Health

  • Bitfinder, makers of the Awair air monitor, inhales $4.5 million in Series A

    Bitfinder, makers of the Awair air monitor, inhales $4.5 million in Series A

    Bitfinder, the company behind the Awair air quality monitor, has today announced the close of a $4.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Altos Ventures, with participation from Samsung Ventures. Bitfinder first launched on the scene as an R/GA accelerator (powered by TechStars) company in February of 2015. The company launched the Awair air quality monitor, which doubles as both… Read More

  • Apple acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup

    Apple acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup

    Apple has reportedly acquired health data startup Gliimpse, a company that collects and combines disparate threads of personal health info. Fast Company reports that the acquisition went down earlier this year, but there has yet to be any confirmation on the part of Gliimpse. However, FC says that Apple confirmed the acquisition, saying: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time… Read More

  • SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    A startup called SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm. Cancer, respiratory problems, dermatitis from skin exposure to hazardous substances, and health problems from high levels of exposure to noise and vibrations are among the occupational safety and… Read More

  • What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers Crunch Network

    What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

    Fitbit is facing a class-action lawsuit regarding the accuracy of their heart-rate data, which have been shown to be inaccurate by a margin of up to 20 beats per minute. This news risks sending back to the drawing board many of us who have been experimenting with biotelemetry. Here we seek to present a balanced view of the state of these and other related issues, and chart a viable path forward. Read More

  • NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

    One of the few remaining universal truths is that healthcare costs are too high. Insurance companies are bucking under the pressure from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and they are willing to try almost anything if it means reducing costs. With a shiny $8.5 million Series A from Norwest Venture Partners, NextHealth will be making that exact promise of reducing healthcare costs to U.S. Read More

  • Coursera’s co-founder Daphne Koller set to start anew at Calico

    Coursera’s co-founder Daphne Koller set to start anew at Calico

    In a blog post, Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller announced she is leaving the company to join Alphabet subsidiary Calico. Koller founded Coursera with Andrew Ng back in 2012 after working together on artificial intelligence research at Stanford. The two supported the company’s growth until Ng left to become chief scientist at Baidu’s research arm.  Today Coursera has grown… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Multiply Labs launches a 3D-printed vitamin with a time-release twist

    Y Combinator’s Multiply Labs launches a 3D-printed vitamin with a time-release twist

    There have been quite a few “clean” vitamin and supplement startups popping up lately — Olly, Ritual, Elysium Health and Nootrobox are just a few of the venture-backed chosen in the space — and many offer different combinations for better hair, brain power, focus and energy in several different packages and subscription plans. Elysium even claims to help with… Read More

  • The next wave of transformative digital health Crunch Network

    The next wave of transformative digital health

    Digital healthcare investing has gone through several waves: 2013 was the year of consumer wearables, 2014 of healthcare big data, 2015 of virtual care delivery and 2016, so far, has been about payer disruption. 2017 will be a return to the core practice of medicine: technology that enables providers and biopharma to extend their reach and take greater risk for outcomes. Read More

  • The healing power of AI Crunch Network

    The healing power of AI

    Artificial intelligence originally aspired to replace doctors. Researchers imagined robots that could ask you questions, run the answers through an algorithm that would learn with experience and tell whether you had the flu or a cold. However, those promises largely failed, as artificial intelligent algorithms were too rudimentary to perform those functions. Read More