Biotech & Health

Disclo aims to inspire inclusive workplaces — starting with disability accommodations

Disclo CEO and co-founder Hannah Olson was diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was in college. At the time, she didn’t really see herself as someone with a disability, even though it meant spending

FTC slaps $1.5M fine on GoodRx for sharing users’ health data with Facebook and Google

Online pharmacy GoodRx has agreed to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties for years of sharing the health information of consumers with third parties like Facebook, Google and Criteo for advertising pu

Michroma wants to make food colorings, flavors more ‘fun’gi

Michroma is developing its novel technology for food colorings and flavorings that uses precision fermentation to scale fungal food colors.

Precision Neuroscience is making brain implants safer, smarter and reversible

Brain researchers have relied on devices called microelectrode arrays for decades, but the technology behind these tools is increasingly outdated. Precision Neuroscience is building a modern alternati

Teal unwraps $8.8M to build out a telehealth platform for women — starting with cervical cancer screening

Female-focused telehealth startup, Teal Health, is popping up today to announce an $8.8 million seed round with a roster of heavy hitting investors on board — including (Serena Williams’)

TBD Health is rolling out at-home sexual healthcare to all US states

Reproductive rights is a hot-button topic for much of the political spectrum in the U.S. Against that backdrop. TBD Health is not-so-quietly making patient-focused and inclusive sexual healthcare avai

Put a (smart) ring on it: Movano on why its health wearable will put women first

Movano Health turned heads at CES with an ouroboros-esque smart ring designed for women. In the crowded field of fitness wearables, where the mainstream heavy hitter of the Apple Watch heads up a very

You could be Wasted and not even know it

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week, Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebec

Starling Medical’s new urine-testing device turns your toilet into a health tracker

The Houston-based company wants to prevent hospitalizations from chronic conditions, including urinary tract infections, diabetes and kidney disease.

Danish startup Kanpla wants to help canteens cut food waste

As much as 40% of all food produced each year goes nowhere near a human mouth, resulting in economic, environmental and social costs of an estimated $2.6 trillion. While there are a multitude of socia

With new funding, Atomic AI envisions RNA as the next frontier in drug discovery

The biotech industry is experiencing a rush of AI-powered tools for many aspects of the complex drug discovery process. But one that has flown under the radar, increasingly thought to be key to certai

TechCrunch+ roundup: Deep tech fundraising, negative trade secrets, 3 metrics investors love

You can’t create a magic plan to save your startup — there are simply too many factors outside of your control.

Despite 2022’s headwinds, women’s health startups did better than ever before

TechCrunch conducted a vibe check to see where this sector stands, and found a prevailing sense of guarded optimism.

Sunfish’s technology wants to bring affordability to assisted reproduction

Sunfish, a new startup built by a former director at one of the oldest surrogacy and egg donation agencies in the world, has raised $4 million to build financial assistance tooling for hopeful parents

Amazon launches RxPass, a $5/month Prime add-on for all-you-need generic drugs covering 80 conditions

More than two years since announcing Amazon Pharmacy to take some of the prescription drugs business away from big (and smaller) drug stores, Amazon is launching a new product to expand its reach in t

Babylist makes an even bigger bet on baby products with Expectful acquisition

Today, baby registry and product discovery platform Babylist announced that it has acquired health and wellness tool Expectful for an undisclosed price. The deal brings together two companies focused

With a focus on patients with chronic illness, Nourish hopes to help Americans eat better

Nourish connects users with a registered dietitian (RD) via telehealth and helps them get their consultations covered by health insurance.

A peek into the future as Sam Altman sees it

Late last week, in a rare sit-down before a small audience, this editor spent an hour with Sam Altman, the former president of Y Combinator and, since 2019, the CEO of OpenAI, the company he famously

Predictions for the longevity industry in 2023

This year will shift the conversation from "life span" to "health span" — how we live healthier for longer.

Inflow, a platform for managing ADHD through cognitive behavioral therapy, raises $11M

Inflow, a company developing a platform to manage ADHD using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, has raised $11 million in a Series A round of funding. ADHD, or “attention deficit hy
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