WebMD now available in China, Sanofi and Nutrino team up, and more digital health deals

WebMD goes to China. WebMD is teaming up with Chinese tech giant Tencent in a deal that would introduce the health information platform to Asia. This means that WebMD’s services will be translated into Chinese and localized to suit the Chinese population. 

Medidata confident in its business following strong Q2, Shyft acquisition

Clinical trial technology company Medidata boasted consistent gains in revenue and income for the second quarter of 2018 during yesterday’s earnings call to investors.

Referencing these numbers, last month’s acquisition of Shyft Analytics, recent high-profile contracts, and increased recognition from industry analysts, Medidata CEO and Chairman Tarek Sherif said that his company is performing well and on-track to meet its year-end goals.

23andMe lands $300M investment from GSK

23andMe on Wednesday announced that GlaxoSmithKline has invested $300 million to gain exclusive access to the genetic testing startup’s DNA database. 

The deal comes as GlaxoSmithKline amid reports that GSK is weighing the possibility of a company breakup and investors contending that synergies between consumer markets and big pharma are inherently limited and that GSK’s pharmaceuticals business — its biggest unit — has shown sluggish growth over the past few years

Telemedicine lands primetime spot on Discovery Channel's Shark Week

Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. 
Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat. 

HealthCrowd raises $7.2M to continue automated patient communications

San Mateo, California-based HealthCrowd, maker of an enterprise platform for digital patient communications and analytics, announced today that it has closed a $7.2 million funding round let by TVC Capital. Startup Capital Ventures and Healthy Ventures returned to further fund the company, along with other unnamed backers.

Healthy.io gets FDA nod for smartphone camera-based home urine test

Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more.

Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Healthy.io has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-grade diagnostic device. 

Bose joins as late investor in Aaptiv's Series C, collaborates on audio AR

Aaptiv, a fast-growing New York-based digital fitness content-maker, has added a follow-on investment from Bose Ventures, the investment arm of technology company Bose Corporation, to its recent $22 million Series C round, bringing the total up to $23 million.

Beddr raises $5.6M to support launch of consumer-clinical sleep tracker

Mountain View, California-based sleep tech company Beddr has closed $5.6 million in Series A funding and unveiled its flagship product, the Beddr SleepTuner. The funding round was led by Three Leaf Ventures, with additional participation from the Stanford-StartX Fund, Delta Dental Washington Seed Fund, IT Farm, and other unnamed individuals.

Motiv's fitness ring comes to Android, teens experience Alzheimer's through VR, and other digital health news briefs

Putting yourself in someone else's shoes. High school students are learning about living with Alzheimer's disease in a new VR experience that simulates the experience for teens. The program, which was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference yesterday, has multiple different storylines for students to explore. The experience lets students see what it is like to live with macular degeneration and hearing loss as well as dementia.