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Above photo: Tomoko Inoue, CEO of OMRON Ventures. Credit: OMRON Ventures

By Dean Koh July 16, 2019
With a background in biomedical science and rich experience in medical device venture capital investment, Tomoko Inoue possesses the technical, operational and business knowledge of what makes medtech startups successful – a role perfectly suited for her current role as the CEO of OMRON Ventures.  She believes that in a hyper aging society like Japan, there is a big need for smart infrastructure...
By Dave Muoio July 15, 2019
Patients who enrolled in a physical activity trial enjoyed a long-term benefit of fewer cardiovascular events and bone fractures up to four years after the intervention was completed. According to a new review of these patients’ routine primary care records published in PLoS Medicine, the data support further rollout of pedometer-based walking programs among older adults, even if the intervention...
By Laura Lovett July 15, 2019
This morning Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that the FDA greenlighted its AirDuo Digihaler, a sensor-enabled inhaler. The product, classified as a maintenance asthma inhaler, has a built-in sensor that sends usage data to a corresponding app on a user's smartphone. This information can also be sent to the user’s provider.  The sensor technology is also able to monitor inspiratory flow...
By Dave Muoio July 15, 2019
This morning Mahmee, a Los Angeles-based platform offering pre- and postpartum support to mothers and providers, announced $3 million in new funding headed by ArlanWasHere Investments. Other participants included Mark Cuban, Serena Williams’ Serena Ventures and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. WHAT THEY DO Mahmee’s tool works within a provider’s IT system to link a mother and child’s...
By Dave Muoio July 15, 2019
Echelon Fitness Multimedia, maker of Echelon Fit connected spin bikes and on-demand digital workouts, has received an infusion of growth capital from North Castle Partners. The companies declined to specify the size of this investment, but told MobiHealthNews that it brings Echelon’s business to a total value of $100 million. WHAT THEY DO On the surface, Echelon Fit — a standalone entity launched...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg July 15, 2019
Gone are the days of endless finger pricks to test blood glucose levels and complicated mental calculations to deduce carbohydrate ratios with insulin. The growth of people with diabetes by 314 million in the last 34 years has created an ever-expanding market in diabetes management products. Consumers are now inundated with new technology streamlining lives with less needles and more real-time...

Above photo: Professor Krystyn Van Vliet (left) with a fellow researcher in the SMART CAMP laboratory performing confocal microscopic imaging of cells. Credit: SMART CAMP

By Dean Koh July 15, 2019
The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), together with A*STAR Institutes and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), has launched a new national initiative dubbed Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalised-Medicine (CAMP). The initiative was launched as part of Singapore’s National Cell Manufacturing Initiative to overcome scientific and technical...
By Laura Lovett July 12, 2019
Deep in the belly of the University of Helsinki, large metallic cylinders line a basement lab. While the setting is clinical, scientists have added a playful touch with snow-themed name tags on each of the vats. Still, the mission of the lab is serious — inside “snow queen” and “snow castle” lie genetic samples that could potentially help decode genetic variants responsible for disease. Finland...

Omada CEO Sean Duffy. Photo credit: Omada

By Laura Lovett July 11, 2019
Omada Health, the digital health company that recently raised $73 million, came on to the digital health scene in 2011 with a focus on diabetes and chronic conditions. As the company continues to carve out its legacy in the digital health world, it is taking a cue from a more established industry. “We’re one of the most life sciences-like digital health companies. We don’t fit perfectly into any...
By Dave Muoio July 11, 2019
Telehealth and mail-order health and wellness consumer brands Hims & Hers have been joined by Dr. Pat Carroll. Formerly a chief medical officer at Walgreens and a 20,000-patient primary care group, Carroll take on a similar role for the growing startup. “Our vision is an ecosystem where people have plenty of options to get the care that’s right for them. Depending on what they need, that...

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