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#102: Part-man, part-building 🏢
The one-minute healthtech roundup. Now, avec un petit podcast. Délicieux.
This week: Overstuffed olive slims down, uplifting ALS breakthrough, and meet Fred Hutchinson, part-man, part-building.
News Bites 🥪
Telehealth giant Kry raises $160m in series D follow-on (£) - 19th May 22, Kry lays off 10% of staff. 21st July, 2022, Kry raises $160m. The Swedish giants deciding there’s little point kry-ing over spilt milk, and cracking on with a follow-on.
💉 Amazon partners with Fred Hutchinson on cancer vaccine - Fred Hutchinson is a cancer centre in Seattle, not just some bloke. Well. He was some bloke at one point, but now he’s a cancer centre. Glad we’ve not cleared that up in the slightest for you.
🫒 Olive cuts 450 staff as CEO cites 'missteps' with fast growth, lack of focus - A unicorn kalamata-y.* Serious note: some great, experienced, staff at Olive who would make excellent additions to many teams.
🖍 Bias in AI: It's a matter of time - David Newey, deputy CIO at The Royal Marsden, explores temporal bias in healthtech AI.
🧠 Brain-computer interface startup implants first device in US patient (£) - Allows ALS patients to text by thinking. This is genuinely incredible, uplifting news.
📱Healthy.io receives FDA clearance for smartphone-based home kidney test - The diversity of Healthy.io’s products is great - urinalysis and wound-care. They’ve now got FDA 510(k) clearance for their pee-in-a-pot kidney test. Do try not to get their product offerings confused, unless your wound is jellyfish inflicted.
What to Listen to 🔊
💽 Making health care approachable: Dr. Geeta Nayyar, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce - Will making health information more approachable and easy to understand improve patient outcomes? Yes. Succinct, data-focused, approach.
👓 Senior Computer Vision Engineer, Scalpel - Medical errors are the third leading cause of death, the majority of them occur during surgery. Scalpel is fixing that. Fix it with them.
☑ Head of Design, DrDoctor - DrDoctor turned 10 this week, and like all 10-year-olds they celebrated by
buying a micro-scooter and watching back-to-back episodes of Hey Arnold! having a party. Want to bring your design skills to the DrDoctor party? Yes, that is a tenuous link. No, I’m not going to delete it.
*Like calamity. But the type of olive, kalamata. This is the Waitrose of newsletters. Jokes work best when you have to explain them.