News & Updates

Athos, a smart workout clothing startup, raised $12.2 million in Series B funding. Athos makes flexible sensors that can be printed on workout clothing to gather data (heart rate, calories burned) and communicate with a smartphone. Athos reminds us of OmSignal, last year’s Launch! winner, but looks slightly more workout oriented. Or maybe we’re just too focused on an investor list that includes Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and NBA player Jermaine O’Neal.

Azumio, a health app maker, raised $916,000 in funding. Last year, Azumio launched Argus, which collects into one beautifully designed app all the functionalities of Azumio’s other apps: heart rate, steps, sleep tracking etc. Getting a bunch of data in one place, something we call the data utility layer, has been a growing trend, and earned Argus a spot as one of the first apps for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear SmartWatch.

Smart toothbrush maker Beam Technologies raised $5 million in a round led by Drive Capital for its manual smartphone connected toothbrush. Believe it or not, there are several smart toothbrushes on the market including a Bluetooth-connected line from Oral-B and a competing smart brush from Kolibree. A live, main stage brush off may just be in order for the next Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

CareDox raised $2.5 million, according to an SEC filing that also notes the company aims to raise just over $3 million. Schools and parents can use the CareDox platform to store students’ immunization records, medical history, allergies, medications, and special dietary needs. The convenience of access (via web, mobile) and elimination of annoying, repetitive forms is huge, but we’re seeing a lot of point solutions that could eventually be subsumed into something else – for example, a PHR.

Acupera secured $4 million in Series A financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners and The Whittemore Collection. Acupera developed a care coordination platform that leverages EMR data to create disease-specific care pathways. CEO Ron Razmi was a practicing cardiologist in a previous life, which allowed him to develop the platform in such a way that it really fits into clinical workflow. Don’t take our word for it though – Acupera will be demoing at the 8th Annual Fall Conference.

OSTAR Healthcare Technology, a medical device and health care IT company, launched A300, a cloud based remote telehealth vital signs patient monitoring system. A300 can configure the system based on provider, physician, nurse, chronic disease, drug, ACO metric and/or any other relevant data, and can seamlessly send information to EMRs and HIEs anywhere in the world.

iMedicor, a provider of HIPAA-compliant, software and consulting communication solutions, will donate approximately $600K worth of its cloud based iCoreMD, iCoreDental, and iCoreExchange software to Florence-Darlington Technical College. FDTC students will use this software to train for in-demand positions in the medical and dental fields.

The National Family Communication Initiative launched, for people who are unable to find adequate donations to pay for their medical expenses. Users can raise money by distributing free games designed to build closer relationships and give kids communication and thinking skills. Games are paid for by sponsorship advertising from businesses and public organizations, with messages printed at the back.

23andMe, a personal genetics data company, is partnering with Pfizer, Inc. to enroll 10,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in a research initiative to explore the genetic factors associated with the onset, progression, severity, and response to treatments for IBD. 23andMe will recruite non-23andMe customers who also have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. All participants will receive 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service at no cost, including their ancestry analysis and uninterpreted raw genetic data.

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