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StartUp Health NOW celebrates the innovators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs who are reimagining health and wellness.

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StartUp Health NOW celebrates the innovators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs who are reimagining health and wellness.

    Virtual Reality for Brain Health: Virtuleap’s New Platform Uses VR to Detect Cognitive Decline Early

    Virtual Reality for Brain Health: Virtuleap’s New Platform Uses VR to Detect Cognitive Decline Early

    Our StartUp Health NOW guest this week is Amir Bozorgzadeh, CEO and Co-founder of Virtuleap, a brain health company that joined StartUp Health in 2019.

    Headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, and expanding to Barcelona, Spain, Virtuleap improves brain health with VR. In this chat, Amir will walk us through their new platform – Cogniclear VR – that combines neuroscience with virtual reality games and activities to detect cognitive disorders. He’ll explain how VR can play an important role in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementias, why VR needs to be applied with care in health, and where virtual reality is going next.



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    Innovators: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 23 min
    How GO-Pen’s “Insulin Pen for All” Is Making High-Quality T1D Care Globally Accessible

    How GO-Pen’s “Insulin Pen for All” Is Making High-Quality T1D Care Globally Accessible

    Our StartUp Health NOW guest this week is Ole Kjerkegaard Nielsen, PhD, CEO & Co-founder of GO-Pen, a company in our Type 1 Diabetes Moonshot community.

    As you'll hear, Nielsen and his team based in Denmark have built a new kind of insulin pen, one that is affordable and accessible to all while also adhering to the absolute highest standards of quality. This more accessible insulin pen could change millions of people's lives.

    We'll also get a glimpse into the uniquely challenging startup journey of developing a physical medical device. Nielsen and his team have been winning awards and grants on a regular basis, but the road is still steep. Whether it's negotiating with a manufacturer across the globe or getting FDA approval, bringing a medical device to market as a startup with limited funds is a challenge that could intimidate even the most market-tested CEOs. Nielsen pulls back the curtain and lets us see that challenge from the inside and shows us where GO-Pen is going next.

    Enjoy!









    Innovators: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 22 min
    10-Year Overnight Success: UnaliWear Tops Wirecutter List of Medical Alert Systems

    10-Year Overnight Success: UnaliWear Tops Wirecutter List of Medical Alert Systems

    We’re back with a new season of the StartUp Health NOW podcast!

    This week we’re chatting with Richard Hirsch from UnaliWear. UnaliWear, under the guidance of CEO & Founder Jean Anne Booth, is a long-time StartUp Health community member that is changing the game in medical alerts for seniors.

    UnaliWear built the voice-first Kanega watch that provides discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and a guard against wandering – and allows seniors to call for help if they need it. It gives seniors independence without making them wear a stigmatizing alert button around their necks.

    And, now, after years of other awards and accolades, the Kanega watch was just named by The New York Times Wirecutter as the best medical alert device for people on the go. That's the kind of market validation that startups dream about.





    Listen in as Hirsch shares insights on how UnaliWear grew into a "10-year overnight success."

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    Founders: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 29 min
    From the Archives: Naheed Kurji of Recursion Takes a Deep Dive into Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery

    From the Archives: Naheed Kurji of Recursion Takes a Deep Dive into Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery

    For this StartUp Health NOW episode, we dive back into an interview we did with a long-time Health Transformer, Naheed Kurji. At the time of the interview, Naheed was the CEO, President & Co-founder of Cyclica, a StartUp Health company that is considered one of the pioneers of what is now the increasingly hot space of using AI for drug discovery and development.

    We wanted to revisit this conversation because in the time since we aired it, Cyclica had huge news. In May 2023, the company was acquired by Recursion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: RXRX), a clinical-stage biotech player.

    Naheed now leads Recursion’s Canadian operations and is putting his experience to use accelerating innovation in drug discovery in whole new ways. By looking back at Naheed’s experience at Cyclica, we can gain a glimpse into how he was so successful piloting a startup from launch to acquisition and how he might lead Recursion moving forward. Naheed will also give us an inside look at how Cyclica reshaped this market – then he’ll zoom way out: as the chair of the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Health, Naheed can help us understand where the AI for health industry is going.

    We will be back with fresh episodes after Labor Day!









     



    Founders: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 34 min
    From the Archives: Why Media Giant Jon Miller, Former CEO at AOL and IAC, Joined StartUp Health’s Board of Directors

    From the Archives: Why Media Giant Jon Miller, Former CEO at AOL and IAC, Joined StartUp Health’s Board of Directors

    As we gear up for the launch of the next season of this podcast, which will drop after Labor Day, we're bringing you replays of favorite episodes from the past.

    This week, we're featuring a conversation with Jon Miller, a member of the StartUp Health Board of Directors. Miller is best known for being a former CEO of AOL, Head of Digital Media at News Corp, and Chief Executive of the media powerhouse IAC.

    With all of that experience in media, Miller might seem like an interesting choice for a board focused on health innovation. After all, on the StartUp Health board he joins the likes of Toby Cosgrove, MD, whose pedigree as the former head of the Cleveland Clinic needs little explanation.

    In our conversation, we talk about how Miller's experience in business, finance, and media translates to health moonshots – these audacious goals that guide us at StartUp Health. Specifically, we wanted to know what media tools could be used to speed up health innovation and help startups bring their solutions to the market more successfully.

    What we learned was that many of the advancements and opportunities Miller has seen in media over the last couple decades – advancements in consumerism and community – are absolutely core to improving health in scalable digital ways.



    Listen in to hear Miller explain that vision and why he’s more excited than ever to support a global community of health tech entrepreneurs – this band of like-minded founders we call Health Transformers.

    We will be back with fresh episodes after Labor Day!











    Founders: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 18 min
    From the Archives: Dr. Robert Wilson on How Partnering with PreventScripts Enhanced His Medical Practice

    From the Archives: Dr. Robert Wilson on How Partnering with PreventScripts Enhanced His Medical Practice

    Typically on this show we talk to the health tech founders – who we call Health Transformers – that are creating the tools and platforms that will modernize our health system. Or we talk to top investors on what they're looking for in startups.



    But, on this week’s StartUp Health NOW, we look back at one of our most-popular podcast episodes, which featured a different kind of guest: one that helps round out the picture of how healthcare innovation goes from idea to real-world implementation.



    Robert Wilson, MD, is a family physician who runs CovenantCare Family Practice, a multi-site medical practice in Tennessee. Dr. Wilson popped up on our radar because he was an early partner for PreventScripts, a startup that’s part of the StartUp Health community. PreventScripts, led by Brandi Harless and Natalie Davis, MD, has created a platform that helps family doctors like Dr. Wilson identify patients who would benefit from chronic care management. Think about a patient who is pre-diabetic and all signs point towards a long battle with Type 2 diabetes. While Dr. Wilson might be too overextended to identify and coach this patient before the disease sets in, PreventScripts can identify the risk and put the patient on a clinically-proven program. Patients with chronic diseases, or the risk of disease, get heightened care between visits, and Dr. Wilson gets added reimbursement.



    We wanted to talk to Dr. Wilson to understand why he was interested in partnering with a health startup, as this is one of the key hurdles for any health innovator. How do you find the right clinical partner, a place to prove out your brilliant idea in the real world, and then iterate based on user feedback?



    In the conversation – our most-downloaded episode in the past year – we’ll get into the real-world challenges that Dr. Wilson faces, his motivation for evolving his practice, and how PreventScripts has helped him fill gaps in patient care.



    We will be back with fresh episodes after Labor Day!







     



    Founders: Health Transformer University fuels your health moonshot



    Funders: Become a Health Moonshot Champion

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 21 min

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