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#91: Seeds, bubbles, & unicorns
Now That's What I Call Healthtech. Feat. Biofourmis, the Metaverse, & Dane Bowers.
This week: April’s hottest seeds, Biofourmis worth at least $300m more than a pack of Wotsits, and sexy unicorns ruin advertising.
News Bites 🥪
🌱 April’s hottest seeds - Fintech is back on top, with healthtech second by £77m+. Still totalled €40m across 21 rounds, inc. Apryl, a Berlin-based fertility benefits platform who raised a €4.1m round. In April. Which is fitting.
💸 Biofourmis raise $300M Series D - Four rounds in and Pigeon still doesn’t really understand what Biofourmis does. But smarter people than Pigeon do, and that’s why they’re worth a few billion, and Pigeon’s net worth is a pack of Wotsits and some Rizzla we found in the gutter.
🦄 Building the next sextech unicorn - Clicking this link ruined my targeted advertising for a few days. You have been warned.
🛁 Is digital health a bubble? - This is the title of approximately 40 different poorly written articles. Fortunately, this Rock Health one is decent. Treat yourself.
🤝 Draft standards and interoperability strategy is published - A draft standards and interoperability strategy has been published with the aim of driving interoperability across the NHS and social care. Exciting? No. Important? Very.
🌎 The virtual reality of healthcare in the metaverse - Every time I type the word ‘Metaverse’ a little part of me dies internally, which means I’m approximately 4 issues of Pigeon away from death. Thanks, Zuck.
What to Listen to 🔊
🥼 #268 The Story of Amazon Web Services with Dr Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Machine Learning - You may have heard of Amazon, a plucky online book start up out of Washington, US. Pigeon expects big things from them one day. Like the fridge we ordered on Prime on Thursday that still isn’t here. It’s fine. I like my milk to be room temperature. It’s totally fine. Yum, hot yoghurt.
💊 A View On - Next Gen Targeted Cancer Treatments - An insider look at how promising treatments make it from development to commercialisation.
♀ Tech & Data Lead - Dama Health - Female reproductive health has been at the forefront of the news this week after the US made arguably the worst legal reversal they’ve ever made. Dama are on a mission to personalise female health. They were also founded by two former SomX content creators, which is why all their output looks so damn sharp.
🌟 SomX - Account Executive - We're looking for a grad looking to start their healthtech comms career! Big into Healthtech? Big into working alongside the greatest team since the 95-96 Chicago Bulls? Big into saying you’re “big into” stuff? Big. Get big into applying.
🎴 Product Clinical Lead, HealthTech - They're focussed on building AI and digital software to improve healthcare at scale. Deloitte-ful. Sorry.
🧭 NHS Navigator - I refuse to read the job spec on this one, and have decided to imagine NHS Navigators like the bus driver from Harry Potter, whizzing people between departments like exuberant porters.