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A newcomer to AI data labeling, Encord looks to ride a rising tidal wave

Before you can even think about building an algorithm to read an X-ray or interpret a blood smear, the machine has to know what’s what in an image. All of the promise of AI in healthcare — an

Here’s Y Combinator’s answer to cultivated meat’s scaling problem

The positive impact alternative meat products — like plant-based meat or cultivated meat — can have on the environment is striking. In optimistic scenarios where we transition to from meat

Nvidia’s Clara Holoscan MGX means to bring high-powered AI to the doctor’s office

This week, Nvidia, a company best known for its high-powered graphic processing units (GPUs) debuted a platform for the development of AI-powered medical devices. The device, called Clara Holoscan MGX

Eko expands algorithmic heart problem detection and lands $30M Series C extension

The stethoscope has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the 19th century. The regular acoustic type is still used every day, but it’s been joined by a panoply of digital options that can a

Volta Labs grabs $20 million to address a growing genomics bottleneck

Twenty years ago, getting a human genome sequenced was a billion-dollar, international project. Today, you can get your dog’s genome sequenced by the end of the month for a few bucks. It speaks to t

Injectsense collects $1.7M grant for its eye implant smaller than a grain of rice

If you were to accidentally drop the eye sensor developed by Injectsense, you’d have little chance of finding it. Ariel Cao, the founder and CEO, admits as much. But once it’s been implanted into

Colossal grabs $60 million Series A for moonshot mammoth project

Colossal, the company known for its mission to resurrect a woolly mammoth (or at least, an elephant with some very mammoth-like traits), is back with $60 million in Series A funding. But despite the f

Stämm Biotech raises $17M for its next-generation, 3D printed bioreactor

In the past year, there’s been a lot of hype around biomanufacturing — from growing cell-based meat to microbe-powered medicine manufacturing. But none of synthetic biology’s darlings ca

‘I need evidence yesterday’: Gesund raises $2 million to provide algorithm-validating data

It’s one thing to develop a medical algorithm, quite another to prove that it actually works. To do that, you need one crucial thing that’s hard to come by: medical data. And one startup is re

Sirona Medical acquires Nines’ AI algorithms to rebuild radiology’s IT from the ground up

Sirona Medical, a company developing an “operating system” for digital radiology, has acquired Nines — a company that has developed FDA-cleared analysis and triage algorithms. This acquisiti

Scopio aims to turn hematology into remote work with $50M C round

Today, if a hematologist wanted to dive into the exact organization and structure of your blood cells, they’d probably need a microscope in a lab. Scopio, an Israel-based startup that just closed a

Koneksa’s $45 million round could help make at-home clinical trials a reality

Rating symptoms on a numerical scale seems easy, but it can be harder than it appears. How much did it hurt when you stubbed your toe? Was it a two out of 10? A four? How often do you wake up at night

Getlabs will build out its at-home blood testing network with $20M Series A

The next time your doorbell rings, it might be a DoorDash delivery, or one of a handful of startups all vying for grocery delivery supremacy. Or it might be a phlebotomist, ready to do your blood work

Gandeeva Therapeutics raises $40m zoom in on biomolecules – and create new drugs in the process

The field scientists once jokingly called “blobography” has come a long way. Cryogenic electron microscopy was formerly known for delivering amorphous images of biomolecules. Now it has become one

Startup Battlefield winner Cellino grabs $80M Series A

Cellino Bio’s founder Nabiha Saklayen didn’t initially intend to enter TechCrunch Disrupt 2021’s Startup Battlefield — it was her PR advisor who threw the startup’s name in the ring as a

Gale Healthcare raises $60M to match nurses with empty shifts

If there was ever a rubber-meets-road moment for six-year-old app Gale Healthcare Solutions, it’s probably right now.  Gale Healthcare Solutions, founded in 2016, matches nurses with available work

Faeth Therapeutics closes $20M seed to turn nutrition into a pillar of cancer treatment

A hot bowl of pad thai simmers in front of you. The taste and texture is exactly what you might expect from a quick takeout dinner, but it’s not just a meal — it’s medicine. This hypothe

Verana Health closes $150M round to glean more detail from electronic health records

Verana Health, a company focused on collecting and organizing troves of medical data, announced a $150 million Series E funding round on Friday. This round comes as the company sets its sights on new

Meet the 13 startups in IndieBio’s SF cohort, and discover what about each swayed investors

It’s been a big two years for biotech investors. But if you ask Po Bronson, a partner at SOSV’s IndieBio, this trend was probably a long time coming.  “Often, the implication is that everything

‘How can you understand life if you don’t look at it live?’ — Eikon Therapeutics rakes in $518M

Adam Goulburn, a partner at Lux Capital, was first struck by Eikon Therapeutics’ pitch to use super microscopes to develop drugs when founder Eric Betzig posed a simple question: How can you underst
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