Dave Muoio

May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
May 28, 2019
Aggregated real-world outcome data collected from thousands of Medtronic MiniMed 670G users indicate that patients on the system spend an average 71% of their time within an optimal glycemic range. Collected from nearly 8 million days of recorded system use and announced by Medtronic today in a press release, the new findings also suggest that this rate increased further for those who employed...
May 28, 2019
This month’s news that Apple had picked up the patent rights for a passive health monitoring system from startup Tueo Health does not appear to the only business occurring between the two companies. On Friday, CNBC reported that the consumer tech company had also outright acquired the small respiratory health company for an undisclosed sum. Tueo Health’s website was pulled down at some point late...
May 23, 2019
Future, maker of an app-based personal trainer and nutrition service, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding round led by Kleiner Perkins. Mamoon Hamind, a partner at the venture capital firm, will be joining Future’s board. WHAT THEY DO Through its $150 per month subscription app, Future pairs consumers with a remote personal fitness coach that will provide weekly training plans that can be...
May 23, 2019
Amazon is building a wrist-worn device and accompanying app that listens to the wearer’s voice to identify their emotions, according to an anonymous source as well as internal documents acquired and reported on by Bloomberg. The system, codenamed Dylan, is intended to be used as a health and wellness product, and might be adapted to provide the wearer guidance on how they may more effectively...
May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...
May 22, 2019
Comcast is actively working on an in-home device for monitoring the health of seniors, people with disabilities and other at-risk individuals, according to anonymous sources cited by CNBC (whose parent company NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast). The telecommunications giant is planning pilots of the device and service before the end of the year, and could potentially aim for a 2020 commercial...
May 22, 2019
The FDA has put out a call for new companies to test drive the current framework of its Digital Health Software Precertification Program, the ongoing effort to streamline regulation of digital health products prone to frequent update. Organizations that are expecting to sponsor either a 510(k) submission or De Novo Request for a software as a medical device (SaMD) during 2019 or early 2020 are...
May 21, 2019
Minneapolis-based NightWare — maker of a smartwatch therapeutic for people with nightmare disorder and PTSD-driven nightmares — has received breakthrough therapy designation for its in-development product. In addition, the company is launching two new placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials for its digital intervention, one of which is being conducted within Department of Veterans Affairs...
May 21, 2019
Cala Health, a wearable neuromodulation therapy startup focused on chronic diseases, has closed a $50 million Series C financing round. Novartis, Baird Capital, LifeSci Venture Partners, TriVentures and other unnamed backers participated, as did returning investors JJDC, Lux Capital, Lightstone Ventures, Action Potential Venture Capital, dRx Capital and GV. WHAT THEY DO Stanford University...