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By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2018
Cityblock Health, the urban-focused public health startup that spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs in October, has raised $20.8 million in a round led by Maverick Ventures. Thrive Capital and Sidewalk Labs also contributed to the round, as did other unnamed strategic investors. The raise brings Cityblock’s total funding to $23.2 million. “We started Cityblock with a simple goal: to radically...
By Jonah Comstock December 21, 2017
While many of its health-related efforts have been shunted into Verily, Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google) actually made health-related moves across its business this year. From search engine updates to massive research studies to M&A, read on for a timeline of Alphabet subsidiaries’ biggest digital health moves this year. January 26: Verily, Alphabet’s main healthcare subsidiary...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Google’s Sidewalk, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is diving into community health after launching Cityblock, a startup focused on reinventing urban health, back in October. Cityblock aims to address the health disparity in lower socio-economic urban communities by providing preventive medicine and access to resources.  “There’s a problem in our cities: whole neighborhoods are sick," Iyah Romm,...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2017
With just nine acquisitions, the third quarter of 2017 didn't set a record for number of digital health acquisitions — Q1 and Q2 of this year came in at 12 apiece. But it did feature some very high-profile deals, including the acquisition of digital health pioneer WebMD, a rare acquisition from Alphabet, and big deals in spaces from diabetes management to caregiving to health insurance. Of course...
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...