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    Silicon Valley Bank predicts a 2017 cure for the healthtech investment doldrums

    Silicon Valley Bank predicts a 2017 cure for the healthtech investment doldrums

    Things are looking up for biotech and health device startups wanting to cash in on VC dollars or go public this year. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s latest report on healthcare investments and exits, a conservative 2016 has set up 2017 for a hearty boom. Though biopharma M&A activity declined slightly last year and IPOs declined more than 30 percent, according to the report… Read More

  • Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Plug and Play, the international corporate innovation and venture capital firm, is holding its Winter Summit Demo Day this week in Silicon Valley. At the two-day event, dozens of startups that have come through one of Plug and Play’s many accelerator programs will pitch their products and services to executives at corporations and early-stage investors who may be interested in working… Read More

  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

    AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

    DevOps teams will be happy to hear that Amazon is launching its own dashboard for Amazon Web Services. Personal Health Dashboard, as the company calls it, is its latest release from the stage of re:Invent 2016 to support more advanced cloud apps monitoring. The tool puts critical infrastructure data in one place. The dashboard will automatically notify teams of failures and allow them… Read More

  • Care/of takes on the vitamin industry with customized nutrition packs

    Care/of takes on the vitamin industry with customized nutrition packs

    There’s no end to the bottles, packs and pills of various nutritional supplements out there, but vitamin startup Care/of plans to stand out by tailoring the vitamins you pop to your specific needs. The startup joins a growing number of others in tech hoping to cash in on the lucrative vitamin industry. Elysium offers pills they say will boost longevity; Ritual makes vitamins for women… Read More

  • Echo app aims to take the hassle out of ordering repeat prescriptions

    Echo app aims to take the hassle out of ordering repeat prescriptions

    A UK startup is angling to build a business out of simplifying the repeat prescription ordering process for NHS GP surgeries via an app, called Echo, that lets patients use their smartphones to make a request for more of their usual medication from their doctor. Read More

  • 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

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