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By Leontina Postelnicu 10:40 amAugust 6, 2019
Munich-based venture capital firm Wellington Partners has closed its largest life sciences fund to date, at €210m, it was announced last week. German insurance company Talanx, KfW Capital, a subsidiary of KfW Group bringing together 20 VC experts, and the University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Company participated in the fund, along with the European Investment Fund and European Investment...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 04:28 amAugust 6, 2019
VR healthcare training company Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) has unveiled this week a partnership with Oxford University that will see medical students use its technology. HOW IT WORKS Their platform will now enable them to practice treating patients in interactive scenarios using Oculus Rift VR headsets, and receive feedback on the actions taken to improve their performance. The system is ...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:49 amJuly 24, 2019
Malmö-based medical device startup Flow has landed $1.5m (approximately €1.35m) in funding in a round led by Khosla Ventures, it was announced this week. The new funds will be used to support the European rollout of Flow's brain stimulation headset and therapy app, developed to treat depression, which were launched in the UK and Sweden earlier this year. “The Khosla Ventures investment will...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:24 amJuly 22, 2019
Vodafone has partnered with UK charity Mencap to launch an initiative that aims to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities through the use of technology. During the past year, the Connected Living project has been trialled in 48 of Mencap’s supported living services in Hampshire, Sussex, Somerset, Cornwall, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. The aim is to make...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:37 amJuly 22, 2019
Cambridge-based Closed Loop Medicine (CLM) has secured £1.3m in research grant funding from the Innovate UK Innovation Accelerator, Longwall Ventures and IQ Capital, it was announced on Friday. The new funds will see the British startup work with specialists from the Clinical Research Centre at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, on a new project to help...

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

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:25 pmJuly 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:24 amJuly 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,...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:44 amJuly 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:19 amJuly 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...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 01:30 pmJuly 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...