Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 03:30 pm August 20, 2020
Historically, the majority of all venture capitalists have been white and male. Even today, according to the latest Rock Health report, only 12.6% of partners at digital health venture funds are women, and only 14% of digital health startup deals were closed by women in 2019. Maria Velissaris, managing partner of Steel Sky Ventures, is an investor looking to help change this paradigm. She got a...

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By Laura Lovett 02:06 pm August 13, 2020
Last week the digital health world was taken by storm when news broke that virtual health giant Teladoc was set to acquire chronic care management platform Livongo in a whopping $18.5 billion deal.  Livongo has had quite a year in a half. Last July, it went public with a listing price of $28 a share. At the time of the acquisition, each share was valued at roughly $159. Its news has also included...
By Laura Lovett 02:02 pm August 12, 2020
As September inches closer, parents across the country are making decisions about sending their kids back into the classroom.  Maven Health, a tech-enabled women’s health company, has created a new digital tool designed to give parents information about sending their kids into school. Dubbed the COVID-19 Child Care Decision tool, it helps parents access risks. It was codeveloped with author and...
By Laura Lovett 03:06 pm August 11, 2020
This morning artificial intelligence-based drug discovery platform Atomwise scored a whopping $123 million in Series B funding led by B Capital Group and Sanabil Investments. DCVC, BV, Tencent, Y Combinator, Dolby Family Venture and AME Cloud Ventures also participated in the funding round.  WHAT IT DOES The company uses artificial intelligence, specifically “convolution neural networks,” in...
By Laura Lovett 11:26 am August 11, 2020
This morning medical device company Medtronic announced its plans to buy Companion Medical, which is best known for making the InPen, an insulin pen that integrates a companion app, for an undisclosed sum.  Companion Medical has been in the digital health game for some time. Its InPen fist scored FDA clearance in 2016 and its funding round attracted the likes of pharma giant Eli Lilly. The...
By Laura Lovett 01:58 pm August 10, 2020
The dental care space is now merging with voice technology in a new partnership between dental giant Oral-B and Amazon Alexa. The pair are collaborating on a voice-integrated toothbrush system that gives users tips on their brushing habits.  The joint system includes an Oral-B electric toothbrush, an Alexa built-in smart charger base, an Oral-B brush head and a Quick-Start guide. Users can tap...
By Laura Lovett 08:52 am August 10, 2020
Dr. Charlotte Lee, U.K. Director of digital mental health company Big Health, started her professional life as a ballerina. For a time she even danced with the Royal Ballet in London. But when it came time to decide if she was going to pursue the route of prima ballerina, she decided that the path didn’t allow her to explore her scientific side, so she opted for medical school.  “I hoped that...
By Laura Lovett 02:29 pm August 6, 2020
This morning, Infermedica, a Wrocław, Poland-based artificial intelligence triage system, announced that it closed its Series A funding round with $10.25 million. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Heal Capital led the round with participation from Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners and Dreamit Ventures.  This comes roughly a year after Infermedica announced a $3.65 million ...
By Laura Lovett 01:43 pm August 5, 2020
Private equity firm Blackstone is set to acquire a majority share of consumer-genomics company Ancestry for $4.7 billion. The firm, which is currently owned by other investors, including Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity and Permia, got its start using genomics to tell customers about their heritage. However, it has recently shifted to also incorporate health information. After the deal is...
By Laura Lovett 12:29 pm August 5, 2020
While telemedicine may be having a boom, a new study published in JAMA warns that it may not be suitable for everyone.  The study, which looked at data from adults over the age of 65, found that over a third of people weren’t ready for video visits. Researchers sited issues ranging from difficulty in hearing to tech issues.  “Although many older adults are willing and able to learn to use...