathering. Featuring numerous physiological and...
By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2017
Verily, the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences, raised $800 million in funding today from Temasek, a Singapore-based investment company. Temasek will take a minority stake in the company and nominate a member to the company's board. “Temasek has a history of thoughtful and enduring capital investments, including in life sciences and healthcare, and this commitment to a...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
A new kind of doctor’s office opened in San Francisco this week: Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun that infuses a brick-and-mortar office with data-driven technology and artificial intelligence.  For $149 per month, Forward members can come to the flagship office that features six examination rooms – equipped with interactive personalized...
By Heather Mack December 6, 2016
Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures (later renamed GV) who left the company earlier this year, has reportedly raised $230 million for a new fund that will focus on healthcare investments. As Recode reports, sources close to Maris said regulatory filings related to the funding will be released as early as this week. The fund is called Section 32, and will largely be run by...
By Heather Mack September 12, 2016
Verily Life Sciences, a division of Google parent company Alphabet, has teamed up with French healthcare company Sanofi to launch Onduo, a diabetes-focused collaboration that leverages Sanofi’s pharmaceutical expertise and Verily’s command of miniaturized electronics, analytics and consumer software development. The two companies together invested about $500 million in Onduo. The joint venture is...
By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2016
Google DeepMind, a UK-based artificial intelligence subsidiary of Google, has entered the healthcare space with a new partnership with the UK's National Health Service. Google acquired the UK-based DeepMind in January 2014. While DeepMind is known for AI, the partnership so far is built around two apps that don't use AI at all. "[A]rtificial intelligence is not part of the early-stage pilots we’...