#117: Pumpkin-spiced pathways 🧋
The one-minute healthtech roundup. Approximately the length of time it might take a former Health Secretary to eat a kangaroo's anus.*
This week: The metaverse and patient care, AI training for NHS staff, and investors not yet willing to splash the cash.
News Bites 🥪
📉 Biotech IPOs are strange, even in a down market - Unlike most sectors, biotechs making their public debuts rarely have a product to sell.
🗻 Investors are sitting on mountains of cash: Where will it be deployed? - Pigeon’s put a tenner on the answer being “into companies” at some point. But when?
📹 YouTube will let doctors and nurses apply to be labelled as reliable - Foolproof. Watertight. Infallible. All adjectives this plan ain’t. Validation is good but is this open to abuse?
🏋️♂️ NHS report calls for artificial intelligence training for all staff - NHS AI lab report advises that staff working with AI in clinical practice should receive specialist training.
🦵The metaverse & patient care: What should we actually expect? - Given the hullabaloo about the metaverse introducing legs last month, Pigeon expects the answer to this question is “not a lot”.
☢️ The top 3 cyberthreats facing healthcare organisations today - Pigeon doesn’t have to worry about cybersecurity anymore as I’ve just wired 60k in exchange for 40bn in Bitcoin and will be retiring as soon as it lands in my account.
👀 Eye health self-monitoring app raises £2m - Bristol-based OKKO health has raised £2m in pre-seed to bring eye health to your phone, just as soon as they’ve brought it to the phones of people in Germany, which is what this round is for. Could that sentence have been better constructed? Yes. Am I working to a deadline? Also yes.
What to listen to 🔊
🔊#279 Selling to the NHS, with SomX Associate Director, Henry Stoneley - Village missing its idiot as Henry Stoneley escapes the South West to talk to James about selling to the NHS.**
⌨️ EP030: A Day with a Dev, with Julio Isoba Blanco, What the Healthtech - What do healthtech devs do all day? Not this.
🧋#117: Pumpkin-spiced pathway - News, views, questionable puns.
🌰 Acorn Office Hours - Join Acorn on the second Thursday of every month at noon London time for a DTAC Drop-in Clinic. Going through DTAC? Want advice from the experts? Swing on by the Acorn Office (virtually) for more advice than you can shake a DTAC stick at.
🌞 Med Tech World Summit 2022 - 16 - 18th November. You may have noticed it’s recently got cold and dark. You know where’s not cold and dark? Malta. “But how am I going to convince everyone I need to go to Malta?” I hear you cry. By turning it into a work event. Join the SomX/Healthtech Pigeon crew at The Med-Tech World Summit 2022 in Malta, with talks and panels from some of the biggest names in healthtech.
⭐️ Female founders breakfast, Health Foundry - 15th November. Like breakfast? Female? Founder? What’s stopping you?
🎉 Discovery Park 10th anniversary celebration Attend the Biotech Unplugged: From Cell to Software session at Discovery Park’s 10 year anniversary, with Google and Pfizer.
♾ Sales Operations Executive, Lottie - Salary range on the job description? Salary around or above market rate? Concise job description? Single-line descriptions of what the company does? Inject it directly into my veins, Lottie. Straight. Into. My. Veins.
🧑🦳 Chief Commercial Officer, Doccla - Great A round in September. The ‘la’ makes it impossible not to use a Scouse accent when reading it allowed.
♀Genetics Project Manager, Dama Health - Dama Health is on a mission to personalise female health, starting with contraception. Get your applying genes on. Get it? It’s a homonym of jeans. And you might have special trousers for applying for stuff in.
*When Pigeon was a boy it had but one dream. To get the phrase “kangaroo’s anus” into a healthtech newsletter. Others said it was impossible, but thanks to Matt Hancock, that dream has become a reality.
**I checked he was happy with this description before using it. He is I. I is he. I was happy with it.