News 4/19/16


Proteus Digital Health raises an additional $50 million in Series H financing. Digital Medicine offerings, such as Proteus Discover, consist of a sensor-enabled pill, a small wearable patch, and applications that can be accessed via mobile devices and other computers by patients and healthcare providers. Proteus Discover directly measures medication-taking and physiologic metrics to support patient self-management and to help physicians and care teams optimize therapy.


Illumina invests $100 million in a new venture capital firm that will focus on unlocking the power of the genome. It will pursue investments in early stage companies that are pioneering new applications of nucleic acid sequencing, developing products that will expand the genomics ecosystem, and utilizing genomics to improve human health.


The State of Vermont announces the adoption of PatientPing across in-state health care providers. PatientPing notifies providers instantly when a patient is receiving care anywhere, inside or outside of their facility or health system. It facilitates collaboration with providers across the continuum of care to ensure the best health outcomes for patients. PatientPing is a Boston-based startup that raised $9.6 million in a venture round led by Google Ventures and Fidelity Investments in November, 2015.


Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd. announces the development of a portable breath sensor device that can extract and quickly measure the concentration of only specified gas components that are included in low concentrations in people’s breath. These gasses are suggested to be correlated with lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. By applying this technology, Fujitsu Laboratories was the first to succeed in an experiment that detected nonanal, which is a candidate biomarker for lung cancer.


President Obama hosts the sixth White House Science Fair. I am always impressed with what young people can do when they are motivated and unaware of limits. Some examples of health-focused projects:

  • Two Minnesotan teens built an app called “Mayo Free Time” for patients at the Mayo Clinic. It helps patients locate hospital activities to fill their free time between appointments and treatments. The Mayo Clinic is interested in developing the app.
  • A 17 year-old girl uses a low-cost microcontroller, software freely available on the internet, and a smartphone to create a tool that allows people with lung diseases to diagnose and monitor their own symptoms.
  • A 15 year-old girl created a wristband to motivate stroke patients to do their rehabilitation exercises.

Others include a new approach to transporting vaccines, research on low-dose radiation, research on early cancer detection, kidney failure prevention, 3D-printed prosthetics, and a new test for Ebola.

Avitar for Connect

↑ Back to top

Founding Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors