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By Jonah Comstock 08:53 am April 21, 2014
The Smart Bra concept from First Warning's 2012 YouTube video. First Warning Systems, the Reno, Nevada-based company that's working on wearable sensors for early detection of breast cancer, has raised $560,000, according to CEO Rob Royea. Steven Welch, a private investor and former COO of BP (not to be confused with DreamIt Health founder Steve Welch) led the round with a $300,000 contribution...
By Jonah Comstock 09:01 am April 17, 2014
The Inspiromatic inhaler. Biopharmaceutical company Opko Health has acquired Israeli smart inhaler company Inspiro Medical for a sum in "the low eight figures", according to Opko's Director of Strategic Investment Les Funtleyder. The company will be using Inspiro's Inspiromatic technology to develop an app-connected inhaler that will be bundled with a forthcoming new drug for asthma, COPD, and...
By Jonah Comstock 04:00 am April 17, 2014
Accelarad's mobile app. Nuance Communications has acquired cloud-based medical image sharing company Accelarad for an undisclosed amount and is launching Accelerad's technology, combined with Nuance's existing networks, under the new name PowerShare Network. "There are 1,900 users connected to [Accelarad's] network today, actively sharing images," Christy Murfitt, director of solutions product...
By Jonah Comstock 09:38 am April 16, 2014
Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, a company using tablets and wearable sensors for Parkinson's diagnosis and therapy, will use a recent $1.5 million NIH grant to start a move toward direct-to-consumer marketability. This is the latest in a long series of NIH grants for the company since 2005 and brings the company's total grants to $14.2 million. The system, called Kinesia HomeView, is currently...
By Aditi Pai 09:30 am April 16, 2014
Finland-based H2 Wellbeing, maker of employee wellness platform HeiaHeia, raised just over $2 million (1.5 million euros) in a round led by Finland’s Wallstreet Financial Services. Additional backers included unnamed angels and a Finnish funding agency called Tekes. Until now, H2 has run on its own revenues, which the company started generating just two months into its launch, and government...
By Aditi Pai 08:45 am April 15, 2014
Beijing-based Giraffe Tech has so far raised $15,283 (95,048 Yuan) on a crowdfunding platform, called Demohour with five days left in the campaign for a posture-sensing wearable device, called Giraffe Friend, according to a report in TechNode. Giraffe Friend was developed by Xiang Renkai, a student at Peking University, who was inspired by a Chrome plug-in, which allows users to browse the...
By Brian Dolan 10:25 am April 14, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden-based calorie counting app company Lifesum (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) has raised $6.7 million in its first round of funding led by Germany's Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures, according to a report in TechCrunch. The company has 4.5 million members and 6.5 million downloads in Europe for its Android and iOS apps. At the end of last year it reported having...
By Aditi Pai 08:59 am April 14, 2014
Sportsetter, maker of an app that helps people stick to a workout routine, raised $276,540 (200,000 euros) and launched an iOS version of its app this week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The company has been around since at least 2012. The app helps users find variety in their day-to-day workout routines so that on any given day they could play golf, work out on a machine at the gym,...
By Aditi Pai 08:01 am April 14, 2014
Four months after Paris-based Kolibree announced its smartphone-connected electric toothbrush at CES 2014, the company has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Kolibree's connected toothbrush has sensors that detect not only how long users brushed their teeth, but also whether they hit all the hard to reach places between gums and teeth. Kolibree wants brushing to last two minutes and...
By Aditi Pai 08:18 am April 10, 2014
San Francisco-based Omada Health, an online and mobile diabetes prevention program, raised $23 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Kaiser Permanente Ventures and return backers U.S. Venture Partners and The Vertical Group. This brings Omada Health's total funding to $28.5 million. Omada Health's program, Prevent, lasts 16 weeks and aims to help those that are at...