Laura Lovett

June 18, 2018
UK-based digital mental health company Healios has just closed a $2.9 million (£2.2 million) funding round led by Albion Capital and Spice Capital.  The platform connects patients to mental health professionals for assessments, treatments, and wellbeing check-ins. It also gives patients and clinicians the ability to connect through video conferencing and interactive digital tools. The digital...
June 18, 2018
Medical tech company Medtronic has just landed FDA clearance on its Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinical Programmer and ActivaProgramming application. "This marks a new era of innovation from the only partner with a 25-year DBS legacy, and paves the way to our vision of the future of DBS with a fully integrated system from planning to programming," said Mike Daly, vice president and general...

Scientist working in the lab at Helix. Photo courtesy of Helix. 

June 15, 2018
In the last few years consumer genomics has grown in both its offerings and legitimacy. The industry that was once best known for telling clients if they were Italian or Hungarian is now securing its foothold within the healthcare space.    Whether it is uniting women switched at birth 72-years prior or settling neighborly feuds, consumer genomics have caught the public’s interest. The highest...
June 14, 2018
Mindstrong Health, a company that uses phone activity to measure mental health and behavior, has just closed a $15 million Series B funding round.  This newest backing brings the startups total financing to $29 million, and will be used to scale the business and advance commercial deployments with partners in the healthcare industry. Mindstrong is backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Berggruen...
June 14, 2018
Today medical communication startup Medici announced that it has raised $22.4 million from executives coming from Citadel, Dell, Publix, and Starwood Capital, and other unnamed investors. The Austin, Texas-based startup is aimed at enabling asynchronous text messaging between care providers and patients.  “Medici is a communication tool for doctors and patients to collaborate on care. The best...
June 13, 2018
A little bit of cash paired with a wearable activity tracker could be key in motivating people with ischemic heart disease to stay active. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that participants who were given a $14 cash incentive to meet physical activity goals, that were tracked by a wearable, had significantly more steps than their counterparts who...
June 13, 2018
Paradromics, a San Jose, California-based startup that is working to create streaming capabilities between the brain and computers, has just landed $7 million in seed funding. The round was led by Arkitekt Ventures and Synergy Ventures with participation from It-Farm, Dolby Ventures, Alpha Edison, Loup Ventures, and existing investor Fusion Fund.  The goal is for the company's brain-machine...
June 12, 2018
Biogen has just launched a new app, called Aby, aimed at giving people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) accurate and reliable information about the condition and support. The app is free and gives users articles, tips and inspirations about living with the condition. It also provides patients a personal journal, where they can create custom treatment reminders, track appointments, and record...
June 12, 2018
A clinical review, published in Evidence Based Mental Health Month, suggests numerous issues, including poor app design and privacy concerns, have contributed to a low engagement rate for mental health apps. The article goes on to suggest that more patient engagement during the app design process and the creation of standards could help remedy these issues.  “The potential of smartphone apps to...
June 11, 2018
Glooko announced the launch of the new version of its Glooko Web Application platform this morning. The site aims to give users more resources with a streamlined navigation tool and an assortment of diabetes analytics, charts, and graphs.  “We are truly excited to supply PWDs and clinicians with the most comprehensive set of reports and analytics on diabetes data available today,” Sam Wyndbrant,...