May 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the funding amount. The story has been updated to accurately reflect that Owkin raised $5 million in funding.
New York City-based Owkin, which uses machine learning to enhance biomedical research, has raised $5 million in Series A follow-on funds. GV, the venture arm of Alphabet formerly known as Google Ventures, was the sole investor. After...
February 22, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a research partnership with Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind that will tackle issues concerning patient deterioration during hospital care.
Using a dataset comprised of 700,000 historical, de-personalized health records, the machine learning platform will help the VA identify risk factors for deterioration while predicting its onset.
“Medicine is more...
January 4, 2018
Cityblock Health, the urban-focused public health startup that spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs in October, has raised $20.8 million in a round led by Maverick Ventures. Thrive Capital and Sidewalk Labs also contributed to the round, as did other unnamed strategic investors. The raise brings Cityblock’s total funding to $23.2 million.
“We started Cityblock with a simple goal: to radically...
December 21, 2017
While many of its health-related efforts have been shunted into Verily, Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google) actually made health-related moves across its business this year. From search engine updates to massive research studies to M&A, read on for a timeline of Alphabet subsidiaries’ biggest digital health moves this year.
January 26: Verily, Alphabet’s main healthcare subsidiary...
December 5, 2017
Google’s Sidewalk, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is diving into community health after launching Cityblock, a startup focused on reinventing urban health, back in October. Cityblock aims to address the health disparity in lower socio-economic urban communities by providing preventive medicine and access to resources.
“There’s a problem in our cities: whole neighborhoods are sick," Iyah Romm,...
October 4, 2017
With just nine acquisitions, the third quarter of 2017 didn't set a record for number of digital health acquisitions — Q1 and Q2 of this year came in at 12 apiece. But it did feature some very high-profile deals, including the acquisition of digital health pioneer WebMD, a rare acquisition from Alphabet, and big deals in spaces from diabetes management to caregiving to health insurance.
August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday.
Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
May 31, 2017
Outcome Health, a maker of waiting room screens and tablets for patient education and pharmaceutical marketing, has raised at least $500 million in first round funding, lending the company a valuation of around $5 billion. Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Alphabet’s growth equity investment fund CapitalG, Leerink Transformation Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Balyasny Asset...
May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...
April 20, 2017
Alphabet-owned Verily has launched the Project Baseline Study, a collaborative effort with Stanford Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine to amass a large collection of broad phenotypic health data in hopes of developing a well-defined reference of human health.
Project Baseline aims to gather data from around 10,000 participants, each of whom will be followed for four years, and will...