#77: $30M down the loo? 🚽
Don’t get in a flap, here’s your weekly healthtech news wrapped!
Casana makes a splash with smart toilet seats, mental health support line in hot water for sharing sensitive data with for-profit company, Altos Labs does NOT plan on cheating death, Uber Health hires first CMO (medical not marketing) and it’s time to spice up your LinkedIn profile.
News Bites 🥪
🚕 Uber Health taps first Chief Medical Officer - Remember when Uber’s slogan was “Everyone’s private drivers”? Dr Michael Cantor seems a bit overqualified to be picking up drunk people in a Toyota Prius.
💰 Altos Labs insists its mission is to improve lives not cheat death - With more funding than any biotech start-up ever ($3 billion!) and investors including Jeff Bezos and Nobel Prize winners on their board, the biological reprogramming tech company insists they’re not trying to cheating death. No smoke without fire…
🚽 30 million reasons to sit down when using the toilet - Health monitoring startup, Casana has secured funds to take its heart-scanning smart toilet seats to the next level.
☎️ Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff - Crisis Text Line, a mental health support line, has been collecting information from people in their darkest moments to improve the customer service AI sold by the organisation’s spin-off.
🇦🇪 Arab Health 2022: 10 announcements you need to know about - Yep, we couldn’t make it over to Dubai either but the annual healthcare conference offered up numerous announcements including the launch of the world’s first healthcare metaverse platform! (While the Romans considered us Pigeons as symbols of peace, in Dubai, we’re apparently seen as rats with wings!)
📈 Raising the standard of health and wellness apps - In the latest issue of Lancet Digital Health, 40 international experts in tech and dementia (including our friend and first author, Dr David Neal) share their concerns regarding the latest framework for quality assessment and labelling of health apps, the ISO quality standards.
🎨 Give your LinkedIn a fresh coat of paint - If you’re at a healthtech company and want your LinkedIn to stand out, be more like Jordan Scales!
What to Listen to 🔊
💪 The Women in HealthTech Show: Tara Donnelly (NHSX) - In this episode, Catherine Davies speaks with Tara Donnelly, Chief Digital Officer of NHSX. Tara is an experienced CEO and Director with a rich history of working in healthcare, the voluntary sector and think tanks. Tara talks about her career in NHS management before moving into digital, the exciting changes that tech is bringing to home care through virtual wards and Tara’s tips for introducing your technology to the NHS.
🩺 Clinical Operations Associate - Thriva, rated as the best preventative healthtech startup on TrustPilot, is looking for a doctor to join their clinical team to deliver outstanding service to customers.
Industry experts (pharmaceutical and life sciences) - SomX are looking for individuals working in pharma and life sciences companies with experience and interest in digital health to join us for a number of thought leadership and advisory opportunities. For more information and to register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org - must be working in pharma / life sciences!