May 2, 2018
StartUp Health Insider

The Pope’s Health Moonshot

The setting was as surreal as the audience was eclectic. But that was part of the magic.

Last week StartUp Health was invited to join Pope Francis -- and celebrities like Katy Perry and Sanjay Gupta -- at the Unite to Cure conference held at the Vatican. During his address, the Pope stressed the importance of preventative health for marginalized populations and urged global collaboration in health innovation.  

“It is urgent to foster everywhere a culture of prevention as the first step in health care,” said Pope Francis.

We couldn’t have been more honored to share this stage as StartUp Health’s Steven Krein and Howard Krein, MD, PhD, laid out the progress being made on our 10 Health Moonshots. We came away encouraged and renewed in our mission to help entrepreneurs transform health for billions of people.

We hope you’ll join us.

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Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health

We saw $196 million in digital health funding this week, led by Doctor on Demand ($74.0M) for their video-based telemedicine service. Other big raises this week included Datavant ($40.5M) and Aetion ($36.4M).

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Join 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.

Join Our Upcoming Masterclass on May 16

HIMSS Europe 18 & Health 2.0 Conference

Join HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 for the HIMSS Europe 18 & Health 2.0 Conference on May 27-29 in Sitges, Spain. The conference will include sessions which will address the whole spectrum of the digital health ecosystem with the aim to reach key audiences in the sector: from hospital CEOs to innovative SMEs and startups, as well as CMOs, clinicians, and nurses.

FT US Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit

The world is sitting on the cusp of a new era in medicine. But can the healthcare system afford it? The FT US Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit on May 10 will review the latest trends and their potential implications — from both a patient and price perspective. Register with marketing code ‘StartUp’ to save 20%.

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

Arc Fusion Radical Wellness Summit
May 3, 2018
Boston, MA

HLTH: The Future of Healthcare*
May 6-9, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
*Meet StartUp Health Co-founder Unity Stoakes and Network Director Katya Hancock

TMCx Accelerator Medical Device
Entry deadline: May 11, 2018

Webinar: 5-Step Checklist - How to Master Online Marketing for Doctors
Hosted by & Healthgrades
May 14, 2018

May 17-18, 2018
Cedar Rapids, IA
*Come listen to StartUp Health Co-founder Unity Stoakes on stage

Bayer G4A Generator Kickoff*
May 24, 2018
New York, NY
*Meet StartUp Health Network Director Katya Hancock

HIMSS Europe 18 & Health 2.0 Conference
May 27-29, 2018
Sitges, Spain Summit
June 6, 2018
Boston, MA

Health & Biotechnology Summit
June 13, 2018
New York, NY

July 11-12, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

See more event information on our website.

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StartUp Health Insights

Innovative health companies raised over $196M in the last week. Some of the most recent deals:

Startup Amount   Investors
Doctor on Demand $74.0M   Goldman Sachs, Princeville Global, Venrock, Shasta Ventures, Tenaya Capital
Datavant $40.5M   Roivant Sciences, Travis May
Aetion $36.4M   New Enterprise Associates, Amgen Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Lakestar, Oxeon Ventures
Health2047 $27.2M   American Medical Association
Zhangzhongyi $15.9M   Zhongwei Fund, Shanghai Yuanshi Equity Investment Fund Management Co.
Kara Connect €1.5M   Crowberry Capital
Doxper $1.1M   Vidal Healthcare
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