#80: Drop it like it's hot🔥
Not even Storm Eunice (and her gusty 100mph winds) can stop this messenger pigeon from delivering healthtech news.
This week: A cautionary tale of what happens when the companies behind cutting-edge technology run out of steam or when providers attempt to operate outside of the law.
News Bites 🥪
💊 Snoop Dogg’s VC firm drops $15M on ‘Amazon’ of cannabis - German startup, Cansativa, which supplies German pharmacies with cannabis, hopes to score big with potential future Government legalisation plans.
👁 Dim prospects for bionic eyes - Blind people with Second Sight’s implants in their eyes find themselves in a world in which the tech that transformed their lives becomes just another obsolete gadget, as the firm goes bust. One broken wire and they lose their artificial vision, possibly forever.
❌ Slap on the wrist for online prescription service - Stockport-based company that "exposed patients to a significant risk of harm" by providing medical services without being appropriately registered fined by Care Quality Commission (CQC). Does a measly penalty of £13,670 even count as a fine?
⌚️ Researchers create a smartwatch that detects drug cravings - And you thought the ECG function on the Apple Watch was clever! This watch helps users manage their drug cravings, preventing relapse and reducing the risk of a fatal overdose.
Lab-designed “fish” could pave the way for artificial hearts - How do you turn a fish into a heart? Beats me (pun intended). Ask the clever clogs at Harvard University.
What to Listen to 🔊
🤔 Launching healthtech innovations in the 'new normal' - Natalie Yeadon from Impetus Digital, Aahuti Rai from Four Points Consulting Ltd and Jessica Smith from SomX talk about healthtech in the post(?!)-COVID world. (Literally) Everything from barriers to commercialisation and success to reimagining health technology assessment and the future of the industry…
🤖 #210 The Healthtech Podcast - The Story of Ada - Throwback to an episode from last year with Dr Shubs Upadhyay, Director of Medical Quality at Ada. He’s looking for enthusiastic doctors to join his team, details below.👇
💯 Medical Quality Specialist Enterprise - Digital health giant, Ada, are looking for clinicians for a unique role that proactively considers medical quality. (Proactive healthcare, who would have thought the day would come?) Working with quality engineers, client success and product teams, you’ll have a direct impact on the success of product deployments. The cherry on the cake, you can work remotely!
🧠 UK Medical Director - Digital mental health company, Koa Health is recruiting for a talented clinician to support them on their mission of bringing high-quality mental healthcare to people around the world.