Health

  • Zipline raises $25 million to deliver medical supplies by drone

    Zipline raises $25 million to deliver medical supplies by drone

    Zipline International Inc. has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round to expand its humanitarian delivery drone business in Rwanda, the U.S. and beyond. The startup builds drones and runs delivery services, dropping crucial medical supplies to clinics or hospitals in areas that aren’t accessible by land. Recently, TechCrunch visited Zipline’s headquarters in Half Moon… Read More

  • On-demand birth control delivery startup Nurx raises $5.3 million from Union Square Ventures

    On-demand birth control delivery startup Nurx raises $5.3 million from Union Square Ventures

    Out of the pill? Nurx is a web platform delivering birth control in less than a couple of hours, and it just raised $5.3 million in Series A financing from Union Square Ventures. The startup launched in 2014 to bridge the gap between running out of birth control and waiting to get a new prescription. It added delivery of PrEP, an anti-HIV medication, to its services earlier this year and… Read More

  • PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

    PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

    Today, PlushCare, a telehealth service, is announcing an $8 million Series A led by GGV Capital with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Exponent. Telehealth is anything but new, Teladoc, now public, was founded in the early 2000s to provide remote care over video conference, but PlushCare aims to accomplish what others have thus far been unable to do — actually get… Read More

  • Kindly Care launches with $3.1M to help loved ones access vetted caregivers

    Kindly Care launches with $3.1M to help loved ones access vetted caregivers

    Despite massive structural changes in the American healthcare system, proper care for the nation’s aging baby boomers remains out of reach for many people. Assisted living centers for our parents and grandparents suffering from dementia and Alzheimers can cost upwards of $5,000 per month and personal caregivers signed through agencies can easily cost considerably more. A new… Read More

  • Basis Peak watches recalled, service shutting down due to overheating

    Basis Peak watches recalled, service shutting down due to overheating

    Basis Peak, a fitness watch tracking your health and sleep habits, is now being recalled by the company after reports of overheating. The Intel subsidiary first sent a statement about the overheating issues in mid-June and is now asking customers to stop wearing their watches and is shutting down service “immediately.” “We had hoped to update the software on your watch… Read More

  • Philips intros a smart health product ecosystem

    Philips intros a smart health product ecosystem

    Philips is no stranger to health. In fact, Philips Healthcare (nee Philips Medical Systems) comprises a big chunk of the multinational corporation, providing some serious industrial equipment for hospitals, from CT scanners to defibrillators. It’s no surprise, then, that the company’s been angling to make progress in the booming consumer wearable space – or that… Read More

  • LivBlends renames itself Replenish and gives us a first look at its futuristic smoothie machine

    Nearly two years ago LivBlends was a Y Combinator smoothie delivery startup. The company has evolved since then, raised $3.8 million in seed from various investors and switched its name to Replenish. It’s also moved away from delivery and into manufacturing a line of Keurig-like self-cleaning smoothie machines. Replenish is still in the testing phase of the product, but… Read More

  • Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit Ventures’ accelerator has ditched the demo day, according to Chief Innovation Officer Steve Barsh. That’s not the only change the early-stage venture firm and accelerator has made of late. Today, Dreamit unveiled a list of 25 new health and edtech startups launching from its revamped programs. A full list of those companies provided by Dreamit follows at the end of this… Read More

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    3Scan raises $14 million for a robotic microscope that could accelerate drug discovery

    3Scan raises $14 million for a robotic microscope that could accelerate drug discovery

    Robots and software aren’t just changing manual labor in warehouses or kitchens. They’re also transforming medical research. A San Francisco startup called 3Scan Inc. raised $14 million in venture funding to automate tissue analysis for scientists involved in drug discovery with its proprietary robotic microscope and computer vision systems. According to the company’s… Read More

  • Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

    Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

    If you feel the world is in danger of under-population but your fallopian swim team is letting the side down, Sandstone Diagnostics has your back. Now FDA-approved, the company’s product Trak will be the lifestyle coach and home-diagnostics tool to help deliver happier sperm and tiny shouty miracles. Read More

  • Fitbit’s newest feature reminds you to go to bed

    Fitbit’s newest feature reminds you to go to bed

    Sleep is an important part of your overall health and wellbeing, which is why Fitbit this morning is rolling out a new feature that will help you establish a more consistent sleep routine as well as send reminders when it’s time to go to bed. While several of Fitbit’s bands already enable sleep tracking, this new setting called “Sleep Schedule” is focused on helping… Read More

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