Theator's $15.5M for AI surgery insights, Bold's $7M for virtual exercise programs and more digital health funding news

Also: Base launches home wellness testing subscription with $3.4 million raise; Daybreak Health delivers online counseling to teens with $1.8 million seed round.
By Dave Muoio
03:22 pm
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Theator, a Palo Alto company building an AI and computer vision platform for surgeons, has brought in a $15.5 million Series A round. Insight Partners led the raise, which also included new backer Blumberg Capital, prior investors NFX, StageOne Ventures, KdT Ventures, iAngels and a slew of individual investors.

Theator's platform focuses on streamlining pre-operative preparations and post-operative reviews by analyzing video and identifying key moments and steps for surgeons. With the new funds, the company said it will be scaling its commercial operations and provider partnerships while growing its R&D team.

“Intraoperative video footage, and by extension video-based analyses, is at the core of surgical innovation,” Dr. Tamir Wolf, CEO and cofounder of Theator, said in a statement. “Surgeons, medical systems and forward-thinking professional societies have all come to realize its potential value in enhancing surgical care and patient safety.

"Thanks to support from our new and existing investors, Theator is leveraging routine video capture and AI-based analyses of surgical data to build a surgical future where best practices are more widely understood and surgical decision-making is democratized.”


Bold, a startup providing personalized virtual-exercise programs for aging populations, has raised $7 million in seed funding, TechCrunch reports. Andreessen Horowitz led the investment.

Available as a monthly subscription, Bold has members complete a short survey about their condition and goals, and then develops a program of guided classes, text-based encouragement and other progress-tracking tools. The company said that it will be targeting partnerships with Medicare Advantage and risk-bearing providers.


At-home lab testing startup Base has kicked off its subscription model on the back of a $3.4 million investment. The money comes from Female Founders Fund, TheVentureCity, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Lakehouse, Rosecliff and AmplifyHer Ventures. 

Base marries a mail-order sample collection and testing service with a digital app that tracks results and provides guidance on users' health goals. The startup currently offers quarterly plans focused on five wellness areas: sleep, stress, diet, energy and sex drive.

“Base’s easy-to-use tests are a complete game-changer for anybody who wants to understand what’s going on with their bodies, and I’m incredibly excited about the brand’s launch,” Charlie O’Donnell, founder and sole partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, said in a statement.

“With their unique partnership with a real lab, access to thousands of clinical trials, and certified doctors and nutritionists on hand, Base is making it easier to sleep better, think clearer, and work out harder.” 


Maya, a Bangladesh-based mobile wellbeing assistant, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding from Anchorless Bangladesh and the Osiris Group.

The app uses machine learning to understand users' health concerns and directs them to health information, a live doctor or a counsellor as necessary. It also includes basic tools such as a period tracker and BMI calculator, and is available to consumers and as a partner service for employers. The company said it will be using the funds to further its international expansion and flesh out its offerings.


Daybreak Health, an online behavioral health counseling platform designed for adolescents, has closed $1.8 million in seed funding. Maven Ventures led the raise.

Daybreak's online platform connects teens to counselors through live video sessions and a mobile app. Parents receive regular updates on their child's progress, and works with pediatric and school care providers for referrals to its programs.

With the new money, the company said that it wants to build up its clinical and software engineering team, which it hopes will enable greater reach inside and out of California.

“You can’t approach teen mental health the way you would with adults. Young people have a completely unique perspective on life that requires specialized, accessible counselors who provide privacy and independence to teens without excluding parents,” Alex Alvarado, cofounder and CEO of Daybreak Health, said in a statement.

“At Daybreak, our leadership team is personally connected to the cause, and we hope to one day see a world where mental health is treated no differently than any other form of preventative care. This funding puts us in position to expand our reach to more families and accomplish our most important goal – making sure teens have the judgment-free, evidence-based mental health support they need.”

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