Scanadu

By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2017
Walter DeBrouwer, the Belgian inventor who founded Scanadu, the sometimes controversial personal medical scanner company, is coming out of stealth mode with his new venture: an AI-powered “robodoctor” (his words) called doc.ai. “What I really liked to do at Scanadu was machine learning, the math and the machine learning,” DeBrouwer told MobiHealthNews. “I didn’t like the hardware. I had to do it...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2016
Updated with comments from Scanadu Scanadu, a personal health scanner company that shattered records on Indiegogo a few years ago, has raised $6.5 million according to an SEC filing. The new funding, a significant drop from the company's $35 million series B last year, comes at a time when the company is under fire for what many customers see as an unsatisfactory end to its FDA usability trial,...
By Brian Dolan June 16, 2016
Digital entrepreneur and former Health 2.0 staffer Jean Luc Neptune announced on Twitter that he'd be leaving his position as Accelerator Director at Blueprint Health at the end of the month. He said, however, he'd remain a partner in Blueprint Health LLC and its investment fund. This one is, admittedly, a stretch for a list of "recent" digital health departures, but important: At the end of...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2016
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has extended its deadline and tweaked the requirements for its seven remaining finalists, the group announced last month. Launched in 2013, the Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million competition to build a self-contained, handheld device for consumers that can diagnose a number of diseases and check several vital signs. “The accomplishments the teams have made so far in...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2015
Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Intelesens has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its wearable vital signs monitor, called zensor, designed for monitoring patients outside the hospital. “This is a significant milestone for Intelesens and zensor," Intelesens Commercial Manager Stephen Henderson said in a statement. "...Not only does FDA clearance give the company access to the world’s biggest...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2015
Scanadu has raised $35 million from Fosun International and Tencent Holdings Limited, with participation from China Broadband Capital and iGlobe Partners of Singapore. Previous investors including Relay Ventures, Redmile Group, Ame Cloud Ventures and Three Leaf Ventures, an affiliate of The Broe Group, also participated. The Moffet's Field, California-based company is designing a multi-function...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2015
Intelesens's Zensor device. Scanadu and Intelesens (makers of the Zensor device), two of the ten finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, have merged their teams into one as the competition enters the home stretch. It wraps up in 2016. "Intelesens and Scanadu have been working together informally for a while," Shannon Wolf Montague, Commercial Manager at Intelesense, told MobiHealthNews...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
There seems to be a pattern emerging among health and fitness devices that do well on crowdfunding platforms: Break a record with your campaign, then ship your device several months late. Pebble broke Kickstarter's funding record, then took more than a year to ship all its backer devices. Misfit Shine raised $100,000 in less than 10 hours on Indiegogo, then delayed its ship date from spring to...
By Jonah Comstock August 27, 2014
The finalists have been announced for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, lowering the field from 22 companies that had not yet dropped out to just 10 that will compete for the $10 million prize in a series of hands-on trials of their handheld, smartphone-connected diagnostic devices designed for consumer use. “This is an extremely hard competition,” Dr. Erik Viirre, technical and medical director...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2014
Kickstarter has made a big change to its submission rules, opening the gates for a lot more projects in previously prohibited categories like cosmetics, pet supplies, and automotive products. Yet in the area of health, Kickstarter remains resolute, with a new, even more specific prohibition then it had before. Kickstarter now prohibits any project that is "heavily regulated" and "any item...