Laura Lovett

23andMe
By  Laura Lovett 01:23 pm January 4, 2021
After a year of financial struggles, consumer genomics company 23andMe raised just under $82.5 million in equity funding, according to SEC filings. Veteran health tech investors Sequoia Capital and NewView Capital participated in this latest round, according to the Wall Street Journal. Historically, 23andMe has had a number of large investments, including a $300 million investment from pharma...
By  Laura Lovett 02:41 pm December 29, 2020
The life science world has continued to deepen its interest in the digital space. While the mainstream life science news of the year was research on the coronavirus vaccine, when it came to digital the industries efforts were more varied. We saw new partnerships between pharma and digital health around topics such as respiration health, cardiovascular conditions and real-world data.  This year we...
By  Laura Lovett 03:04 pm December 17, 2020
This morning health data company Diameter Health scored $18 million in Series B funding. Centene Corporation led the round with participation from Optum Ventures, LRVHealth, Connecticut Innovations and Activate Venture Partners. This new funding round brings the company's investment total to $30 million. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2013, the company focuses on synthesizing clinical data sets. It uses...
By  Laura Lovett 02:02 pm December 17, 2020
Abbott landed an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a new at-home coronavirus antigen test where users can perform the test on themselves via digital guidance and get results in 20 minutes. The test, priced at $25, is prescription based.  This isn't the first EUA for the testing product, known as BinaxNOW. However, the tool's first authorization designated that medical personnel conduct the...
By  Laura Lovett 11:53 am December 16, 2020
GoodRx is continuing to grow its telehealth services, offering a new program that gives discounts on virtual doctor's visits as well as free mail delivery to all of its subscription GoodRx Gold members.  Users will be able to tap into telehealth visits at discounted rates and can see a provider digitally for over 150 conditions, according to the release. The program lets members then transfer...
By  Laura Lovett 02:59 pm December 15, 2020
This morning nference, maker of a software platform that helps to synthesize biomedical information, scored $60 million in Series C funding. Matrix Capital Management led the round with participation from Matrix Partners, Mayo Clinic Ventures and NTTVC.  WHAT IT DOES The company has developed a software that makes it easy for researchers, doctors and industry players to search for biomedical...
Virtual reality headset
By  Laura Lovett 12:06 pm December 15, 2020
Virtual reality could be key to COVID-19 rehabilitation, according to a new paper published in BMJ Open Sport Exercise Medicine. Specifically, the authors of the publication pitch tailor-made rehabilitation services that can be administered remotely via a VR experience. The authors explain that many COVID-19 patients who were critically ill continue to have Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, even...
By  Laura Lovett 01:00 am December 14, 2020
Apple is rolling out a new low VO2 Max feature on its Apple Watches, MobiHealthNews has learned. Instead of doing an intense run or workout to capture the measurement, folks can take a walk or a stroll to find out their VO2 Max, which is a measure of overall fitness.  In order to get the measurement users must go through an onboarding process that collects their demographic data and walks them...
Coronavirus care
By  Laura Lovett 02:33 pm December 11, 2020
The year 2020 pushed the notoriously slow healthcare industry to innovate at record speed. Need and collaboration were at the heart of these advancements, according to a panel at Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS’ Patient Experience series.  COVID-19 shook healthcare systems and put digital in the forefront. Providence's health system in Washington became the first system to treat a COVID-19 positive...
By  Laura Lovett 03:03 pm December 10, 2020
This morning Elation Health, a primary care-focused EHR company, scored $40 million in Series C funding. Generation Investment Management led the round with participation from Threshold Ventures and Kapor Capital.  This grows on the company’s $15 million Series B found in 2016.  WHAT IT DOES Led by siblings Kyna and Conan Fong, Elation’s business model involves working with primary care practices...