Helix

By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2018
Personal genomics company Helix announced two new partnerships this week, both of which take the company — which has focused on ancestry and lifestyle applications in the past — strongly into the clinical realm. Helix will work with medical technology company PerkinElmer on a product to analyze 59 genes considered by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to be well understood and...
By Bernie Monegain March 1, 2018
Helix has closed a $200 million financing round and said it plans to expand its personal genomics marketplace to accelerate consumer adoption of genomics. The San Carlos, California-based startup launched the Helix marketplace in July 2017 to collects and sequence a DNA sample once, and then store and protects a customer’s data so they can access additional DNA-powered products and services from...
By Dave Muoio January 22, 2018
Sanofi has found yet another partner to help digitize its clinical trial processes. In a statement, TriNetX announced that it will be assisting the pharmaceutical company by using patient EHRs to optimize recruitment, streamline trial investigators’ workflows, and otherwise impact the design of investigational drug trials. Sanofi has made similar arrangements to bolster its clinical trials with...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2018
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest health insurer, has made a strategic investment in Sharecare, as well as signing a contract to provide CareFirst members with access to ShareCare's suite of digital services. "We are committed to providing our members with the tools and information they need to take an active role in improving their health,” CareFirst President and...
By Jeff Lagasse August 9, 2017
Azumio, a health and fitness platform, is tag-teaming with personal genomics company Helix to bring DNA sequencing to consumers. The former is introducing full-exome DNA-based insights into its Calorie Mama AI app, with the goal of giving users a means of reaching their fitness goals through greater personalization. Calorie Mama AI is a smart camera app that simplifies calorie and nutrition...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2017
Cloud-based healthcare services company PrescribeWellness is working with Coopharma, a Puerto Rican cooperative of community pharmacies. With PrescribeWellness’s offering, Coopharma will aim to increase medication adherence, patient loyalty and health. “This partnership benefits our member pharmacies and all of their patients,” Heriberto Ortiz Martinez, executive director of Coopharma, said in a...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2017
Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will work with digital health startup The Right Place to help connect its post-discharge patients to the best skilled nursing facilities for them. "Our goal is to help hospitals like BIDMC reduce the administrative burden of matching patients to the right place of care," Katherine Chambers, cofounder and CEO of The Right Place, said in a statement. "...
By Jeff Lagasse July 24, 2017
Weight loss app Lose It!, which boasts 30 million users and more than 50 million pounds lost, has launched embodyDNA, a DNA-based weight loss plan that personalizes results using an interactive app-based interface. Lose It! developed embodyDNA, which offers customized recommendations on food and beverage consumption and physical activities, in collaboration with Helix, a personal genomics company...
By Heather Mack November 23, 2016
More than a decade ago, when most people were still using not-so-smart mobile phones, the first human genome was sequenced. It cost $3 billion. In the time it took for smartphones to become the essential consumer technology, DNA sequencing rapidly evolved from a costly, uncommonly used process into a quick, reliable, relatively cheap and widely used predictive tool to give insight on disease risk...
By Heather Mack October 28, 2016
San Jose-based Vocera Communications, which offers communications services for hospitals and health systems, has acquired fellow clinical communications company Extension Healthcare for $55 million in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition combines the complementary technology of both companies, creating a mobile communication and collaboration platform within a single system from a single...

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