Digital Health is Underfunded

Overall venture capital funding made a sharp decline in the last two quarters amid worries (justifiable or not) of a bear market and a funding bubble in technology investments. In contrast to the tech market, however, digital health funding continues to grow at a record pace. According to Rock Health, $4.5B was invested in digital health in 2015 (an increase from $4.3B from 2014) and … Continue reading Digital Health is Underfunded

The Billionaire Doctor Who Plans to Cure Cancer

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to billionaire surgeon-inventor Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong about his plans, both private and through the Cancer Moonshot 2020, to cure cancer. Soon-Shiong, who made his fortune by founding and selling two pharmaceutical companies, has gathered a group of pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and insurers to spur cancer research and to attempt to make breakthrough gains by the year 2020. This effort … Continue reading The Billionaire Doctor Who Plans to Cure Cancer

Featured Startup: Blondin Bioscience

Cancer treatment is a frustrating waiting game at the present time.  Patients with solid tumors often undergo brutal chemotherapy cycles for weeks to months before they can get an idea (through radiologic examination) of whether their therapy has been working to shrink their tumor.  At times, the studies show the therapy is working , but at other times, the studies may show that in fact, treatment … Continue reading Featured Startup: Blondin Bioscience

It’s Time For ‘Gender Lens Investing’ in Healthcare

Today I had the opportunity to speak very briefly at a White House-sponsored roundtable called the “Impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies (iGIANT)” in Cambridge, MA.  Other partners for this event were the American Medical Women’s Association, Boston Scientific, and Medstro.  This is what I shared. What I’ve found while working in the digital health space is that there is a significant lack … Continue reading It’s Time For ‘Gender Lens Investing’ in Healthcare

GV’s Approach to Healthcare Investing: An Interview with Dr. Krishna Yeshwant

Please note:  This article was originally published on TechCrunch.com. Healthcare investments — in particular, investments in digital health — are booming, and don’t seem to be slowing down. According to CB Insights, digital health funding hit nearly $5.8 billion in venture funding last year, surpassing the previous record of $4.3 billion in 2014. One of the top venture firms, GV (previously known as Google Ventures), … Continue reading GV’s Approach to Healthcare Investing: An Interview with Dr. Krishna Yeshwant

Walgreens: Investing in the Power of the Patient

Thanks in part to Affordable Care Act reforms and the rise of digital health, patients now have more skin in the game, more health care tools at their disposal, and more information than ever before to take charge of their own health. Dr. Harry Leider, CMO and Group VP of Walgreens, speaking on a panel at last week’s Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston, said … Continue reading Walgreens: Investing in the Power of the Patient

Investing in Problem-Solving, Not Product: PureTech’s “Proactive” Approach

Step into the sixth floor offices of PureTech Health in downtown Boston and you may feel that you’ve dropped into a rabbit hole and right into a lush wonderland of wall-to-wall greenery. It’s a surprising interior for the otherwise nondescript office building on the heavily trafficked Boylston Street. But the unique décor might provide a clue about how this innovative company, run by CEO Daphne … Continue reading Investing in Problem-Solving, Not Product: PureTech’s “Proactive” Approach