February 20, 2019
StartUp Health Insider
The Digest for Health Transformers & Changemakers
Moonshot Progress: Access to Care

Moonshot Progress: Access to Care

Too often, healthcare is for the few – for those who live near urban areas or have money. We call it a problem of access and our global army is meeting the challenge head on in our Access to Care Moonshot. We believe that together we can deliver quality care to everyone, regardless of location or income. This week’s moonshot progress comes from Hoy Health, which has built an interconnected suite of cash-pay products, discounted medications, and a unique system for sending medications across the border in order to open up access to care for lower income and Spanish-speaking communities.

More from the Access to Care Moonshot:


More Trial, Less Error: How Cyclica Is Speeding Up Drug Research

Toronto-based Cyclica – part of StartUp Health’s Cure Disease Moonshot – was named one of the top 20 AI companies in the pharma space by Deep Knowledge Analytics. The company’s revolutionary approach to pharmaceutical research uses hard-core computation to compress what would be a 480-day biophysics calculation on a home computer, down to three days. Read why pharmaceutical companies like Bayer and China’s WuXi are turning to Cyclica to accelerate drug development processes and gain an unprecedented understanding of medicine effectiveness.

Closing the Gender Gap in Healthcare Leadership

Closing the Gender Gap in Healthcare Leadership

Oliver Wyman has established itself as a force within the healthcare community. This year, they’re turning their critical eye on women in healthcare leadership. StartUp Health sat down with Terry Stone, Managing Partner at Oliver Wyman, to hear about their new initiative that is working to narrow the gender gap in healthcare leadership. Read the interview on StartUp Health HQ and watch Stone’s presentation at the 2019 StartUp Health Festival.

Bertrand Bodson, Novartis

Achieving Health Moonshots

Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer, Novartis, chats with StartUp Health’s Unity Stoakes on a global vision for achieving Health Moonshots together.

Noel Coleman, Doctor.com

Health Transformer Spotlight

Doctor.com’s Noel Coleman shares how Doctor.com is building the engine that makes shopping for personalized care as easy as shopping on Amazon.

StartUp Health Magazine

StartUp Health Magazine

We choose to go to the moon: Get your free copy of StartUp Health Magazine Issue 3: 130+ pages of trends, wisdom, and deep dives into Health Moonshots.

Rare Disease Call for Innovation

Call for Innovation

We’ve extended the deadline for applications for the Chiesi and StartUp Health Rare Disease Call for Innovation through World Rare Disease Day, Feb 28. Apply here, more info here.

StartUp Health @ SXSW

StartUp Health @ SXSW

Join our army of Health Transformers as we head to Austin, TX, in a few short weeks to celebrate health innovation at SXSW. You can catch us during the following events, starting on Fri, Mar 8.

StartUp Health @ Energizing Health House

In partnership with Novartis Biome, we’ll be hosting a series of lively discussions and presentations on Mar 11 on ‘Why We Choose to Go to the Moon’ and the future of health innovation with Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes, co-founders of StartUp Health. Check out the full schedule.

Barracuda Bowl applications now open!

Companies interested in participating in this year’s Barracuda Bowl, hosted in partnership with Novartis Biome and taking place during the Energizing Health House (Mar 8-11), can submit an entry form by Feb 25, 5 pm.

Limited edition of StartUp Health Magazine @ SXSW

Also grab the special SXSW edition of the StartUp Health Magazine available exclusively at SXSW. Follow along on Twitter so you know exactly where you can snag a copy.

We’ll see you in Austin!

Need to Knows


iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify… Oh My

Too busy to watch StartUp Health TV? Listen to it during your workout, downloadable in podcast format from our SoundCloud or Spotify channels or on iTunes.

Nominations Open for the 4th Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards

Do you know someone solving today’s big healthcare challenges? Heritage Provider Network and Crain’s Custom are recognizing innovators who are making a measurable and impactful difference for patients in all areas of healthcare. The fourth annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards are open to individuals and organizations of all sizes. The deadline to nominate is Mar 22.

StartUp Health Partnership Workshop

Are you a health startup founder passionate about changing the world? Sign up for our next Partnering With StartUp Health Workshop to chat with Unity Stoakes and the rest of the StartUp Health Team about what it means to join our global army of Health Transformers. Start by completing a 10-Minute Mindset Audit now.

Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health

We saw over $144M in innovative health funding this week, led by Paris-based Alan, which raised €40M ($45M) for its health insurance product. Other big raises included Soocas with 200 million yuan ($30M) and Teckro with $25M.

Download Our 2018 Year End Insights Report

Stories to Watch

Apple Is Getting So Serious About Health, It's Started Hosting Heart-Health Events at Apple Stores

The Year of the Megadeal and a Hot Digital Health Market in China

StartUp Health Companies in the News

How Hoy Health’s Technology Is Helping to Provide Affordable Access to Care for Hispanic Families

Some Big News From Greatist: Healthline Acquires Healthy Living Property Greatist.com

The Role That Valera Health Plays in Mental Health Treatment
Tech Republic

Biotechnology Pioneer Nightingale Mixes High Tech With Blood Tests

Doctor.com’s Tip for Developing Wearable Tech

Zeel Makes Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifting Easy
PR Newswire

Five Myths and Facts About Cancer Prevention, Sponsored in Part by Savor Health
PR Newswire

Babyscripts Announces Expanded Partnership With George Washington University

WinguMD Announces ZenSnapMD, Expanding New Platform Capabilities and Adds Data Distribution, LLC, as a New Sales Partner
PR Newswire

Grand Retirement Selects CarePredict for AI-Based Predictive Solution to Enhance Resident Care and Improve Workforce Efficiency
PR Newswire

Sen-Jam Pharmaceutical Underscores the Urgent Need to Revolutionize Pain Management and End the Opioid Epidemic at the 2019 StartUp Health Festival
Global Newswire

Upcoming Health Events

Wearable Tech + Digital Health + Neurotech Silicon Valley 2019
StartUp Health’s Unity Stoakes speaking
Feb 21-22
Stanford, CA
StartUp Health's Unity Stoakes speaking on Mar 8
StartUp Health’s Steven Krein & Unity Stokes presenting on Mar 11

Mar 8-17
Austin, TX
See the full events calendar on StartUp Health HQ.

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