Student-led health-tech incubator to launch at UC Berkeley

Not to be outdone by StartX, the accelerator loosely affiliated with Stanford University that officially opened the doors to its biotech lab last week, a group of UC Berkeley students are launching a new program to help health-tech entrepreneurship flourish on their own campus.


Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator – and it’s better than you expected

Bayer HealthCare appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare yesterday.

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Castlight Health hikes IPO pricing amid health tech boom

Castlight Health’s upcoming IPO signals a monster year for digital health.The health-software maker has boosted its IPO share price range to $13 to $15, up from the $9-to-$11 range in its initial filing.That means it’ll raise roughly $140 million, 40% more than it initially planned to receive, according to regulatory filings. That could give it a market cap of around $1.5 billion.”I think we are entering a time of huge opportunity here — a confluence of dramatically increased information and changing incentives in health care that will reshape this industry and create an actual market for goods and services,” Castlight cofounder Bryan Roberts told VentureBeat in a recent email exchange.Founded in 2008 by three health tech titans — including Todd Park, the United States’ current chief technology officer — the San Francisco-based company aims to make health care costs more transparent for companies. It helps self-insured employers create an online (and mobile-friendly) space where employees can shop for health care based on price, quality, and how much of their ­deductible has already been spent.Castlight gained major traction last year after it closed $100 million in funding and announced major customer wins, including organizations like Honeywell, Life Technologies, and Indiana University. The company reported 2013 revenue of $13 million, up from $4.2 million a year earlier.But Castlight isn’t the only health tech company ripe for a impending IPO. Practice Fusion and ZocDoc are both strong candidates to go public next, with total financing of $155 million and $99 million, respectively. The health IT market has recently received an immense amount of interest from investors, who poured a record $390 million into digital health companies in January, according to Rock Health.Those massive figures seem to justify industry experts’ arguments that digital health IPOs will leave enterprise tech in the dust in 2014.”Market conditions, social mentality, and technology have converged to create a perfect storm for digital health IPOs in 2014,” wrote Grand Rounds CEO Owen Tripp in a recent guest post on VentureBeat.”Make no mistake: These companies are out to earn money. However, their focus on consumer-centric software will make the world of health care better for everyone.”Castlight intends to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker CSLT. It’s expected to price this week.Related articlesCastlight Health’s reported $2B IPO signals a monster year for digital healthDigital health IPOs will leave enterprise tech in the dust in 2014Who’s next on Wall Street: Tech IPOs to look for in 2014Digital health investment growing, but experienced angels MIAU.S. IPOs reached 2007 levels this year, says NYSE

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Consumers are ready for a complete mobile health solution

From wearable fitness-trackers to sleep-monitoring applications, mobile is the place to go for those looking to improve their health and well-being. But the persistent lack of interoperability among today’s leading and emerging mobile health technologies has resulted in widespread frustration.

Med tech’s top 10 stories from 2012

With so much activity in this space, I sat down with Nate Gross, cofounder of RockHealth, to compile a list of the ten biggest health-tech stories that shocked and amazed us this year.