Dave Muoio

By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm August 6, 2020
Ginger, the San Francisco-based behavioral health startup formerly known as Ginger.io, announced today a $50 million Series D funding round. Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners headed the raise, which also saw participation from Cigna Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures and LinkedIn Executive Chairman Jeff Weiner. With this, the company said it has raised more than $120...
By Dave Muoio 11:55 am August 6, 2020
The first U.S. COVID-19 contact tracing app built on Apple and Google's Exposure Notifications system tools has launched in the state of Virginia. The free COVIDWISE app for Android and iOS smartphones is supported by the Virginia Department of Health. Much like others built on the API, the app passively uses Bluetooth to anonymously determine whether an individual has come into contact with...
By Dave Muoio 10:01 am August 6, 2020
Alongside yesterday's reveal of the Galaxy Watch3, Samsung announced that it has received regulatory clearance from the FDA for its ECG monitoring app. But while the watch – which also has built-in sensors enabling blood pressure and blood oxygen saturation – is slated for release on Aug. 6, the company did not say specifically when the new Samsung Health Monitor app that enables these features...
By Dave Muoio 02:05 pm August 5, 2020
The University of California, Los Angeles announced yesterday the launch of an Apple-backed study that will use the tech company's devices to measure how sleep, physical activity and heart rate relate to depression and anxiety. The three-year effort launches this week. It will recruit 150 UCLA Health patients for its pilot phase, the university wrote in an announcement. Another 3,000 participants...
By Dave Muoio 11:12 am August 5, 2020
Sight Diagnostics, an Israeli startup developing a machine-vision-based finger-prick analysis device, announced today $71 million in Series D funding. Koch Disruptive Technologies, Longliv Ventures and OurCrowd all participated in the round. According to the company, this newest raise brings its lifetime funding to more than $124 million. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2011, Sight Diagnostics offers an...
By Dave Muoio 02:44 pm August 4, 2020
GoodRx, an online pharmacy platform for low-cost prescriptions and price comparisons, has submitted the SEC forms necessary for an IPO, Reuters reports. The timing of the startup's listing is still in the air, however, with 2020 and early 2021 both on the table depending on developments in the market, according to the anonymous source. GoodRx is still in the process of hiring advisors for the...
By Dave Muoio 11:52 am August 4, 2020
It's been about nine months since Google officially announced plans to acquire Fitbit. The deal was expected to close in Q2 2020, but antitrust concerns from U.S. and E.U. regulators have so far stalled the purchase. That delay will likely run a fair bit longer with the European Commission announcement that its preliminary probe of the purchase will now expand into a full-scale investigation...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm August 3, 2020
Austin, Texas-based virtual and on-demand care provider Remedy announced Dr. Ronald Dixon as its chief medical officer. Dixon, formerly the head of clinical affairs at Onduo and the president and CEO of Onduo Professionals (its provider staffing group), is expected to draw on his experience to help Remedy build out its virtual chronic care treatment services. “Dr. Dixon’s experience in developing...
By Dave Muoio 12:19 pm August 3, 2020
Israeli "digital X-ray" startup Nanox filed a Form F-1 with the SEC on Friday that outlines plans to raise $125 million in an IPO. The company has applied to list its shares on the Nasdaq exchange as "NNOX," and according to a representative has entered its quiet period prior to the IPO. Nanox, which has raised $110 million from investors since November 2019, is building a two-part offering...
By Dave Muoio 04:38 pm July 31, 2020
Google has posted an update on Exposure Notifications – their system-level framework for COVID-19 contact tracing developed in tandem with Apple – revealing that the tools have been incorporated into digital contact-tracing apps launched in 16 countries. Further, 20 U.S. states and territories are "exploring apps" based on the system, according to Google, the first set of which are expected to go...