Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 02:25 pmSeptember 26, 2019
Connected fitness company Peloton priced its IPO last night, raising $1.16 billion with shares priced at $29 a piece. That price didn't hold for too long, with the company closing its day out at $25.76. According to Bloomberg, this makes Peloton the third-worst US trading debut in 10 years for companies that have raised at least $1 billion prior to their IPO. The dip may partly be tied to Peloton...
By Jonah Comstock 04:49 pmSeptember 24, 2019
Amazon is launching Amazon Care, a virtual primary care offering for its Seattle-based employees. CNBC broke the news after Amazon sent information about the program to its employees and launched a website, amazon.care, laying out the details of the offering. "To help Amazon employees get excellent medical advice and help whenever it’s needed, we’re piloting a new program for employees and their...
By Jonah Comstock 03:46 pmSeptember 20, 2019
Eight new digital companies took the stage at Health 2.0’s Annual Conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon to give the first public demos of their products for the show’s annual “Launch!” event. OMNY Health, which aims to disrupt data brokerage and give providers more control over the data they sell, took home the audience vote and the $5,000 grand prize. But all eight companies boasted...

(L to R) Michael Brown, Dan Galles, Stacy Feld, and Indu Subaiya chat on stage at Health 2.0 VentureConnect. (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock 04:14 pmSeptember 16, 2019
In the world of healthcare there are many stakeholders: hospitals and other providers, insurers and other payers, and, of course pharma and medical device companies. But one thing all these stakeholders have in common is that they’re increasingly moonlighting as investors. At the kickoff of Health 2.0’s Venture Connect event today in Santa Clara, California, three of these strategic investors —...
By Jonah Comstock 03:05 pmSeptember 12, 2019
Like a swimmer emerging from an impossibly long dive, swimming wearable maker Instabeat has resurfaced after a long, self-imposed stealth period. Long-term industry insiders might remember the Beirut, Lebanon, company (now partly based in San Francisco) that raised more than $50,000 on Indiegogo back in 2013 for a heart rate tracker and heads-up display that attaches to a swimmer’s goggles,...

Glen Tullman (second from right) at work with the Livongo team. Photo courtesy Livongo.

By Jonah Comstock 12:38 pmSeptember 11, 2019
Livongo isn’t the first company in the digital health space to IPO — at least, depending on how you define “digital health” it isn’t. But even if your definition is broad, Livongo stands out as one of the first companies to go public that’s really focusing on delivering healthcare, not just wellness, using consumer digital technologies. “People expect us to represent this whole new industry that...
By Jonah Comstock 03:34 pmSeptember 6, 2019
Consumer healthcare businesses can describe their work a lot of ways: as wellness, as disease prevention or as healthcare outside the traditional health system. Or there's biohacking, a term that has emerged to describe all kinds of ways individuals can optimize their own health in the same way that tech-saavy folks optimize their computers.  At the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference this month in...
By Jonah Comstock 04:10 pmAugust 29, 2019
Connected fitness company Peloton released its IPO prospectus Tuesday, revealing grim financials, even by today's startup IPO standards: the company lost nearly $200 million in FY 2019, four times what it lost the previous year. The document also contains plenty of reminders of the company's ongoing legal struggles relating to its music licensing and alleged patent infringement. Yet, according to...

Dr. Michael J. Stamos shows off the Butterfly IQ ultrasound device at UC Irvine's White Coat Ceremony on August 9th.

By Jonah Comstock 02:27 pmAugust 26, 2019
Nine years ago, the University of California at Irvine Medical School became the first medical school in the country to equip each of its 104 incoming students with their own iPads. This month, at the same White Coat Ceremony where that announcement was made back in 2010, Dr. Michael J. Stamos, the school’s dean, surprised the class of 2023 with another gift: Butterfly handheld ultrasound devices...
By Jonah Comstock 02:43 pmAugust 22, 2019
Thanks to some high-profile IPOs, 2019 has been something of a breakout year for digital health. Sector luminaries will be flocking to Santa Clara, Calif., next month for HIMSS’ annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference to look back on the year and, more importantly, look ahead to the future. The three-day conference kicks off Monday, September 16, with two all-day preconference events and two afternoon...