February 13, 2019
StartUp Health Insider
The Digest for Health Transformers & Changemakers
Addiction Moonshot

Together We Can End Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

We’re in the middle of a war. Addiction is one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – health crises of our time. Drug overdoses are now the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States; and according to the WHO, globally, around 31 million people have drug use disorders. The challenge is complex, but at least the problem is clear, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, in a recent sit-down with StartUp Health. As such, Gupta added, "there should be incredible innovation around all aspects of [the opioid epidemic]."

We couldn’t agree more. At StartUp Health, we’ve launched an urgent Health Moonshot to end addiction and the opioid epidemic. We believe that with global collaboration and innovative health treatments we can make addiction a crisis of the past. Join the movement.

Addiction Moonshot Stories

This Week – Updates from the StartUp Health Network

David Weingard of Cecelia Health

The Triathlete Taking Lessons From Diabetes Management to Tackle Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

David Weingard was training for a six-day survival race when he was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes. A true Iron Man, he turned the health challenge into a calling. Weingard launched Fit4D, now Cecelia Health, a disease management platform that provides the same type of expert clinical education that he received, to all patients living with diabetes. This year, he pushes on, expanding his company’s mission to support other chronic diseases. Read StartUp Health’s interview with Weingard.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Defining the Opioid Problem, in Order to Solve It: An Interview With CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta, MD, a practicing neurosurgeon and multiple Emmy Award-winning medical reporter, sits down with StartUp Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Howard Krein, MD, PhD, to unpack the social and cultural drivers of addiction and the opioid epidemic. Check the highlights and watch the full interview.
Joining forces: Health Transformers from StartUp Health Academy gather with 45,000 healthcare champions at HIMSS19
Sandstone Diagnostics
Karen Drexler & Greg Sommer of Sandstone Diagnostics demystify male fertility in this Health Transformer Spotlight
StartUp Health Magazine
Get your free copy of StartUp Health Magazine Issue 3: 130+ pages of trends, wisdom, and deep dives into Health Moonshots
Six New Companies Join StartUp Health Moonshot Academy
Meet six of the newest Health Transformers in StartUp Health Moonshot Academy's global army of health entrepreneurs and innovators

Need to Knows


StartUp Health Network – Everywhere You Are

We get it. So much content, so little time. Too busy to watch Dr. Gupta’s interview? Listen to it – and other audio – on the drive home, downloadable in podcast format from our Spotify channel or on iTunes.

Human Longevity, Inc., Offer

Human Longevity, Inc., invites StartUp Health Insider readers to enroll in the Health Nucleus™, which is setting a new standard for personal health by integrating full body MRI with whole genome sequencing via AI to address the top neurological, cardiovascular, and metabolic causes of aging and illness, including cancer. Receive 15% off the HN CORE offering (regular price $5500) using the promo code SUH19 by Jun 1.

Chiesi + StartUp Health Call for Innovation Deadline: Feb 20

Chiesi Farmaceutici and StartUp Health launched a global call for innovation, inviting entrepreneurs passionate about ridding the world of rare diseases to apply to collaborate with Chiesi and join hundreds of Health Transformers in the StartUp Health ecosystem working to achieve health moonshots. If you are interested in applying, please do so by Feb 20.

StartUp Health Fellowship Deadlines: Today + Friday

Deadlines for applying to our NYC Summer and San Francisco Spring and Summer 2019 Fellowships are this week. For the San Francisco Spring or Summer Fellowships, complete your application by today, Feb 13. For the NYC Summer Fellowship, the deadline to apply is this Friday, Feb 15.

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 $338M in innovative health funding this week, led by Health Catalyst with $100M for their big data healthcare analytics platform. Other big raises included Calm with $88M and DNAnexus with $68M.

Download Our 2018 Year End Insights Report

Stories to Watch

“Reverse Innovation” Could Save Lives. Why Aren’t We Embracing It?
New Yorker 

FierceMedTech's 2018 Fierce 15

StartUp Health Companies in the News

The Number One Way to Love Your Babies Well: Start With Yourself - A Love Letter to Mothers From Babyscripts
Thrive Global

Women in Health IT to Know: Doctor.com's Mara Kaufman & Erin Kitchen
Becker’s Hospital Review

Real Leaders Ep. 50 Jim & Jackie Iversen, Sen-Jam Pharmaceuticals
Real Leaders Magazine

Improving the Patient Experience With AI and Chatbots, a Talk With Conversa Health Founder Dr. Philip Marshall
Healthcare IT News

The Top D.C.-Area Startup Funding Deals in January: Babyscripts

Hoy Health + Centro Unido de Detallistas of Puerto Rico Partner to Offer All Our Products and Services to 2,000 Member Organizations
Centro Unido de Detallistas of Puerto Rico

Sandstone Diagnostics Announces First Pilot Study for Zero Delay Plasma System
EIN News

Doctor.com Welcomes Andy Kennedy as Senior Director of Sales for Hospitals and Health Systems
PR Newswire

Babyscripts Announces Third Annual Future of Obstetrics Summit in Nashville

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
Mar 8-17
Austin, TX

See the full events calendar on StartUp Health HQ.

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