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By Leontina Postelnicu December 13, 2018
Galway, Ireland-headquartered WhiteSwell has closed a $30m series B funding round to support a pivotal trial and advance the development of its therapy system for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Heart failure occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood to meet the needs of the body, with main symptoms including shortness of breath and feeling unusually tired,...

The view from outside Helsinki Children's Hospital. All photos by Jonah Comstock.

By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2018
Helsinki Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that serves sick children from all over Finland, opened earlier this year with a price tag of €170 million, replacing an outdated facility from 1948. The building is a case study in patient-centered design and also includes a number of process innovations and digital technologies (including an iPad in each patient room). Along with a...
By Tammy Lovell December 12, 2018
A new government-funded initiative officially launched in Belgium this year to help medtech and eHealth projects get access to the support needed to advance their work, called HealthTech.Belgium. The project is a collaborative effort of three industry associations: the Belgian Federation of Technology Companies (Agoria), the Belgian Federation of the Medical Technology Industry (beMed-Tech), and...

Novo Nordisk opened a new research centre in Oxford, UK earlier this year, located on the third floor of a new building at Oxford University; illustration: Novo Nordisk

By Leontina Postelnicu December 12, 2018
Oxford, UK-based e-therapeutics has announced this week that it is entering a research partnership with Novo Nordisk that will see them use its proprietary Network-Driven Drug Discovery (NDD) platform to identify potentially new biological mechanisms and therapies for a “specific area” of type 2 diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, around 425 million people are estimated...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2018
Munich, Germany-based TeleClinic has raised $7.96 million (7 million euro) in Series A funding from Idinvest Partners. According to an announcement released this morning, the telemedicine company will use this backing to scale its offerings through new partnerships and increased marketing. TeleClinic’s 24-7 service offers voice and video tele-visits with practitioners of more than 30 different...
By Leontina Postelnicu November 26, 2018
Data science and AI are opening up new opportunities to optimise resources and improve quality of care, experts argued at the recent World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar. With more data than ever before now available, machine learning that can interpret large datasets stored and processed more cheaply, compared to a decade ago, the "next wave of progress” in healthcare could be generated...
By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2018
With just five and a half million people spread out over more than 100 million square miles of land — and a nationalized system pledged to provide high-quality free medical care to them all — the nation of Finland is about as perfect a testbed for connected health innovation as you can imagine. Add in a surplus of developers left over from Nokia’s mobile phone heyday, and you have a country with...

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