July 31, 2019
StartUp Health Insider
The Digest for Health Transformers & Changemakers
Opioid Crisis Working Group

A Radically Collaborative Approach to Ending the Opioid Epidemic

It’s been called the deadliest drug crisis in American history, but a small group of committed entrepreneurs are pushing back. The Opioid Crisis Working Group (OCWG) is developing a digital toolbox of products and services designed to stop the cycle of addiction. Their focus? The whole person: the biology, pharmacology, psychology, and sociology of addiction. This week, Jim Iversen, CEO and co-founder of Sen-Jam Pharmaceutical, offers a preview of what’s to come.

Electronic Health Network

Tech Enablers: the Health Innovators Bringing Connected Care to Africa

Charles Williams and Aadli Abdul-Kareem, co-founders of Electronic Health Network, have built an information superhighway that’s making health data sharing safer and easier than ever before. They’ve deployed their tech in Kenya, and this year they head west, forming new partnerships with West African countries like Cameroon. Read the story.

Mel Walker, Otsuka

Global Collaboration Lessons

Mel Walker, Vice President at Otsuka, digs into the power of global collaboration and offers entrepreneurs tips for forming smart partnerships.


Chatter Bots: Healthcare Gets Automated

Meet eight entrepreneurs developing chatbots and other ways to automate and improve the patient experience while slashing costs.

Children's Health Funding Insights
Children’s Health Funding Remains Unpredictable

In 2019 H1, CareDox came in strong with a $24M raise (40% of funding for the Children’s Health Moonshot), but funding remains unpredictable for this moonshot. See why: download the 2019 Midyear StartUp Health Insights Report.

Dr. Heather Bell, Sanofi

Real Talk From Sanofi SVP on Health Innovation

In this podcast episode, Dr. Heather Bell, SVP and Global Head of Digital and Analytics at Sanofi, sits with CNBC's Christina Farr to offer a ‘big pharma’ perspective on what is needed to overcome challenges in digital health innovation.

Need to Knows


Summer Digital Health Mixer

StartUp Health is proud to co-host the Summer Digital Health Mixer with the UCSF Entrepreneurship Center. Come join us in San Francisco on August 7 at this free annual networking event that brings out the ecosystem – entrepreneurs, hackers, physicians, MBAs, investors, and the curious.

Connected Health Summit

Parks Associates’ sixth annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home. Join in the conversation on new solutions on August 27-29 in San Diego, CA. Save 25% on registration with discount code: STARTUP.

Intelligent Health

Intelligent Health 2019 is the world’s leading AI in medicine summit, bringing together over 100 speakers in Basel, Switzerland, on September 11-12. Receive 20% off passes to be one of over 2000 attendees from 80+ countries using code SUT20 when you register.

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.

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

Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health


This Week’s Funding

We saw over $242M in health innovation funding this week, led by $160M for Freenome, a startup focused on early cancer detection. Other big rounds included $34.5M for Benchling and $30M for Ciox Health. Click here to see details on all of this week's funding.
Download the 2019 Midyear Insights Report

Stories to Watch:

What Exactly Is a 'Digital Health IPO'?

What Are the Opportunities for AI in Healthcare and What Big Data Challenges Lie Ahead?
MedCity News

More Than a Snapshot: Data Selfies and the Future of Hyper-Personalized Wellness
Dell Technologies

StartUp Health Companies in the News

StartUp Health Adds 6 New Healthcare Transformers to Its Portfolio
HIT Consultant

NASA’s Strategic Technology Partnerships Initiative Success Stories: Indago

Thought Leaders in Health IT: David Weingard, CEO of Cecelia Health (Part 1)
One Million by One Million Blog

Success Story: Abrar Ahmad of AzaadHealth
Do or Die

PF Warriors and Responsum Health Announce Strategic Alliance

Flosonics Medical Selected for L-Spark’s First Cohort of Secure IoT Accelerator Program

More Than a Snapshot: Data Selfies and the Future of Hyper-Personalized Wellness - Featuring wayForward
Dell Technologies

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