August 21, 2019
StartUp Health Insider
The Digest for Health Transformers & Changemakers

At Qura, Doug Adams Is Micro-Sizing Chronic Disease Monitoring

Doug Adams’ life as an entrepreneur began at the age of 16 when he invested in a plot of land at an auction even though he wasn’t yet a farmer. He’s been thinking outside the box ever since, most recently as the mastermind behind Qura. The Massachusetts-based medical technology company is developing tiny, implantable medical monitoring sensors that it hopes will usher in a new era of disease prevention and unprecedented medical insight.

Aha Moment

My Aha Moment: Three Founders Share Their Health Moonshot Origin Stories

Every health moonshot begins with a single step, and every entrepreneurial journey begins with a story. We asked three founders to share their lightbulb moment, when the purpose behind their work came into focus.

Cure Disease

Moonshot Momentum:
Cure Disease

This moonshot saw a 90% increase in quarter-over-quarter funding. Meet the entrepreneurs and investors opening the door to faster cures for the world’s deadliest diseases.

21st Century Surgery

Demanding 21st Century Surgery

Brand Newland, PharmD, MBA, CEO & co-founder of Goldfinch Health, shares how advanced surgical pathways are the means to a clinically-validated revolution in surgery.

Need to Knows


83 Tech Harbor Reverse Pitch

Do you have a technology or solution that will complement or improve the healthcare journey of consumers in the parenthood and/or femtech (specifically teen discovery or menopause) sectors? 83 Tech Harbor, a subsidiary of Advocate Aurora Health, wants to hear from you. Submit your solution to the reverse pitch by August 28 for a chance of up to a $200K investment, access to the 83 Tech Harbor team and advisors, plus space to work alongside them.

Health 2.0 Annual Conference

Join us at the Health 2.0 Annual Conference in Silicon Valley this September 16-18. See the full spectrum of early-stage tech, highly-vetted startups, top investors, patient-dedicated programs, policy-focused dialogues, and authentic provider perspectives fueling the next frontier of healthcare. Save $200 on your registration with discount code: H20SUH200. Applicable for new 2-day, general attendee registration only.

Digital Pharma East 

The largest digital marketing event for the life sciences sector globally, DP East, returns to Philadelphia on September 17-20. Discover how you can present business plans, justify budget and innovation, and de-risk proposals. Save 15% with code DPE19Start.

Want more? See the full events calendar on StartUp Health HQ.

Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health


This Week’s Funding

We saw over $168M in health innovation funding this week, led by healthcare staffing company Nomad Health ($34M) and femtech startup Nurx ($32M). Other big raises included Two Chairs ($21M), inveox (€17M), and Buoy Health ($15M). Click here to see details on all of this week's funding.
Download the 2019 Midyear Insights Report

Stories to Watch:

23 Startup Accelerators Around the U.S. You Need to Know About

At HLTH, Programs Aimed at Supporting More Boardroom and Leadership Roles for Women

With Alzheimer’s Research at a Crossroads, AI Might Point the Way Forward

StartUp Health Companies in the News

Conversa Using Chatbots to Engage Patients, Providers on Their Terms
Healthcare IT News

Seattle Funding News: genneve Tops Recent Local Investments

Bridging Biology, Chemistry and Computation to Design the Best Medicines: Thought Leadership From Cyclica CEO

Careteam's Dr. Alexandra Greenhill: Can AI Improve the Healthcare Experience?
Canadian Medical Association

“Talent Is Useless Without Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Thick Skin” With Samer Hamadeh, Zeel
Thrive Global

The State of Work: Cityblock Health Exemplifies Successful Worker Alignment in Achieving Their Goals

Rural & Community Hospitals Need AI the Most, Thought Leadership From Justin Nicols, CEO at Sift Healthcare

Riverwood Offers Babyscripts Services for Mothers-to-Be

SyncThink Expands IP With Patent for Content Adaptation to Subject’s Attention Using Eye Tracking
Medical Product Outsourcing

Healthcare Disparity for Hispanics, Barriers to Affordable Access to Culturally Relevant, Bilingual Care for Under- and Uninsured Documented in Hoy Health White Paper
Business Wire

Leading Prenatal App Babyscripts Announces Partnership with University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
PR Web

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