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Digital Health News, Summary of Financing in the Past Week; October 11th

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A number of 2021 healthtech companies are trading below their IPO price, with reduced market caps. More healthtech companies are going public, but are they measuring up? Read more on Vatornews CVS Health is about to turn hundreds of its drugstores into health care super-clinics.On Feb. 1, Karen Lynch became the chief at CVS Health, the fourth-biggest company in the country—and the largest in health care, America’s biggest and in many ways most backward industry. She started fast with a daring gambit: putting CVS at the heart of the pandemic response, as a hub for COVID tests and vaccines. Read more on Fortune

Carbon Health acquires RPM vendor Alertive Healthcare. The deal comes shortly after Carbon Health’s acquisition of virtual diabetes management platform Steady Health and a $350 million funding round. Read more on Fierce Healthcare Neumora Therapeutics: Neumora Therapeutics is a Watertown, Ma.-based developer of precision medicines for brain diseases. Neumora Therapeutics has raised $500 million in Series A(!) funding. Arch Venture Partners led the round, joined by Amgen, Alexandria Venture Investments, Altitude Life Science Ventures, Catalio Capital Management, F-Prime Capital, Invus, Logos Capital, Mubadala, Newpath Partners, Polaris Partners, re.Mind Capital, SoftBank, Surveyor Capital and Waycross Ventures. Read more 

Fund raisings of last week:  Honor: Honor is a San Francisco-based senior care network and tech platform. Honor has raised $70 million in Series E funding and $300 million in debt financing. Baillie Gifford led the equity financing with participation from earlier investors, including funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price, Home Instead founders Paul and Lori Hogan, Prosus Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, FMZ Ventures, Rock Springs Capital, Lighthouse Capital Markets, and TriplePoint Capital. Perceptive Advisors meanwhile led the debt financing with a “significant commitment” from Ares Management funds. Read more

The climate crisis is also a healthcare crisis. Climate change is a menace to human health — and the medical sector is part of the problem. Read more on Financial Times Mental health startup BetterUp raises funds at near $5 bln valuation. BetterUp has over 3,000 coaches on its platform and also provides analytics and real-time insights to help track employee progress. Read more on Reuters

Ladder: Ladder is a Palo Alto, Ca.-based digital life insurance startup focused around flexible term life insurance policies. Ladder has raised $100 million in Series D funding co-led by Thomvest Ventures and OMERS Growth Equity. Read more Twin Health: Twin Health is Los Gatos, Ca.-based digital metabolic care startup. Twin Health has raised $140 million in Series C funding. Backers in the round include ICONIQ Growth, Sequoia Capital India, Perceptive Advisors, Corner Ventures, LTS Investments, Helena and Sofina. Read more

Brave Care: Brave Care is a Portland, Ore.-based pediatric healthcare provider that operates in-person clinics and provides remote care. Brave Care has raised $25 million in Series B funding led by the physician services provider Mednax. Read more Thyme Car: Thyme Care is a Nashville TN-based provider of oncology care management solutions.The company announced a $22 million funding round on Tuesday, led by Andreessen Horowitz, AlleyCorp, and Frist Cressey Ventures with participation from Casdin Capital and Bessemer. Read more Lightship: Lightship is a El Segundo, Ca.-based maker of virtual clinical trial software. Lightship has raised $40 million in funding co-led by Define Ventures and Brook Byers, with participation from Khosla Ventures, McKesson Ventures and Time Ventures. Read more 

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