Laura Lovett

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...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pmJuly 12, 2019
Deep in the belly of the University of Helsinki, large metallic cylinders line a basement lab. While the setting is clinical, scientists have added a playful touch with snow-themed name tags on each of the vats. Still, the mission of the lab is serious — inside “snow queen” and “snow castle” lie genetic samples that could potentially help decode genetic variants responsible for disease. Finland...

Omada CEO Sean Duffy. Photo credit: Omada

By Laura Lovett 03:57 pmJuly 11, 2019
Omada Health, the digital health company that recently raised $73 million, came on to the digital health scene in 2011 with a focus on diabetes and chronic conditions. As the company continues to carve out its legacy in the digital health world, it is taking a cue from a more established industry. “We’re one of the most life sciences-like digital health companies. We don’t fit perfectly into any...
By Laura Lovett 03:51 pmJuly 10, 2019
Nurx, the San Francisco-based startup best known for providing contraceptives via telemedicine, has just added a new home STI testing option to its slew of services.  The new offerings, which were first spotted by TechCrunch, will allow potential clients to fill out an online questionnaire to receive an STI test kit in the mail. The kit comes with instructions and tools.  There are three STI...