#32 🍩 What the Health - Open source research for all of Aus(?), WTH Community Launch & Amazon's next crack...
Your fortnightly healthtech TL;DR roundup
Happy Friday friends, There’s s now an incredible 3451 of you!! Wild 💜
Last week we OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED OUR EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITY 🎉 😊 🙌 Ft 80 epic legends in our OG crew. Beyond amazed and grateful for the great humans and expertise in this group.
For those who need a refresher on what on earth the community is, here are the deets.
It was pretty darn… not shit (I think?). Ok, fine… it was epic.
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Now onto the good stuff… minus the fluff…
📣 Event Feature
🎶 #shareasong Launch Event 2022
Music Health is hosting an epic panel and networking sesh ft. beloved singer Missy Higgins to launch their #shareasong campaign - highlighting music's powerful impact on healthcare, with a focus on dementia
📍 Tues Nov 22nd, 5pm
👉Get your free tickets here
🫀Vexev, the Medtech building the next generation of non-invasive vascular imaging celebrated $8.5m to ramp up the global expansion of its 3D medical imaging device
👂Kara Technologies, a Kiwi startup helping make sign language more accessible in the media for deaf people ft epic new advanced avatars closed NZ$1.3m
🦠 EnGeneIC, the biotech that created new ways of delivering cancer drugs that are more potent, and less toxic via vectors is raising a $20m bridge to get it through to a NASDAQ IPO next year
📱Kindship, the first Aussie social network app for parents raising children with a disability closed $1m through their crowdfunding campaign
💉Veintech, who are out to make vascular procedures easier ft. imaging snagged $1.5m
17 other orgs also snagged upto $500k each from WA’s Innovation Seed Fund 2022, designed to provide WA health and medical innovators the opp to be more competitive, secure follow-on funding and developing into sustainable businesses
💦 WearOptimo, the QLD company en route to enable easy non-invasive dehydration detection via a tiny wearable patch bagged $5m and enters clinical trials
Holon IQ also made a cute map of 100 companies
💰 Aus’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has a plan she’s going to pitch to the gov to make free research access for all. And reckons it can help with economic and social issues
🤦🏼♀️ The report commissioned by the Department of Health and Aged Care found no evidence to justify the claim $8bn of Medicare funding is being lost annually through fraud and waste. So glad we all wasted time and energy slandering our GPs… 🙃
🚨Cybersecurity woes get worse with hackers blackmailing Medibank and releasing data to the dark web
🧠 Medibank is rumoured to be taking a gander at mental health biz Aurora Healthcare
📣 ANDHealth announced its latest cohort for ANDHealth+. Congrats…
😓Aussie pain assessment app PainChek is entering the EMR market through an integration with InterSystems’ IRIS
🤝Hayylo and Umps formed an epic partnership to help care providers transition to the new Support at Home reforms - and just be better
🤖 The Digital Health CRC is collabing with PeterMac Cancer Centre to use Max Kelsen's AI-based data information platform to aggregate its crazy big datasets. And hopefully - help support R&D and innovation to support clinician decision-making and ultimately improve patient outcomes
💩 BiomeBank announced its world-first TGA regulatory approval for its donor-derived, microbiome-based drug product BIOMICTRA, which restores gut microbiota in the treatment of C. difficile infections
🔬 Cicada Innovation is coming to Melbourne! With CSL and Uni Melb announcing them the operator to manage a new start-up incubator supporting early-stage biotech companies
☀️ Advance QLD announced their backing Female Founders program with the aim to back and grow QLD Innovation businesses founded by women
🏋️♂️Vitruvian made it into Time Magazine’ss Best innovations of 2022
💊 NSW Pharmacists are set to prescribe medications, such as contraceptives and antibiotics for uncomplicated conditions under a new system shake-up - and hopefully unblock a heap of potential and backlog
📜The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) released its Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities for 2022-24 ft retros and implementation plans
🏞️ Perth is investing $4m to create a nature playground and a natural learning precinct next to Perth Children’s Hospital
🏥 Westmead opened stage 1 of its epic new Innovation Quarter
🖥️ QLD launched the QDHeC (Queensland Digital Health Centre) to “generate new research and innovation and speed up translation into improved digital healthcare”
US & Beyond the Borders
👩⚕️ Amazon launched its newest healthcare foray, Amazon Clinic - a virtual health service that delivers convenient, affordable care for common conditions through a marketplace-style approach
✅ AWS launched yet another global accelerator… with a focus on driving new digital solutions for the global healthcare workforce
🌍 Google Cloud announced 3 new Healthcare Data Engine (HDE) accelerators—to address common use cases around health equity, patient flow, and value-based care
🎶 Spotify founder, Daniel Ek, supposedly has a secret healthtech startup set to shake up preventative health
🎮 DeepWell DTx is on a mission to get you games prescribed, with its in-house therapeutic games studio
🤑 Johnson & Johnson is buying heart pump maker Abiomed for a whopping US$16.6bn
🧠 Cerebral, once the fastest-growing provider of online mental healthcare, is facing a little controversy as claims say ill-equipped to treat those who didn’t disclose substance-use disorders - leading to deaths and overdoses
🎨 Roche introduced “navify” to the world, its new brand for digital health solutions
👎Researchers have long been made to get by on peanuts, but the new data on the scandal of researchers paid less than a living wage is starting to get seriously concerning… and putting science at risk
Startup Stuff 🚀
Startup innovating for our aging population?
AWS launched a new Healthcare Accelerator in Australia and New Zealand focused on Aged Care - check it out here
Founder at the Pre-Series A to Series B Stage and looking to level up?
KPMG’s epic Upside program helps you get the best out of you, your team and your business with a killer program, mentors and advisors to help you be your best self - Apply for 2023 cohort here
Digital health company and want 1:1 Advice with a world-leading digital health expert?
ANDHealth, via the Connected Health Innovation & Commercialisation Centre, is offering Vic Companies 1-1 Office Hours sessions with Lisa Suennen, a US Digital Health expert and Venture Partner - More info & Register here
Looking for sources of funding?
Check out startup-funding.com.au for a list of epic Aussie funding options
Women Founder? Or got an idea you want to get going?
Apply for the Girls in Tech Startup Challenge 2022 - a global pitch comp ft. cash prizes to help grow and launch the business, exposure to the VC community and mentoring - More here
Keen to nab a Uni partnership? The CSIRO now has a free tool to help
The CSIRO launched a free online tool preparing SMEs for partnerships with unis and research institutes, helping founders navigate what can be a highly complex and time-consuming process - Check it out here
Tues 22nd Nov: Startupbootcamp’s Angelsbootcamp
Thus 24th Nov: Recognising our most outstanding startups, founders and mentors
Thu 24th Nov: Talking Healthtech Spring Summit
Wed 30th Nov: The Digital Health Problem Pitchathon
Tues Dec 6th: ANDHealth Digital Health Summit: The Awakening Giant
7th – 8th Dec: Victorian Healthcare Week Expo
Thurs 8th Dec: Due Diligence in Digital Health with Lisa Suennen | Investor Masterclass
Mon 12th Dec: Female Investors Unfiltered: An Anything Goes Fireside Chat
Mon 12th Dec: CHICC Expert Workshop Series: Creating Value, Becoming Investable & Surviving Due Diligence, with Lisa Suennen
Wed 14th Dec: AusBiotech and BioMelbourne Network VIC End-of-Year Function 2022
Consumable Content 💎
🎙️The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett #189 Whoop Founder: How I Built A $3.6 BILLION Company & BEAT Apple! Will Ahmed
📚a16z reckons the biggest company in the world will be a consumer health tech company… What have we been telling you 😉
🦋 Brandon Capital’s Christina Kulis has a great piece on Taking the leap: transitioning from academia to industry - and how you can navigate the crazy journey, challenges and opportunities
💡 Franklin.ai wrote about how to get a job at a healthtech startup
👇 You should read this if you are a founder, CEO or manager…
ICYMI - Magda’s Big Health Check on ABC is 🔥
Did you know snacking was invented as a marketing ploy by big companies? Ah god bless consumer culture
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