mental health

By Jonah Comstock 01:59 pm June 29, 2016
Boston-based Sonde Health, a recent spin-out of PureTech Health, has licensed a health-focused voice scanning technology from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories.  The technology, developed by Thomas Quatieri, detects a range of mental health conditions from biomarkers in a person’s voice. In pilot studies, it has shown promise in measuring symptoms of depression, mild traumatic brain injury, concussion,...
By Jonah Comstock 11:09 am June 15, 2016
Mental health-focused telemedicine company Talkspace has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Existing investors Spark Capital, Soft Bank, Metamorphic Ventures, and TheTime, also contributed. “We’ve eliminated a lot of the barriers that prevent people from getting help in the first place by delivering therapy via messaging -- and, the biggest has been reducing...
By Jonah Comstock 01:36 pm May 23, 2016
The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab will collaborate on a small clinical trial investigating the possibilities for virtual reality in treating conversion disorder. Participants will use special software developed by the VHIL, combined with the Oculus Rift, to inhabit a virtual avatar body. Conversion disorder, also known as functional...
By Aditi Pai 12:56 pm May 11, 2016
Mental and behavioral health video visit company Regroup Therapy has raised $1.8 million in a round led by Hyde Park Angels with participation from OCA Ventures, Impact Engine, New Stack Ventures, Wasson Enterprise, and MD Angels. Regroup Therapy CEO David Cohn said he had been interested in the field of behavioral health since high school, in part, because the services had helped him personally...
By Jonah Comstock 02:07 pm April 6, 2016
Innovation seems to be slower to come to the mental health field than other areas of medicine, and it’s not just limited to digital health innovation. At a panel at the HxR event in Boston yesterday, a number of experts questioned why that is and shared some aspects of mobile mental health apps they’re developing.  “Over a 10-year period of time, $9.1 billion went into oncology, while 0.9 billion...
By Aditi Pai 02:25 pm February 29, 2016
Crisis Text Line, a 24-7 mental health texting hotline for teenagers, announced that the non-profit organization plans to share the data it has collected since launching with researchers who want to analyze it. The Crisis Text Line program offers young people free access to a texting service if they need emotional support and information from a trained specialist. Teens can text the line for a...
By Jonah Comstock 08:49 am June 9, 2015
New York-based behavioral health startup AbilTo has raised $12 million in third round funding led by HLM Venture Partners. Existing investors BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, .406 Ventures and Sandbox Industries all contributed to the round as well. Yumin Choi, a partner at HLM, will join AbilTo's board. AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health co-morbidities...
By Aditi Pai 09:26 am May 12, 2015
New York City-based startup Talkspace, which offers therapy sessions via the web and mobile devices, has raised $9.5 million in a round led by Spark Capital, with participation from SoftBank, according to TechCrunch. Existing investors Metamorphic Ventures and TheTime also participated. This brings the company's total funding to at least $13 million. Talkspace's app, available on iOS and Android...
By Aditi Pai 06:06 am January 8, 2015
New York City-based startup Talkspace, which offers therapy sessions via the web and mobile devices, raised an additional $1 million in seed funding from Metamorphic Ventures. This brings the company's total funding to at least $3.5 million. The company raised the first tranche of its seed round in May 2014. Existing investors include SoftBank and Spark Capital. The new funding will help the...
By Aditi Pai 08:07 am January 5, 2015
San Francisco-based health behavior monitoring and analytics startup Ginger.io raised $20 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $28.2 million. It's likely that Kaiser Permanente Ventures invested in the round because Ginger.io added Kaiser Permanente Ventures partner Dave Schulte to its board in the filing, as pointed out in a report over at ...