#17 🍩 What the Health - Ketamine clinics, Microsofts making moves & Investors4u
Your fortnightly healthtech TL;DR roundup
Happy 8 months team!
Can you believe we made it this far?! I certainly can’t. Appreciate you all ❤️
To celebrate we’re having a panel… Demystifying Funding in Healthtech
(that’s a lie, it’s a coincidence, but just go with it)
There's lots of hype and hysteria, but it’s hard to cut through the fluff and find actual quality insights and advice.
So instead, come hear from these legends who’ve been betting on health before it was cool… they’ll dispel myths, discuss the realities of raising capital, and dish the dirt on top trends in health and creating great healthtech companies.
🍩 Register here 🍩
Jobs, Jobs, Fabulous (Featured) Jobs
🧬 ResusRight - a MedTech on the mission to save millions of newborn lives by improving the way we resuscitate infants is looking for a Quality Assurance Electronics Engineer & Office Manager
🧠 Mindset Health - a digital health company looking to help a billion people improve their health with clinically backed hypnotherapy apps are looking for a People & Talent Lead… and a heap of other roles
Check out the WTH Jobs Board for other smoking roles in every imaginable area…
Healthtech and hunting for good peeps? Post away!
🇺🇸 Perx raised $3m fuelling US expansion of its behavioural change platform, helping people with chronic health issues better adhere to treatment plans
🌊 Tidal Ventures launched an “expert investment network”… looks like founders + operators in funding is trending fast…Venture DAO anyone?
🧊NZ’s Icehouse Ventures snagged NZ$110m for growth of its… growth fund
♀️ JunoFem raised NZ$1m for its medical device helping women improve pelvic floor health
💰Virtual hospital startup, Global Medics Australia is seeking $5m to fuel their mission of creating easy equitable access to doctors’ consults around the world
🤖Ellen Medical Devices bagged grant of $427.5k for its new dialysis machine set to cost only a fraction of traditional machines to build and run
✈️ Swoop Aero made its first malaria vaccine delivery by drone in Malawi and delivered its 400,000th item
🏥 Philips & Teladoc Health partner to rollout integrated virtual health solutions across hospitals and health systems in Aus & NZ
👨⚕️ An article on “Why every healthtech should hire a doctor went viral”…
Duh. Don’t think its a point (many) are debating, so why isn’t it happening? Its about finding the right people AND ensuring they have the pathways, context and skills to do so… and that can be harder than it looks
🍁Researchers at USYD discovered 3 molecules in cannabis that could reduce seizures
🤝 Microsoft partnered with FiveP Australia to launch a mobile messaging solution for speedy communication in Healthcare
🚵♀️ Peleton is finally set to launch in NSW this week and is partnering with Beyond Blue to support the creation of peer-to-peer online communities and increase connectedness
🍎 CSIRO’s Total Wellbeing Diet paid >$2m to Aussies for shifting the kgs giving full refunds for those who “successfully” completed the program
🔥 Mindset announced their new digital therapeutic app for menopause – hypnotherapy for hot flashes - clinically shown to help reduce hot flashes by up to 80%
Here’s what the AFR reckon are our “Top Health Innovations”…
🚨 Healthcare is under (cyber) attack - Macquarie Health Corp was hit with hackers claiming 6700 peoples records hit the dark web
🍏 Speaking of… it’s come out that Fitbit & Apple wearables had a data breach impacting 61m records
🍄 Shrooms and MDMA might be on their way to clinical use… with a decision from the TGA set for December
A review by an independent expert panel has found MDMA and psilocybin may show promise for therapeutic use to treat mental illnesses
🥇Australia’s first psychedelic clinical trial commences recruitment
☀️QLD is keen to become the new home of innovation (and healthtech), investing heavily in what it says $11b opp
US & Beyond the Borders
📊 Microsoft jumps on the AI algorithm bandwagon teaming up with Humana to develop systems to predict and bridge gaps in care for patients
🧘♀️Classpass and Mindbody join forces to become the ultimate wellness platform
🚺 Instacart’s CEO is launching a boss women’s health startup addressing how difficult it is for women to have their health concerns taken seriously
💊 New treatment for head and neck cancer tumours show promise as cancer cells “disappear”
🏋️♂️ Primary care is everywhere… with CrossFit getting in the game adding Crossfit Primary Care a “fully personalized and comprehensive health optimization plan” through the use of “precise genomic profiles, advanced labs, and biomarkers.”
Fun fact nobody asked for…
A startup called Field Trip is betting on a psychedelic gold rush building 75 clinics to administer ketamine treatments in the US. And might add psychedelics, like MDMA and psilocybin to the roster
Startup Stuff 🚀
🎾 Startup in the sport and/or health arena looking for a boost?
Techstars Melbourne’s SportsTech program is taking apps for their 2022 program
❓Keen to get expert advice on navigating SaMD regulation?
ANDHealth have free support available through their 1-1 office hours - Apple here
🔍 Need guidance on navigating clinical trials to verify your biz?
Cicada innovation’s Clinical Trials: Proving the viability of your idea helps run through the ins and outs of planning and executing ideas and clinical trials - Apply here
♿️ Seed or Series A startup building disability tech?
Verizon’s Forward for Good Accelerator program want to help unlock a world without limits. Startups will receive $50k, hands-on tech coaching, mentorship, and resources to help scale - More here
🌈 Got a wildly ambitious tech or science idea you want to take flight?
Blackbirds new “Wild Futures” program gives teams the opp to pitch and cultivate their most ambitious concepts ft expert guidance. You just need (at least) one student on the team to apply - More here
⚡️ Interested in getting expert insights into all things startups?
If you haven’t already - check out Sparkfest for insights, entertainment and practical workshops on everything imaginable across tech, startups, biz building and creativity
💻 Interested in learning computer science fundamentals?
Canva & OpenLearning Limited to launch CS101 by OpenLearning a new micro-credential enabling anyone to learn computer science from the ground up - More here
13th-28th Oct: Spark Festival
Thur 21st Oct: Meet The Investors: Bridging The Gender Gap in Access to Capital
Thur 21st Oct: Startup Team Speed-dating: Find a Team/Co-founder
Thur 21st Oct: Clubhouse Sessions - Ethics & AI in healthcare
25th-26th Oct: 2021 Australian Virtual Summit
25th-29th Oct: AusBiotech 2021 + Industry Excellence Awards
Tues 26th Oct: Startup Vic x Giant Leap: Impact Pitch Night
Wed 27th Oct: Life Sciences panel at Startup Ecosystem Acceleration in a Post-Covid World
4th-5th Nov: Chronic Disease Management Summit
Consumable Content 💎
🔈ListenABLE #1: Dylan Alcott - Disability Advocate
This interesting pod ft. a dynamic duo aims to challenge the way you think about disability and asks the questions you thought were off limit
👀 Always a hot topic… Airtree dishes the dirt on What investors look for in early-stage startup investments
📚 Ever wished there was somebody to create a handbook, a guideline that responds to the questions your patients have about digital health? The Medical Futurist team has created the Guide To Digital Health For Doctors
👩⚕️ For all those clinicians curious about digital health, check out Dabbling in Digital Health - a how-to guide for clinicians
📣 Chris Hogg writes on the go-to-market strategies for digital health companies and Why B2C2B will be the future go-to-market strategy for virtual care
Thoughts? Have I missed something or have something you want to share? Hit reply
Happy freedom frolicking