Rock Weekly: Google acquires Rock Health company in biotech push

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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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Headlines

Can The World’s Richest Doctor Fix Healthcare?
Forbes

Healthcare Spending Picks Up
The Wall Street Journal

When Scientists Give Up
NPR

The “Pay Less, Get More” Era Of Healthcare
Vox

How Data Miners Know You Have Diabetes Before You Do
Bloomberg

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not
The New York Times

How Hospitals Are Becoming Safer For Children
The Atlantic

A Wearable Robot Suit That Powers Your Steps
Fast Company

Employer-Sponsored Family Health Premiums Rise 3%
Health Affairs

Cognizant To Buy Healthcare IT Company TriZetto For $2.7B
Bloomberg

Rock Health In The News

Google Buys Lift Labs In Further Biotech Push
The New York Times

Doctors, Healthcare Professionals Want More From Apple Watch
Reuters

Entrepreneurs Rush To Healthcare, But Will Human Touch Be Missing?
Modern Healthcare

Funding

 

Company Amt Investors Source
Livongo Health $10M General Catalyst Partners TechCrunch
iSpecimen $8M Undisclosed Boston Business Journal
Keas $7.4M Atlantic Ventures, Ignition Partners MobiHealthNews
Lumiata $6M Sandbox Industries, Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners MarketWatch
6SensorLabs $4M Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, Lemnos Labs, SK Ventures, Xandex Investments LLP TechCrunch
Senscio Systems $1.5M eCoast Angels, Walnut Venture Associates, Golden Seeds, Northeast Angels Worcestor Business Journal

 
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