Health IQ raises $34.6 million for life insurance for healthy people

 People who work out and eat healthily shouldn’t have to pay as much for life insurance. That’s the concept behind Health IQ, a startup that’s been making headways in the “insureTech” category. Venture capitalists have been betting that insurance is ready for change and Health IQ has convinced investors to put another $34.6 million in the startup for its Series C. Read More

uBiome launches an at-home women’s health test for HPV, STI’s and bacterial vaginosis

 SmartJane is a new women’s health test out from uBiome today that promises to check for 23 vaginal flora as well as 11 strains of the human papilloma virus and a string of sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia and gonorrhea from the comfort of your own home. uBiome, which launched in 2012 to sequence and study the human microbiome, is best known for its at-home gut health test… Read More

Thrive Capital leads healthtech startup Welkin Health’s $8 million Series A

 Digital patient relationship platform Welkin Health has landed $8 million in Series A financing, led by Josh Kushner’s Thrive Capital. This now brings the total in the VC piggy bank to $12 million for the company. Welkin launched in 2013 as a digital monitoring system for diabetics. It joined Rock Health in 2014 to create a disease management platform with robotic coaching tools. Read More

The government is handing out 10,000 Fitbits to research precision medicine

 In his 2015 State of the Union, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative — a massive research project designed to gain more insight into how we live with and treat various diseases. Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) changed the initiative’s name to the warmer, fuzzier, All of Us, and opened enrollment in hopes of achieving its goal of gaining… Read More

Evolve Foundation launches a $100 million fund to find startups working to relieve human suffering

 It seems there’s nothing but bad news out there lately, but here’s some good news — the nonprofit Evolve Foundation has raised $100 million for a new fund called the Conscious Accelerator to combat loneliness, purposelessness, fear and anger spreading throughout the world though technology. Co-founder of Matrix Partners China Bo Shao will lead the fund and will be looking… Read More