mergers and acquisitions

By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2016
Exco InTouch, a Nottingham, England-based clinical trial technology vendor responsible for powering early, influential mobile-enabled trials, has been acquired. ERT, a 45-year-old global clinical trial services company, purchased Exco last week for an undisclosed amount. While both companies provide technology and services to support clinical trials, their focus areas are different, with ERT...
By MHN Staff December 9, 2016
This story has been updated to include several acquisitions that were omitted accidentally, as well as new ones that have broken since it was originally published. Just like last year, 2016 ended up being a big year for acquisitions. With 45 acquisitions, that beats out 2015's total of 36, and many were from high-profile, attention-grabbing companies such as Google, Fitbit and Philips.  In the...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2016
Fitbit confirmed the rumored acquisition of Pebble today, but clarified that it is not acquiring the business in its entirety -- only the software IP and some personnel. Notably, Fitbit won't take on Pebble's debts or it's hardware assets, which the company could still sell in a separate deal, and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky will not start a job at Fitbit. Instead, according to a report in...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2016
BioTelemetry, formerly known as CardioNet, has acquired TelCare, a diabetes management technology company with the distinction of having had the first FDA-cleared, cellular-connected glucometer. BioTelemetry paid $7 million in cash with the potential for additional performance-based earn-outs of up to $5 million, also in cash. Both BioTelemetry and TelCare are veterans of the early days of the...
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...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2016
Zipongo, a San Francisco-based digital nutrition platform, has acquired FillMyFork, an employee-facing rewards app that promotes healthy eating. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  FillMyFork fits in well with Zipongo's growing "food benefit management" platform, which consists of a number of different apps designed to change people's behavior around nutrition by changing their...
By Heather Mack November 21, 2016
Chicago-based ContextMedia: Health, which makes a healthcare decision-making platform, has announced it will acquire point-of-care patient education company AccentHealth. The amount of acquisition is undisclosed, but ContextMedia: Health did say it will be an all-cash transaction. Founded in 2006, ContextMedia: Health has been steadily growing in the past year, adding almost one percent of all...
By Heather Mack November 17, 2016
Telemedicine provider MDLive has hired Scott Decker as the company’s new chief executive officer. The company’s current CEO and founder, Randy Parker, will now be MDLive’s chief business development officer and also serve on the board of directors. Decker comes to MDLive from HealthSparq, where he was also CEO and where he built a cloud-based healthcare shopping and price transparency platform...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2016
Vital Images, a diagnostic imaging company based in Minneapolis, will acquire Karos Health, a Waterloo, Ontario-based maker of clinical information systems, including a patient-facing clinical communication app called Rialto. The amount of the acquisition was undisclosed. “Karos Health’s solution-set enables collaboration between healthcare providers and patient engagement, while providing secure...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
As we noted in our in-depth last week, the digital health space is still holding its breath for big pharma and big payers to dive in with serious M&A. At the opening session for Digital Medicine Connect in Boston, a part of EBD Group’s BioPharm America conference, speakers from around the digital health world weighed in on how that landscape is changing. “When I think about M&A in the...