Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:03 pmSeptember 16, 2019
This morning Firefly Health, a Boston-based health navigation and concierge platform, announced a $10.2 million Series A funding round led by F-Prime Capital and Oak HC/FT.   This news coincides with a slew of board seat announcements, most notable of which is Jonathan Bush, cofounder and former CEO of athenahealth, who will be joining the team as executive chairman.  “I have spent my entire...
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pmSeptember 16, 2019
TrialCard, a company that works with pharma manufacturers to link patients to medications and services, announced last week that it is set to acquire Mango Health, maker of a gamified patient engagement tool and medication adherence platform, for an undisclosed amount.  As part of the deal, TrialCard will acquire Mango's app, which lets patients track their medication and adherence. It also has a...
By Laura Lovett 12:11 pmSeptember 16, 2019
Digital pharmacy Capsule has scored $200 million in new funding. The latest round was led by TCV with participation from Thrive Capital and Glade Brook Capital. This news comes a little over a year after the New York-based startup announced a $50 million Series B round, and about two years after its $20 million Series A round. WHAT THEY DO  The company offers hand-delivered same-day medication...
By Laura Lovett 04:45 pmSeptember 13, 2019
A new company out of London called Bold Health is combining digital tools and cognitive behavioral therapy with the aim of helping patients improve their gut health.  Earlier this month, the company launched its first product, Zemedy, an app targeted at treating irritable bowel syndrome symptoms through a combination of CBT, hypnotherapy exercises and stress management techniques.  “There is a...
By Laura Lovett 02:28 pmSeptember 12, 2019
There are some striking similarities between mail-order sexual health companies Ro and Hims: Both started out focused on men’s sexual health, both employ telemedicine and if you ride the subway in a major city you’ve probably seen their advertisements.  But things are getting heated this week after Hims launched an updated version of its platform. On Tuesday, Ro cofounder Zachariah Reitano...
By Laura Lovett 11:11 amSeptember 12, 2019
Period tracking apps have sprouted up all over the app stores. But those apps might not be as private as users think. An investigation from a UK-based research group Privacy International found that some apps are sharing users’ personal information including details about a user’s cycle and even the last time they had sex — with social media giant Facebook. The report found that most popular apps...
By Laura Lovett 04:14 pmSeptember 11, 2019
It doesn’t take long to scroll through any social media platform before seeing photos of new babies. But for a lot of women, getting pregnant can be an isolating experience and take longer than expected. Increasingly, the healthcare innovation industry is seeing fertility-focused startups sprouting up to support women in their journey. Now big names in the field are getting involved.   Earlier...
By Laura Lovett 11:12 amSeptember 11, 2019
When it comes to clinical trials, oftentimes the majority of a patient’s experience happens “off stage” in their home or community. For example, medication adherence, or nonadherence, has been a major pitfall in medicine. Studies have found that roughly one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and of those filled up to 50% are taken incorrectly.  Startups have taken notice and the digital...

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By Laura Lovett 04:13 pmSeptember 10, 2019
Startups can have a difficult time striking a balance between the fast pace of tech culture and healthcare’s slow-and-steady validation culture. In part, the culture clash is a West Coast-East Coast divide, with tech giants congregating for the most part in California and hospitals and pharma in the Northeast, according to a panel moderated by CNBC’s Christina Farr at the MassBio Digital Health...

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By Laura Lovett 11:23 amSeptember 10, 2019
Sleep tech company Dreem launched the second version of its AI-enabled sleep tracking headband and companion app, Dreem 2, in the U.S. today.  The technology includes an EEG, heart rate, respiration and movement tracker. A user’s information is then monitored and analyzed by the system for their review the next day. The headband has a companion app where the customers’ sleep data can be...