Plus: Remote patient monitoring is raking in venture funding.
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PointClickCare looks to acquire US-based Audacious Inquiry (BETAKIT)
PointClickCare claimed the acquisition will enable it to deliver care collaboration and care solutions for over 150 million people across the US.
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Chile startup Betterfly hits unicorn status with $125 million round (BLOOMBERGQUINT)
The idea is that employees will get perks such as growing life insurance or the option to direct funds to charitable causes, while the company sees fewer sick days and lower medical costs for healthier workers.
Gandeeva Therapeutics raises $40 million in Series A funding to scale precision imaging tech (BETAKIT)
Obvious Ventures, Amgen Ventures, Amplitude Ventures, and Air Street Capital also participated in the round. A spokesperson told BetaKit that the $40 million raised is Gandeeva’s total funding to date.
Calm app acquires Ripple Health Group and appoints a new co-CEO (CNBC)
The Ripple team will focus on building Calm Health, which is designed to support mental health across the care spectrum and will replace Calm’s current employer offering, Calm for Business.
Remote patient monitoring is raking in venture funding (AXIOS)
As COVID-19 dials up demand on health systems large and small, startups offering to unload some of the burden with digital devices are raking in the cash.
Optina secures up to $2.6 million from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos-backed foundation for Alzheimer’s discovery (BETAKIT)
Founded in 2011, Optina’s mission is to change the process of how debilitating systemic diseases are diagnosed. Its first application, the awAIr cerebral amyloid status test, is a risk indicator for Alzheimers.
Kindbody hits unicorn status with Vios Fertility Institute acquisition, new leadership additions (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)
The Vios acquisition will double Kindbody’s footprint, giving the company 26 clinics across the country plus some new additions to its leadership team, including a new CEO of its clinical division in Angeline Beltsos, M.D., founder and chief executive of Vios.
Home medicine delivery by drone set to grow in 2022 (AXIOS)
Zipline, a leading drone operator, will begin delivering prescription medicines to patients’ homes in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, this year, helping usher in the long-anticipated era of routine drone drops.
Universities have a role to play in addressing BC’s tech talent crunch: report (BETAKIT)
The report, released last week by University Canada West, gathered opinions and insights from industry participants on how academia and industry can collaborate to fill the current gaps in BC’s workforce.
Amazon, other potential suitors explore Peloton deal (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
Peloton Interactive Inc. is drawing interest from potential suitors including Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, as the stationary-bike maker’s stock slumps and an activist urges it to explore a sale.
ConcertoCare orchestrates $105M in series B funding to expand value-based, at-home care for seniors (FIERCE HEALTHCARE)
The series B round was led by Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. The funding round also includes investment from Obvious Ventures, Vast Ventures, the Schusterman Family Foundation, SteelSky Ventures, Pennington Partners and returning investor Deerfield Management.
AI drug discovery startup BenchSci scores $63 million Series C round led by Inovia, TCV (BETAKIT)
Sixteen of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies use BenchSci’s tech, including Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.
Digital fitness company Future raises $75 million in funding (BNN BLOOMBERG)
Future, a digital fitness company that pairs users with coaches, is raising funds as the industry realigns itself after years of disruption related to the pandemic.
How a decades-old database became a hugely profitable dossier on the health of 270 million Americans (STAT NEWS)
To most Americans, the name MarketScan means nothing. But most Americans mean everything to MarketScan.
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