March 21, 2018
Transformer Inspiration
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
— Stephen Hawking

Fast Tracking Drug Discovery

Naheed Kurji, Cyclica on StartUp Health NOW
In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Naheed Kurji, president & CEO of Cyclica, talks to Unity Stoakes, president of StartUp Health, about Cyclica’s moonshot and how they are helping scientists more efficiently discover safer and more effective medicines by using data and AI in extraordinary ways. Watch the full discussion on HEALTH TRANSFORMER!

Health Transformer Spotlight: Reed Mollins,

Reed Mollins,
Reed Mollins, co-founder of, shares three important life lessons derived from the rules of improv that can be applied to making you a successful entrepreneur, partner, and team member. Read our in-depth interview on HEALTH TRANSFORMER and watch his full spotlight from the StartUp Health Festival.


Who Are You & Why Are You Here? Jerry Levin, the former CEO of Time Warner turned Executive Chairman of StartUp Health, has something to say to CEOs

What Large Organizations Look for in Startups: Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge panel & discussion at the StartUp Health Festival

Feet on the Earth, Head in the Sky: Dr. Jessica Mega on how tech giants like Google can help power tomorrow’s health transformation

StartUp Health Companies in the News

American Heart Association’s My Cardiac Coach Powered by Open Health Network
Google Play

Pathfinder CEO Switch Pushes Co-founder’s Focus Back to Autism Research
Startland News

Kaiser Permanente, Village Capital Select Multisensor Diagnostics for Health: US 2018 Program
MedCity News

KingFit Is One of the Two Best Tech Startups in Wichita
The Tech Tribune

Indiana 1st in Country to Use Software -- Powered by OpenBeds -- to Connect Those With Addiction to Drug Treatment
Indianapolis Star

2018 Emerging Rocket Digital Health List: Tickit Health
Ready to Rocket

The Women Who Forged Before Us Make Us the Leaders We Are Today
Sally Poblete, Wellthie, for Western Mass Women

Why Medicaid Needs to Lead the Charge in Remote Patient Monitoring
Juan Pablo Segura, Babyscripts, for HIT Consultant

All Pennsylvania Hospitals Can Now Receive Data From Affiliated EMS and Fire Agencies
Medium/Beyond Lucid Technologies

Cedarhurst Partners With Caremerge to Bring Engagement and Clinical Solutions to 19 Communities
Yahoo! Finance

FoodNiche Partners With Edamam to Offer Access to Over 2 Million Recipes With Detailed Nutritional Analysis

Human Longevity, Inc., Hires Former Ancestry Executive, Scott Sorensen, as New Chief Technology Officer
PR Newswire

The World’s Largest Community of Health Transformers

For entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare, StartUp Health Moonshot Academy is a lifetime program for every stage of growth that provides coaching, community, access, and promotion to each of our Health Transformers.

The LifeSci NYC Internship Program

The LifeSci NYC Internship Program, part of New York City’s $500 million, 10-year initiative to accelerate growth of the life sciences industry, seeks companies to host students for summer 2018 internships. The program matches top New York City college students students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences and healthcare sectors into internship positions, while helping develop the city’s next generation of life science and health leaders. For more information visit their site or email Anita Kishore.

Deadline This Week for Bayer G4A Generator

G4A Generator, the newest edition of the Bayer G4A program, is looking to collaborate with like-minded healthcare innovators in the US to help fulfill the potential of self-care. You can find detailed information about each challenge on the website and have until March 23 to apply.

Nominations Open Until Friday for 2018 Heritage Awards

The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards recognize healthcare leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers in the New York metropolitan area and are a showcase for innovators who are making measurable improvements in health status, improving access to healthcare, and having a positive impact on the quality of care. The nomination period closes around March 23.


Join us at MedCity INVEST on May 1-2 in Chicago. Hear from and connect with over 300 innovative venture capitalists, angel investors, prominent industry executives, and 40+ selected healthcare startups. Register now and use code STARTUPHEALTH to save 40% off the full rate of $1095 (discount rate is only $650). We look forward to seeing you there!

HLTH: The Future of Healthcare

By leading the development of a new industry dialogue and ecosystem, HLTH’s mission is to drive substantial reductions in healthcare costs and dramatic increases in healthcare quality. Join us in Las Vegas for the first annual HLTH conference, taking place on May 6-9.

Upcoming Health Events

TEDxUCLA 2018: Waves
StartUp Health Company inRecovery Presenting
April 7, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

World Medical Innovation Forum
April 23-25, 2018
Boston, MA

Future of Obstetrics: A Babyscripts User Experience
April 25-26, 2018
Austin, TX 

Health Datapalooza
April 26-27, 2018
Washington, DC

ATA 18
April 29-May 1, 2018
Chicago, IL

May 1-2, 2018
Chicago, IL

HLTH: The Future of Healthcare
Meet StartUp Health's Unity Stoakes and Katya Hancock
May 6-9, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

HIMSS Europe 18 & Health 2.0 Conference
May 27-29, 2018
Sitges, Spain

Buzzworthy Headlines

Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money
The New York Times

Amazon's Secretive Health Team Talking With AARP About Making Products for Older People

Tech's Next Big Wave: Big Data Meets Biology

Putting Humans at the Center of Healthcare Innovation
Harvard Business Review

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Career Opportunities With Health Transformers

Ride Health is hiring for their Client and Partner Success team! Apply directly or send resumes to

Tickit Health is searching for a Director of Marketing who is passionate about having an impact on the youth health space to join their growing team.

StartUp Health is looking to add an Online Community Manager to our growing team! To apply and for more information on all our open positions, please visit

StartUp Health Insights

Innovative health companies raised over $114M in the last week. Some of the most recent deals:

Startup Amount   Investors
BewellConnect $30.0M   Hudson Bay Capital Management
ContinUse Biometrics $20.0M   Chartered Group
Neurotrack $13.7M   Sozo Ventures, Marc Benioff, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Social Capital, AME Cloud Partners, Rethink Impact
TwoXar $10.0M   SoftBank, Andreessen Horowitz, OS Fund
Lifen €7.5M   Serena Capital, Daphni
Parachute Health $5.5M   Greater New York Hospital Association Ventures, Loeb Holding Corporation, Anthony Welters, Fred Browne
Nucleai $5.0M   Vertex Ventures, Grove Ventures, Brian Cooper, Nir Kalkstein
Bambi Medical €4.0M   Undisclosed
OKRA $4.1M   Jim Cockburn
Visiba Care €3.1M   Blue Investments, Mattias Weinhandl, Lars Svensson, Simon Josefsson, Björn Mattson
mediQuo €3.0M   Undisclosed
Informed Mindset Medical $1.3M   Undisclosed
Braive $1.2M   Eurostars, Daniel Pilotti, Øystein Landvik
Medinas Health $1.0M   Sound Ventures, Rough Draft Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Trammell Ventures
Healofy $1.0M   Omidyar Network
Digital Health Startups Raised a Record $11.5B in 2017

With over $11.5B of capital invested into the sector globally, 2017 was the most active funding year since we began tracking in 2011. We expect a dynamic year ahead!

Download the free StartUp Health 2017 Year End Insights Report now.

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