#66 - Four point six billion. (Four. Point. Six. Billion.)
Healthcare news so simple a pigeon could read it. A pigeon with a solid 2:1 in English from a redbrick university.
This week: Apple hire, Google hiring, 9 figure raises, and the first interesting perspective on telehealth since Gordon Brown was in Number 10. No, seriously, someone’s managed an original thought on telehealth. I know. I know.
News Bites 🥪
💊 Healthtech startup Color raises $100M at a $4.6B valuation - Healthtech startup Color has raised $100 million in Series E funding, bringing the company’s valuation to $4.6 billion. This round means Color has now raised a total of $378 million, with this latest round specifically meant to help the company offer new programs that deliver the last mile of care across healthcare services.
💰Why we can't afford to pretend telehealth is digital health - Until this week, nobody had written anything remotely interesting about telehealth since 2014. Consider Pigeon’s thoughts provoked.
💉Closed Loop Medicine - Improving patient outcomes through personalised dosage Personalisation of therapies has become a major theme in healthcare, but largely focused on biologicals, not single molecule/generic compounds.
♾ Infinity for Elective? - With over 5.6 million patients currently waiting for care, and estimates suggesting this could reach as many as 13M before figures start to fall, elective recovery is now a pressing priority for the NHS.
🍎 Alex Gorsky joins Apple’s board of directors - Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Gorsky will bring decades of experience in corporate leadership and health technologies, and a long track record of leading innovative and diverse teams around the world.
🩸 Cell therapy startup bit.bio adds $100M+ to its coffers and some impressive names to its board of directors - Bit.bio CEO Mark Kotter says the last major revolution in biopharma occurred around the 1980s, when antibodies — or, as some called them, anticancer “magic bullets” — opened up the door for new therapies.
What to Listen to 🔊
#204 The Story of Bit.Bio with CEO Dr Mark Kotter - This week James is joined by Dr Mark Kotter, a stem cell biologist and neurosurgeon at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder and CEO of bit.bio, who have developed opti-ox, a benchmark technology for the efficient and consistent production of human cells for use in research, drug development, and cell therapy. He also founded cultured meat startup Meatable.
⚗️ #246 - BONUS - Quick tips with CEO Grace Gimson from Holly Health - CEO Grace Gimson of Holly Health shares her quick tips for healthtech entrepreneurs.
🇲🇹 Between Malta and UK: A Radiologists's View - A first appearance for Malta in the Pigeon, with this intriguing pod from Faces of Digital Health, comparing the NHS to Malta’s own healthcare system.
⏩ Executive Director Digital Strategy (CDO) Digital Health and Care Wales are after an individual to be responsible for developing, defining, and implementing the digital strategy as set by Welsh Government and NHS Wales. Hell of a role, that.
🩺 Clinical Specialist, Clinical, Google Health - Fancy developing intelligent and intuitive tools that help improve health journeys for users? Google’s after you.
👂 FP&A Manager - Raise incoming? Visionable are looking for an FP&A who is a “flexible and adaptable individual who thrives in a fast and demanding environment with the ability to manage and prioritise workload and achieve effective results”. So a gymnast with a To Do List.
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