Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:09 pmMarch 25, 2020
This morning MassChallenge hosted a virtual summit focused on innovation in the time of the coronavirus. This comes amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States. As of today the World Health Organization reported over 42,000 cases in the U.S. alone. This rising number has resulted in a slew of innovations to address some of the most pressing questions, including testing,...
By Laura Lovett 04:30 pmMarch 24, 2020
Looking to better track the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers from some of Silicon Valley's most notable companies has joined forces with Boston Children's Hospital's Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein on a new tool dubbed covidnearyou.org. The platform aims to gather data from people at home and report it back to public health organizations like the CDC. "[We] were...
By Laura Lovett 01:33 pmMarch 24, 2020
Cuff-less blood pressure monitor company Aktiia scored $6.1 million (CHF 6 million Swiss francs) in its second funding round. Redalpline led the funding round with participation from Translink Capital, Investiere, Libra, Christian Wenger, Spark Street Capital and Barbaric Holdings. The Swiss company previously raised $4.1 million (CHF 4 million) in a 2018 seed round. WHAT IT DOES The company has...
By Laura Lovett 03:50 pmMarch 23, 2020
Medical-billing startup Inbox Health scored $3.5 million earlier this month. Healthy Ventures was the lead investor this round, with participation from Collaborative Fund. Commerce Ventures, Connecticut Innovations, I2BF Global Ventures and StartUp Health. WHAT THEY DO The Connecticut-based startup pitches its services as a way to personalize patients’ billing, payments and communications. Its...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pmMarch 23, 2020
Social media giant Facebook is offering free developer resources to governments looking to use its messenger service as a coronavirus response. “[W]e’re launching a global program to connect government health organizations and UN health agencies with developers that can help them use Messenger most effectively to share timely and accurate information, and speed up their responses to concerned...
By Laura Lovett 04:50 pmMarch 20, 2020
The novel coronavirus represents a global pandemic the likes of which haven't been seen for roughly a century, and has put enormous pressures on the healthcare system and the economy alike.   To date the World Health Organization reports 209,839 confirmed cases and 8,778 deaths due to the virus. Healthcare providers and government agencies have scrambled to find ways to treat and stop the spread...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pmMarch 19, 2020
Yesterday morning addiction focused digital therapeutic Quit Genius scored $11 million in Series A funding. Octopus Ventures led the round with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. This brings the company's total funding pot to $13.5 million. WHAT THEY DO The company is geared at treating individuals with tobacco-, opioid- and alcohol-use disorder through...
By Laura Lovett 11:37 amMarch 19, 2020
Editor's note: Since the publication of this story, the FDA has issued an alert warning that it "has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19." Nurx and others have halted their at-home testing COVID-19 services in response: read the updated story here.  The shortage of coronavirus testing kits in the United States has quickly come to the...
By Laura Lovett 01:47 pmMarch 18, 2020
Femtech company Bloomer raised $3 million in seed-round funding for its bra-like ECG tech. The latest round was led by Material Impact with participation from One Brave Idea and several angel investors. WHAT THEY DO The MIT-spinoff is putting electrocardiogram sensors and machine learning algorithms into the fabric of a bra. The tech is able to track a woman’s health data over time. In addition...
By Laura Lovett 02:17 pmMarch 17, 2020
Yesterday a new digital pharmacy launched, dubbed Genius Rx. The new platform will include an artificial intelligence enabled patient engagement tool, which aims to make the experience more personalized, as well as a smart pricing function. In part, the company said this is an effort to rebrand and automate Mailmyprescriptions.com, which will now be rolled into its pharmacy-as-a-service platform...