Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 02:23 pmJuly 23, 2019
A little over six months after the FDA moved its PreCert pilot along to the Test Plan phase, the agency released its Mid-Year Update on the program. At this stage, the original nine FDA PreCert pilot companies are now in the midst of test-driving the new Working Model. This means companies seeking to approve new products will go through the new PreCert pathway and the traditional review process...
By Laura Lovett 03:46 pmJuly 22, 2019
This morning insurance giant Anthem announced its plans to team up with K Health, a consumer-focused digital health company, in order to develop a new app that seeks to help patients get personalized information and connect to doctors.  The partners are now creating a cobranded app tool that will allow Anthem members to chat with a doctor for “less than a copay.” Additionally, members will now...
By Laura Lovett 01:20 pmJuly 22, 2019
  UpLift Health, a digital health company focused on treating depression, has landed $1 million in seed funding. This early funding round was led by Laidir Foundation, a Washington-based research and development organization.  WHAT THEY DO The Atlanta-based startup has created an app that employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help users with depression. The platform includes 12 chatbot-...
By Laura Lovett 02:13 pmJuly 18, 2019
This morning British health tech company focused on cancer management Vine Health announced a £1.2 million seed round. This latest funding was led by Playfair Capital. WHAT THEY DO Founded by an all-female team including NHS physician Rayna Patel, CEO, and a data scientists Georgina Kirby, CTO, the company’s aim is to help cancer patients manage their condition and symptoms through an app,...
By Laura Lovett 12:04 pmJuly 18, 2019
European tech giant Philips has inked a deal to acquire Medumo, a startup focused on tracking and triaging patients. The news, which CNBC first reported, means the small Boston-based company will now be joining Philip’s growing digital health portfolio.  “We're excited to share with you that Medumo is now a Philips company,” reads a banner on the Medumo website. “Our partnership with Philips will...
By Laura Lovett 03:48 pmJuly 17, 2019
WebMD’s consumer STD lab tests came under fire this week after Responsible Telemedicine, a nonprofit that bills itself as an "industry watchdog," filed a lawsuit suing the company for mislabeling the tests as FDA approved.  The suit alleges that only three of the nine STD tests sold by WebMD have “undergone the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket approval process through...
By Laura Lovett 09:47 amJuly 17, 2019
This morning DEARhealth, a startup offering artificial intelligence-enabled disease management software, announced that it landed $6.8 million in Series A funding. The new influx of cash was provided by Philips Health Technology Ventures, Vesalius Bio capital lll and Health Innovations.  This news comes just weeks after the startup announced that it is teaming up with pharma giant UCB on a new...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmJuly 16, 2019
The stakes are high when it comes to medical device safety, but recall notifications aren’t always easy to find. With this in mind, a new Boston-based startup called Soom is aiming to target this issue with its new app, called SoomSafety. The app lets users scan the bar code of a medical device to bring up all safety and recall information about the product. Soom pulls from the FDA’s open-source...
By Laura Lovett 02:22 pmJuly 16, 2019
Diabetes management startup Pops! Diabetes Care has scored $6 million in an oversubscribed Series A round. The round was led by 30Ventures with participation from Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Flying Point Industries.  As part of the deal, 30Ventures Managing Partner George Arida joined the board. This isn’t the first infusion of cash for the startup. In 2017 it raised $1.2 million to bring its...
By Laura Lovett 03:14 pmJuly 15, 2019
This morning Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that the FDA greenlighted its AirDuo Digihaler, a sensor-enabled inhaler. The product, classified as a maintenance asthma inhaler, has a built-in sensor that sends usage data to a corresponding app on a user's smartphone. This information can also be sent to the user’s provider.  The sensor technology is also able to monitor inspiratory flow...