Laura Lovett

By  Laura Lovett 02:36 pm December 1, 2020
Digital pathology startup Proscia landed $23 million in Series B funding. The latest round was led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from Hitachi Ventures.  This comes roughly two years after the company closed its $8.5 million Series A round of funding.  WHAT THEY DO  The company’s main software platform is called Concentriq, which focuses on computational pathology. The tech uses...
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By  Laura Lovett 01:44 pm December 1, 2020
Amnesty International is urging the E.U. Commission to halt the much publicized Fitbit-Google merger unless the companies can demonstrate consideration of human rights risks associated with data and surveillance, and the implementation of data safeguards.  In November of 2019, news broke that Google was set to acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion. However, the merger is yet to be greenlighted ...
By  Laura Lovett 01:53 pm November 30, 2020
Signify Health is turning to the blockchain space with its acquisition of PatientBlox, a tech company that helps facilitate contracts and payments in healthcare.  Georgia-based PatientBlox focuses on the value-based care space. Its blockchain technology platform is used to assist with the administrative side of healthcare, including data sharing and value-based payment models. Its primary product...
Coronavirus vaccine
By  Laura Lovett 01:55 pm November 25, 2020
Over the last few weeks three pharma companies released promising trial data from their COVID-19 vaccines, bringing a possible light at the end of the tunnel to the pandemic. While the vaccines are still yet to hit the market, discussion of distribution is beginning to surface. Blockchain, a technology that makes the data easy to verify and difficult to falsify, has come into the conversation. ...
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By  Laura Lovett 02:56 pm November 24, 2020
Novartis is teaming up with smartpatient to launch a new app feature on the MyTherapy app for patients with wet macular degeneration (AMD) that is focused on educating patients and caregivers about treatment and management.  Called "See What’s Next," the section was specifically designed to help provide patients and their families with resources about navigating life with the disease and giving...
Interview, new hires
By  Laura Lovett 08:30 am November 24, 2020
As Hims & Hers prepares for the public market, it’s adding new members to its board with backgrounds in investing and consumer tech. This morning it exclusively announced to MobiHealthNews two new board members Lynne Chou O’Keefeand David Wells.  O’Keefe comes from an investment background. She is the founder and managing partner of Define Ventures and served as a partner in the Life Sciences...
FDA
By  Laura Lovett 02:25 pm November 23, 2020
Cardio-focused digital health company AliveCor landed FDA clearance for its new suite of interpretive ECG algorithms, dubbed the Kardia AI V2. This news comes just days after the company announced a $65 million Series E funding round. The new clearance will is able to capture sinus rhythm with premature ventricular contractions, sinus rhythm with supraventricular ectopy and a sinus rhythm with...
By  Laura Lovett 02:43 pm November 19, 2020
The femtech world is beginning to venture out of the boundaries of reproductive health and into other areas of women’s health, according to panelists at Bayer G4A summit yesterday.  Over the summer, Rock Health report that about 65% of all femtech funding has gone into fertility, pregnancy or motherhood. Today innovators are looking beyond the reproductive umbrella, at how technology and research...
Money and digital health
By  Laura Lovett 03:00 pm November 18, 2020
The healthcare field isn’t quite as complex as it’s made out to be, according Bryan Roberts, partner at Venrock. You just need to have the right ingredients.  “People talk about healthcare as being this complex minefield of insurers, and PBMs, and imaging centers, and providers, where unknowns crop up and unexpectedly stop you in your tracks ,whether you are an incumbent or an upstart trying to...
Person checks medication online
By  Laura Lovett 02:58 pm November 18, 2020
Pharma giant Bayer is kicking off new digital collaboration efforts in the fields of cardiometabolic and renal disease, oncology and women’s health via a new initiative, dubbed the G4A Digital Health Partnership Program.  The program is split into two tracks, one for early-stage companies and another for more experienced companies. It tapped Caria, an AI and data company that matches people...