Health

  • The top 7 startups from Y Combinator Winter ’16 Demo Day 1

    We asked investors what their favorite startups were from the 60 that launched at Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 Demo Day 1. After huddling with our writers and adding our input, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the batch, plus an honorable mention. Here’s our write-up of all 59 startups that launched at YC W’16 on day two, plus our 8… Read More

  • Former Apple exec launches at-home blood test startup

    Former Apple exec launches at-home blood test startup

    Bob Messerschmidt knows a little about health and wellness tech, having spent three years helping architect the Apple Watch platform after Apple quietly acquired his spectroscopy company, Rare Light, in 2010. (The terms were undisclosed.) Messerschmidt also knew when he left Apple to found a new company that it would again involve smartphones. After all, he reasoned, they’re starting… Read More

  • The major pitfall for digital health startups Crunch Network

    The major pitfall for digital health startups

    While 2015 was a solid year for digital health, with $4.5 billion in total venture funding, healthcare startups also made headlines for other reasons when reports emerged that much-hyped companies like blood-testing startup Theranos and brain-training app Lumosity were unable to prove the accuracy and effectiveness of their products. Read More

  • Apple launches CareKit to create health apps

    Apple launches CareKit to create health apps

    Apple announced on Monday the launch of CareKit, a new developer tool that will make it easier to build healthcare apps for iOS devices. The open-source platform will be available in April and should work similarly to ResearchKit, but will focus on patient care. With help from top medical institutions including UCSF, Johns Hopkins and Stanford School of Medicine, CareKit can help… Read More

  • Will apps become the next disability lawsuit target? Crunch Network

    Will apps become the next disability lawsuit target?

    Apps have become a driver of the economy. According to the Statista website, leading app stores offer around four million apps. App users are able to engage in commerce, access content and connect with for-profit and not-for-profit entities of every kind and description. If space was the final frontier for Captain Kirk and the Enterprise, digital-app experiences are the heavily explored… Read More

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    YC-backed Perlstein Lab continues their rare disease drug discovery

    YC-backed Perlstein Lab continues their rare disease drug discovery

    Perlstein Lab, or PLab as it is also known, continues to hone its automated drug discovery platform and presents its latest iteration Wednesday March 23rd at Y Combinator Demo Day. The platform they created helps the bio startup focus on finding cures for rare diseases rather than common ones. This novel approach is different from most Big Pharma labs and is thus one of their differentiators. Read More

  • Google’s GV leads $21M Series B in bioscience firm Cambridge Epigenetix

    Google’s GV leads $21M Series B in bioscience firm Cambridge Epigenetix

    VC firm GV (née Google Ventures) has made another investment in Europe — its seventh — leading a $21 million Series B round for epigenetic sequencing tech company and Cambridge University spin-out, Cambridge Epigenetix. Read More

  • AliveCor unveils Kardia Band, a medical-grade EKG band for Apple Watch

    A medtech startup called AliveCor today unveiled what may be the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band, pending its FDA clearance. The product is intended to help wearers detect cardiac arrhythmia conditions that can cause stroke, as well as indicate whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal. The band works with an accompanying Apple Watch application… Read More

  • Prenetics raises $10M to popularize patient DNA testing in Asia

    Prenetics raises $10M to popularize patient DNA testing in Asia

    Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based medical technology company, has raised a $10 million Series A round for its DNA testing technology that helps doctors provide more accurate diagnoses and better understand their patients. Read More

  • Blooming measures your heart and brain to reduce stress at work

    Blooming measures your heart and brain to reduce stress at work

    Finnish startup Blooming is aiming to help bouncing-off-the-walls-stressed office workers regain control of their lives by using wearable tech. The service includes monitoring and tracking stress levels, plus recommendation software and meditation advice to help give workers the space to stop and smell the roses. Read More

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    Editas biotech stock drops by 26 percent over CRISPR patent dispute

    Editas biotech stock drops by 26 percent over CRISPR patent dispute

    Gene editing outfit Editas has been one of the most successful tech IPOs of 2016 so far, with shares skyrocketing up 130 percent shortly after the company’s public debut. But the stock has now plummeted nearly 26 percent in after-hours trading over concerns it might not be able to legally use the technology it’s built upon. Some on Twitter believe the drop to be part of a… Read More

  • SeeDoc launches in India to provide affordable primary healthcare by video

    SeeDoc launches in India to provide affordable primary healthcare by video

    Finding affordable primary medical care can be a headache for people in India. SeeDoc is one of the newest companies using technology to solve that problem. Based in New Delhi, its mobile app connects pre-screened doctors and patients through video calls. Since launching in November, SeeDoc has been downloaded 300,000 times and handled more than 15,000 video consultations. Read More

  • For less than $1,000 you can now pull up your entire genome on your smartphone

    For less than $1,000 you can now pull up your entire genome on your smartphone

    Veritas Genetics was one of the first companies to sequence the entire human genome for less than $1,000 in 2015. It’s now taken that technology a step further by delivering the results of your entire genome in an app. To put in context just how radical this is, consider the first attempt at whole human genome sequencing required $3.7 billion to produce in 2001. It wasn’t until… Read More

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    Biden Comes To Silicon Valley For Innovation In White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

    Biden Comes To Silicon Valley For Innovation In White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

    Vice President Joe Biden showed up at the University of California San Francisco’s Genentech Hall this morning for a round table discussion with those in the tech industry about efforts towards a future without cancer. Biden’s 46-year-old son Beau passed away from the disease last Spring and President Obama announced Biden would be in charge of a $1 billion national cancer… Read More

  • Three Things The Tech Industry Has Right And The Medical Industry Has Wrong Crunch Network

    Three Things The Tech Industry Has Right And The Medical Industry Has Wrong

    It seems like there’s no shortage of online apps and services to make life and business easier. You can stream movies in your own home, pay parking tickets with the tap of a finger and plan a world adventure from the comfort of your couch. But when it comes to healthcare, you’re living in the past. Read More

  • Fitbit Plummets 16% In After-Hours Trading

    Fitbit Plummets 16% In After-Hours Trading

    Fitness gadget-maker Fitbit tumbled 16% in after-hours trading, with investors disappointed by the company’s guidance for the current quarter. Fitbit is forecasting $420 million to $440 million in revenue for the current quarter and adjusted earnings per share is expected to be between zero and two cents. Yet San Francisco-based Fitbit announced significantly better-than-expected… Read More

  • How To Train Your Human: Designing For Healthier Habits Crunch Network

    How To Train Your Human: Designing For Healthier Habits

    Cues, such as boredom, hunger, an activity, a time, or an emotion trigger us to do certain actions or routines. When we complete that routine, we get a physical or an emotional reward. Doing this often enough gets us into a habit forming loop. Read More

  • The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered Crunch Network

    The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Healthcare reform has eluded Congress for more than two decades. It seems technology, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), could well make the biggest transformation of all. In many respects, IoT is just what the doctor ordered. It holds the key to lowering medical costs, improving quality and making healthcare more personalized, accessible and affordable for average patients. Read More

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