Laura Lovett

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By Laura Lovett 02:46 pmJuly 1, 2020
Over the last decade, the addiction and mental health space has becoming increasingly digital – so much so that the first prescription digital therapeutic, Pear’s ReSET, scored FDA clearance nearly three years ago. While more and more players begin to join the so-called "DTx" space, the technology is yet to hit the mainstream radar, but a new coalition is looking to change that.  A list of high-...
By Laura Lovett 03:27 pmJune 30, 2020
This morning Owkin, a medical research company that uses machine learning, announced that its Series A funding round has reached $70 million. This comes after Mubadala Capital and Bpifrance entered with a late $18 million in investment. The Series A has been in the works for some time. The money has trickled in periodically. In May it announced a $25 million dollar raise. But the Series A round...
By Laura Lovett 02:32 pmJune 30, 2020
While the femtech industry is still very much in the early years, the investor dollars have been pouring in. Last week, at Women of Wearables’ femtech forum, a panel of investors sat down to talk virtually about the state of female focused digital health.   “I don’t think it’s painting something pretty and putting makeup on it. It’s a true data gap we have,” Sophia Bendz, partner at Atomico, said...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pmJune 26, 2020
Health insurtech company Oscar Health scored a whopping $225 million in Series C funding from Google’s parent company Alphabet, General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Lakestar, Thrive Capital and Baillie Gifford.  This comes roughly two years after the company announced a $165 million funding round led by Brian Singerman and Founders Fund.  WHAT THEY DO  The company offers direct-to-consumer health...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pmJune 25, 2020
Historically, women have been underrepresented in clinical trials, however, that paradigm is changing. This shift is mainly due to policy changes in the last three decades, but today many innovators are also seeing a role for tech to play in closing this gap.  This morning MobiHealthNews sat down with a panel at Women of Wearables’ FemTech Forum to moderate a discussion about the gender gap in...
By Laura Lovett 03:23 pmJune 24, 2020
Digital therapeutics company Pear Therapeutics has inked a deal with pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) RemedyOne, allowing the latter to offer and administer benefit coverage for the formers’ prescription-addiction-focused therapies reSET and reSET-O to its customers.  Both reSET and reSET-O have FDA clearances. In fact, reSET was the first software-only therapeutic to get the designation. reSET ...
By Laura Lovett 12:02 pmJune 24, 2020
This morning a new digital-weight-management startup out of New York City called Calibrate launched with a $5.1 million boost in seed funding led by Forerunner Ventures.  Calibrate is a one-year telemedicine program focused on weight loss that combines both prescription medications and health coaching. The end goal of the program is to help customers “reset their metabolic health.” Users are...
By Laura Lovett 02:55 pmJune 23, 2020
Yesterday morning Cedar, maker of an intelligent patient billing platform, announced a whopping $102 million Series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.  The company has a record of major funding rounds – starting with a $13 million Series A round back in 2017, shortly followed by a Series B round worth $36 million in 2018.  WHAT THEY DO  The company focuses on helping to guide patients...
By Laura Lovett 01:16 pmJune 23, 2020
Canada is the latest in a long line of countries looking toward contact tracing apps. Two of its tech giants, BlackBerry and Shopify, are joining forces to work with provincial and federal governments on the tools, according to a Reuters report.  The new tech, which employs Bluetooth technology, is expected to launch in July in Ottawa. Dubbed COVID Alert, its users can tell the system if they...
By Laura Lovett 04:02 pmJune 22, 2020
For years, Dexcom has been one of the leading competitors in the continuous glucose monitoring space. While the company is focused on looking ahead, that’s not to say there haven’t been some bumps in the road along the way. In 2018, its Dexcom G6, an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system, got the green light from the FDA, making it the first interoperable CGM to get the designation....