Jeff Lagasse

August 17, 2017
Personal Genomics company Helix has partnered up with Illumina Accelerator, a business accelerator focused solely on creating an innovation ecosystem for the genomics industry. As part of the collaboration, they’ll team with entrepreneurs with an eye toward innovation and the development of DNA-driven products and insights for consumers. The partnership is all in the family: Helix originally spun...
August 17, 2017
The wearables market continues to generate a lot of attention, both positive and negative. Fitness trackers and smartwatches remain the flag bearers of the wearable market, seeing growth but at a slower pace than has been estimated, according to a new report from Tractica.   Meanwhile, other wearable device categories such as body sensors continue to show strong promise, driven largely by...
August 16, 2017
Diabetes therapy management software company Glytec has just secured its fourth FDA clearance, adding a slew of capabilities to its Glucommander product, the core of its eGlycemic Management System.   This latest FDA clearance incorporates some of the product enhancements that have been suggested by the company’s user community, including a titration module designed expressly for inpatients...
August 16, 2017
Artemis Health, which offers a benefit optimization data platform for employers, just received $16 million in Series B funding, led by an investment from F-Prime Capital, the venture capital funds of FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments. There was also participation in the round from Maverick Ventures and Kickstart Seed Fund, both previous investors. This is the second major round...
August 16, 2017
Apple and Aetna have been holding talks in secret. According to CNBC, the two giants have been in talks to bring the former’s health and fitness smartwatch to millions of Aetna’s members.   About 50,000 of Aetna’s employees already get an Apple Watch as part of its corporate wellness program, but the insurer covers about 23 million people, and the two companies are reportedly discussing ways in...
August 15, 2017
Parents of growing children have a checklist of things to monitor: ears, eyes, body temperature, the works. Yet aside from scheduling a visit with the doctor, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to check for signs of scoliosis. That’s where SpineScreen enters the picture.   Developed by Shriner’s Hospital for Children, SpineScreen is a free app available from the app store and Google Play. It...
August 15, 2017
Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.   The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a...
August 14, 2017
AI-driven women’s health platform Flo has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round, led by Flint Capital, which, along with Haxus Fund, tossed in $1 million in seed round funding in December 2016.   Other investors in the Series A round include Natalia Vodianova, a supermodel and social activist who also joined the company’s board of directors, as well as a handful of angel investors.  ...
August 14, 2017
Chicago-based HealthJoy, an artificial intelligence-driven platform for employee benefits engagement and cost containment, has netted $3 million in a Series A round of financing.   Chicago Ventures led the round, with participation from Social Capital, Sidekick Fund and HealthJoy’s seed-round lead, Go-Health. Also included in the round were Angel investments from leaders in technology and health...
August 10, 2017
MC10, which focuses on wearable sensor systems geared toward tracking personalized health, is teaming up with the rehabilitation research hospital Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The goal: to collaborate on the development of new approaches to neurodegenerative and motion-related disability therapy.   “MC10’s technology has the potential to reshape...