#101: Two sides to every correction 🪙
The one minute healthtech roundup. Now also in 30 minute podcast flavour.
This week: Flesh penetrating waves and NHS staff given a pay rise. No. Sorry. Pigeon’s misread that. NHS staff given a share of a £312 medal 🤔
News Bites 🥪
🔊 How flesh penetrating sound waves could 3D print implants directly inside you - The latest instalment in a nascent feature entitled “Healthtech company or Sci Fi horror movie?” This one’s a healthtech company.
👂Oto raises £2.8m to digitally support the 1 in 7 people living with tinnitus - Y combinator tinnitus company Oto have raised a £2.8 million seed. Led by Octopus Ventures, and supported by a veritable who’s who of VCs, including Goodwater Capital, Y Combinator, Calm Storm Ventures and Bethnal Green Ventures.
✂️ UK health app Babylon plans job cuts in bid to slash costs - Cuts part of a plan to reduce costs by as much as $100 million. Clinical safety and compliance teams affected, sources say.
🧪 Merck launches healthcare startup incubator for AI developers - Merck is taking applications for a new biotech accelerator program for startups with a focus on AI and machine learning.
⚖️ H1 2022 digital health funding: Two sides to every correction - Short story. H1 (the first half of the year) = bad. 2021 was an anomaly. Still growing on 2019 & 2020 figures. So stay calm.
🙄 NHS staff honoured with George Cross presentation - That’ll help. The George Cross weighs approximately 600g. Silver is £0.52 a gram*. Melted down that’s £312 / 1.5m NHS staff, or £0.00021 each. After a decade of real-term pay cuts. Don’t spend it all at once.
What to Listen to 🔊
💭 How the public thinks about health, and why it matters - Pigeon
fanboys fangirls fanpigeons The Health Foundation’s white papers, hard. Their latest podcast is also excellent.
📍Rapid regulatory approvals for digital therapeutics - Lindus have pulled together an all-star cast for their latest DTx webinar. Jason Brooke, Acacia Parks, and Athena Robinson, join Paul Wicks to talk all things DTx. Brooke. Parks. Robinson. Wickes. It’s like a DTx Oceans 11. But with 4. Oceans 4.
👂 Founders Keepers #08 Jessica Smith - Jessica Smith is the co-founder and CXO of SomX (it’s us!). Delight your ears with stories about the founding of SomX, defining your healthtech company’s values and how to build culture with a 100% remote team.
… and finally…. the Healthtech Pigeon podcast is now on Apple Podcasts too.
🥞 Full-Stack Software Engineer, Mytos - Y Combinator backed Mytos are building infrastructure for cell manufacturing. They’re after a Full-stack engineer. Is your stack full? If it is, you’re eligible. If your stack is not full, you are not eligible. Glad we cleared that up.
💼 Vice President of Data, QuitGenius - That’s a cool job title. If you get the role, don’t ruin it by calling yourself “VeePee Data”. That makes you sound like you watch too much HBO, wear Birkenstocks, and have a membership to Shoreditch House.
*Correct at time of writing. Does silver fluctuate much? Get in touch.** It’s also not solid silver apparently. So that’s fun.
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