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Marko Topalovic and Professor Dr Wim Janssens, two of the four cofounders of ArtiQ; credit: ArtiQ

July 11, 2019
KU Leuven health tech spinoff ArtiQ, founded at the beginning of 2019, has raised €1m in seed financing from the KBC Focus Fund, KU Leuven Gemma Frisius Fund, University Hospitals Leuven and private investor – and one of its four cofounders — Bart Swaelens.  WHY IT MATTERS The company has developed ArtiQ|PFT, an AI-based decision support tool offering pulmonologists a “standardised evaluation” of...
July 10, 2019
After the formal launch of NHSX, a new unit for digital, data and technology, the department of health and social care in England has announced that the NHS is working with Amazon to make verified health information available through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. Amazon’s algorithms will use information from the NHS.UK resource to give people answers to questions about common illnesses,...
July 9, 2019
DigitalHealth.London has launched a call for early stage companies looking to raise between £250,000 and £5m, in collaboration with MedCity and investment management and advisory firm RYSE. It follows an earlier programme that saw 300 startups submit their applications, with Skin Analytics and LifeSmart raising £1.6m and £1.25m, respectively, in funding from RYSE and other investors. “In the last...
July 9, 2019
Innovation is not new to the NHS, Tara Donnelly, NHSX chief digital officer, emphasised at the recent Digital Healthcare Show in London. But despite the worlds of technology and healthcare continuing to intertwine, the UK’s health service is grappling with outdated systems unable to talk to each other, gadgets that have long been phased out in other sectors, and paper still shuffled around...

Credit: Vodafone UK

July 3, 2019
Telecoms giant Vodafone has launched its 5G network in seven cities across the UK earlier today, switched on by five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in London. From expanding virtual reality training to telemedicine or remote monitoring, experts say 5G will accelerate adoption and stimulate innovation in healthcare in the coming years. WHY IT MATTERS “Everyone talks about speed and...
June 28, 2019
Funding news. UK social care employment marketplace Florence has announced it raised £5m in a series A financing round led by SEEK. Waverly Capital and Rianta Capital also participated, as well as a network of early stage angel investors not named. Florence aims to help healthcare professionals find local jobs, and, since 2017, it says over 20,000 nurses have registered on its platform. The new...

The Landing tech incubator, MediaCity UK

June 24, 2019
After a new Innovate UK and EUREKA competition aiming to support medtech projects and a programme supporting women-led healthtech startups in Europe, another accelerator in the space is returning to Salford in England later this year. Fifteen health and medical startups will be chosen to participate in the second edition of the Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge programme, organised by...
June 24, 2019
Last year saw record amounts of investment be plugged into European tech startups, according to the 2018 State of European Tech from investment firm Atomico. However, 93% of that funding went to startups with all-male founding teams, and the findings resemble data compiled by market research firm Pitchbook in the US, which indicates that women-led ventures secured just 2.2% of venture capital...
June 21, 2019
UK companies can now apply for funding to work on R&D projects with businesses in Singapore in a £1m competition supported by Innovate UK and the intergovernmental EUREKA network. The contest is open to all sectors, but Innovate UK is encouraging SMEs to focus on medical technology, as well as smart mobility, logistics and advanced manufacturing, with up to £350,000 available for each project...

Dr Sunita Sharma (on the far left) looking at the digital postnatal discharge system displayed on a screen; Credit: Lumeon

June 21, 2019
All jobs in the NHS will require “some element of digital skills” within the next two decades, the Topol Review published earlier this year cautioned.  And while it is well-known that bringing innovation into a system as complex as the NHS is tough, many argue that is now starting to change. According to Dr Sunita Sharma, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster...