Jonah Comstock

March 13, 2019
  Correction: A brief originally included in this roundup, about Quip's funding, has been removed. The round in question was not new; it was previously reported here. ... With new investor, Klara heading to market. New York-based Klara, a healthcare messaging system, has secured a new investment from Stage 2 Capital. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Klara brought Stage 2 in to help...
March 13, 2019
OOVA, a Mount Sinai Health System spinoff focused on fertility and women’s health, has raised $1 million in a seed round led by Special Situations Life Sciences Innovation Fund, with additional contributions from Company Ventures and angel investors. This is the first funding round for the company, not counting an initial friends and family investment. What they do The company’s first product,...

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March 12, 2019
Blue Shield of California has tapped Teladoc to assist with a $2 million relief effort for Paradise, California, the small town that was ravaged last year by fires. The fire destroyed the largest clinic of Paradise Medical Group, one of the town’s major hospitals. Blue Shield has helped the hospital in a number of ways, including assisting with its relocation to a new space in Chico, California....
March 12, 2019
San Francisco-based digital chronic disease managment company Omada Health announced today that it will add fully integrated, cellular-connected glucometers and blood pressure cuffs to its offerings for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, respectively. The devices are FDA-cleared and can be mailed to program members. The glucometer will come with as many free test strips as users need, the company...
March 12, 2019
BACtrack, a company that has been invested in the smartphone-connected breathalyzer for years now, has launched BACTrack View, a new remote monitoring service that will let friends, family, or sponsors check in remotely on a BACtrack user’s sobriety level. “Alcohol is a drug, and when people have addiction issues with drugs, when they’re at their worst, there can be a lot of lies and a lot of...
March 11, 2019
Belfast-based B-Secur has raised €4.7m (£4m) in Series A funding from existing investors Accelerated Digital Ventures and Kernel Capital. This brings their total funding to €11.7m (£10m). What they do B-Secur, whose HeartKey algorithms made a splash this year at CES, is looking to use ECG monitoring in a dual role: both for health and wellness purposes and for biometric identification. The...
March 11, 2019
At SXSW in Austin this weekend, consumer genomics company 23andMe unveiled its latest test, a predisposition report on Type 2 diabetes. The test, which has not undergone FDA clearance and does not purport to diagnose a condition, is designed to help people understand when they’re at a higher-than-normal risk for Type 2 diabetes so they can alter their lifestyle. To assist with the latter piece,...
March 7, 2019
It's been a while since the digital health space has seen an IPO. But that's about to change, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports that chronic disease management startup Livongo Health is planning to go public this year.  According to the Journal, the company has hired Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase as underwriters, and is looking towards a valuation over $1...
March 7, 2019
Teladoc Health has big plans going into 2019. From a business perspective, the telemedicine company anticipates becoming cash-flow positive this year, CEO Jason Gorevic said on a recent earnings call. And from an operations perspective, the company plans to pursue a "virtual first" strategy over the next year. Topline In the full year 2018, Teladoc increased revenue 79 percent from $233 million...
March 7, 2019
Zoll Medical Corporation, which received FDA clearance a few years ago for both home and hospital versions of its wearable defibrillator LifeVest, is now dealing with a range of lawsuits and FDA actions over problems with the device. At least two people have died because their vests failed to activate due to an electrical problem, the FDA reports, while local media in Pittsburgh reports that...