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Rock Weekly: Google acquires Rock Health company in biotech push

| September 15, 2014|Tags:


September 15, 2014

The US may have entered a new, “pay less, get more” era of healthcare—but don’t start the party just yet. The Apple Watch didn’t wow the health industry, and the US seems to be losing its scientific momentum. At least neurodegenerative science projects are getting a special boost—from Google. Calico just teamed up with UT Southwestern to develop treatments for Parkinson’s and ALS, and Google[x] acquired Rock Health portfolio company Lift Labs to give people with tremor the ability to eat again.

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Rock Weekly: Apple announces its comprehensive health and fitness device

| September 09, 2014|Tags:

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The veil was finally lifted on the two most top-secret (and divergent) projects in digital health. Today, Apple revealed its long-rumored smart watch, the Apple Watch, “a comprehensive health and fitness device” to track physical activity and heart rate, and motivate you to reach daily goals—in addition to an improved motion chip, the M8, to better track activity on the iPhone. Elsewhere on the peninsula, the illusive Calico announced a $1.5B R&D center to house their death-fighting campaign.

If that isn’t enough excitement for you, our portfolio company Wellframe just raised $8.5M to improve patient-provider relationships with its artificial intelligence platform. Congrats, team!


Rock Weekly: Inside Apple’s big announcement next week

| September 02, 2014|Tags:

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September 2, 2014

Apple has everyone excited over its suspected unveiling of a health device next week—a supposed $400 wearable that likely won’t ship till 2015. No rush: Gartner says mobile health still needs another 5-10 years before reaching its “plateau of productivity” and widespread market adoption.

It’s the final days for SXSW panel voting—but we’ve got you covered. Here are the five panels you need to vote for to give SXSW the dose of digital health it deserves.

Rock Weekly: “The FDA is no longer the primary authority on innovation”

| August 25, 2014|Tags:

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San Francisco was rattled last week, and not just by the earthquake. At our packed Health Innovation Summit, Genentech CEO Ian Clark declared its intentions with digital health, the inventor of the Google contact lens dished about his move to Amazon, and Vivek Wadhwa proclaimed that the FDA is no longer the primary authority on innovation. It’s no surprise that Todd Park wants back in on the action in Silicon Valley, stepping down as US CTO—and bringing the White House with him.

Rock Weekly: Introducing the newest Rock Health companies

| August 18, 2014|Tags:

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August 18, 2014

We’ve seen a lot this year, including the continued obscurity of digital health regulations, a giant stamp of approval for telemedicine, and the continued rise of obesity and chronic disease.

We’re excited to announce the latest additions to the Rock Health portfolio which are tackling these very problems. And to make our startup support even better, we’re also announcing three new corporate partners. Without further ado, meet the new Rock Health additions.

Rock Weekly: Doc in a box

| August 11, 2014|Tags:

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August 11, 2014

Thanks to not one, not two, but three separate portfolio companies raking in $28.5M last week, Rock Health startups have now raised a whopping $192M.

Among them is a brand new addition to the Rock Health portfolio, TelePharm, an app that allows pharmacists and patients to connect online, anytime, anywhere. They also just closed a $2.5M Series A. Welcome to the family!

Pop quiz, hotshot! What’s your digital health IQ?


Rock Weekly: Do health apps need government oversight?

| August 04, 2014|Tags:

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August 4, 2014

Since you’re a Rock Weekly subscriber, you’re likely all too familiar with that five letter acronym, HIPAA. Today we’re announcing two new portfolio companies that make HIPAA compliance easy-peezy. Learn more about Accountable and Aptible here.

Also, today we are proud to announce that portfolio company Kurbo Health picked up $5.8M and launched its mobile app to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

Rock Weekly: A desperate town hands over its DNA

| July 28, 2014|Tags:

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July 28, 2014

As if the government’s complete lack of decisiveness over the legality of Obamacare subsidies wasn’t enough, Google also seems to be doing some flip flopping of their own. It looks like they’re super into health after all, embarking on an ambitious and aptly named science project, Baseline, in an attempt to define the health of the human body. The search titan already knows everything about your movie habits, wish lists, and pregnancy status, and the FTC doesn’t want them (or anyone else) gathering your health data. (Unfortunately, it’s too late for this town.)

Rock Weekly: Apple makes its next big move in health

| July 21, 2014|Tags:


July 21, 2014

The tech giants know they can’t do it alone. Last week we learned Google is joining forces with Novartis for a glucose sensing contact lens, and that Apple will pair up with IBM on “a radical step for enterprise”. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced they will be laying off 18,000 people.

Speaking of tech workers, our portfolio company Studio Dental—the first dental office on wheels that visits you at work—is now live in San Francisco. Have you made your appointment yet?

Rock Weekly: Obamacare is working (but possibly illegal)

| July 14, 2014|Tags:

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July 14, 2014

Word is out that Obamacare is working. The newly insured are pretty darn satisfied with their new plans and the uninsured rate just plummeted to the lowest levels in recorded history. While everyone else danced around the maypole, Speaker Boehner slapped a lawsuit on the President for, get this: postponing the employer mandate—and stepping on Congress’s toes, among other things.

The best event in digital health is fast approaching. Join us for Health Innovation Summit on August 21-22 to hear from health and technology luminaries, meet your future investors, and see the latest digital health products over drinks. Get your ticket.