Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 12:16 pm February 6, 2018
In-vitro fertilization-focused machine learning company Univfy has raised $6 million in Series A funding, according to a statement released today. The funding round was led by venture firm Rethink Impact, and will be used to scale operations. "We firmly believe that Univfy is poised to transform and dramatically expand the [in-vitro fertilization (IVF)] space,” Heidi Patel, partner at Rethink...
By Dave Muoio 11:24 am February 5, 2018
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Massachusetts-based Cam Med, a company specializing in microfluidic-based drug delivery technologies, announced a partnership today focused on development of a thin, flexible, patch-based insulin pump for artificial pancreas systems. "JDRF is excited to partner with Cam Med on improving insulin delivery hardware,” Jaime Giraldo, program...
By Dave Muoio 04:50 pm February 2, 2018
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. According to the public health agency’s most recent numbers, which include all cases of the disease reported to the CDC by January 20, this year’s flu season has seen a total of 11...
By Dave Muoio 01:55 pm February 1, 2018
Professionals working day to day in care facilities will make an unmatched impact on their patients’ health, but much of that work is driven, for better or worse, by decisions made on Capitol Hill.  While many may feel ineffective when faced with sweeping decrees from lawmakers or health agencies, Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, said that he wants to remind...
By Dave Muoio 11:42 am February 1, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a Politico report that she had purchased shares of a tobacco company within a month of appointment. Since July, Fitzgerald has often been unable to attend several hearings due to conflicts of interest from other holdings, drawing ire from some of her colleagues in...
By Dave Muoio 03:49 pm January 31, 2018
San Francisco- and Zurich-based Ava, which makes a bracelet capable of tracking women’s menstrual cycles, has announced an update that will better allow their device to track when, or even if, the wearer has ovulated, according to a statement from the company. Data collected by the Ava bracelet and companion app will be used to detect biphasic shifts among skin temperature, pulse rate, and other...
By Dave Muoio 12:11 pm January 31, 2018
Halo Neuroscience, a device company that develops and sells the Halo Sport neurostimulation headset, announced yesterday that it has secured $13 million in Series B funding. Global private investment firm TPG led the round, which also had participation from prior investors Lux Capital, JAZZ Ventures Partners, and Xfund. The Halo Sport headset connects to a paired mobile app to promote brain...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm January 30, 2018
A matter of national security. Heatmap data released this weekend by fitness app Strava appears to betray the locations of US military bases and patrol routes, according to an analyst with the Institute for United Conflict Analysts. Further, WIRED UK reported this morning that Strava’s current API allows anyone to de-anonymize user-shared data to reveal a recorded user’s name, speed, and even...
By Dave Muoio 04:23 pm January 29, 2018
In 2016, Opternative, a Chicago-based telehealth startup offering online refractive eye exams, opened a lawsuit against South Carolina’s Board of Medical Examiners and Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation alleging that a newly passed law restricting online eye exams was protectionist, unconstitutional legislation. On Friday, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in...
By Dave Muoio 03:24 pm January 29, 2018
Israel-based telehealth provider and device maker Tyto Care has raised $25 million in Series C funding, the company announced today. The round was led by Ping An Insurance Group Company of China’s Global Voyager Fund, as well as a collection of new and returning investors. Included among those returning are Cambia Health Solutions, Walgreens, Orbimed, Fosun Pharma, and LionBird, whereas Israeli...