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Luis Santiago on How a Recent Team Tragedy Brought PEGASI’s Health Moonshot Into Focus



Every company in the StartUp Health portfolio can draw a line between their business objectives and a very real human impact. Even companies working on highly technical, administrative solutions are doing so, at the end of the day, in order to help people get the care they need faster or better. Our stance is that no database integration, supply chain management tool, or insurance platform should exist apart from its ability to improve lives. In other words, health innovation is personal.

For some founders, like our guest today, the human face of healthcare technology is startlingly clear. Our guest is Luis Santiago, the CEO and Co-founder of PEGASI, which StartUp Health backed in 2020. PEGASI is in the business of digitizing health information systems in Latin America, and they’re currently focused on upgrading those systems within oncology so that cancer patients can get diagnosed and treated sooner. That mission gained a tragic level of clarity this year as PEGASI’s CTO Janper Garbi went through a devastating battle with cancer. Luis Santiago shares that personal story, and how it could have ended differently had the hospital been using a digital platform to speed up diagnosis and treatment.

This isn’t just a story about what could have been, but how a tragedy becomes fuel for a health moonshot that could improve the lives of millions.

Learn more and connect with the team a PEGASI.

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Lee Shapiro and Glen Tullman Build Collaborative Partnerships to Achieve Health Moonshots



In this StartUp Health Fireside Chat, we bring you a conversation with Lee Shapiro and Glen Tullman, the dynamic duo behind 7wire Ventures, Livongo, and now Transcarent. These two have worked side by side as friends and business partners for more than 30 years, investing in startups, scaling businesses, and taking companies public. 

Now, in addition to all the rest, the two are backing a diverse portfolio of early-stage health startups through the StartUp Health Moonshots Impact Fund

When it comes to health innovation, Lee and Glen have seen it all – always through the lens of a collaborative partnership. Steven Krein, StartUp Health’s CEO and Co-founder, leads the conversation, which covers everything from new market opportunities to practical strategies for working with investors.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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The Future of Health Innovation With Microsoft’s Dr. David Rhew



This week on the podcast, we’re bringing you a conversation with Dr. David Rhew, the Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Healthcare at Microsoft. In this interactive session, Dr. Rhew broke down Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and explained how the broader suite of Microsoft tools – from natural language processing to using Teams for telehealth – can help healthcare startups scale more quickly. Bottom line? If a startup wants to move quickly, don’t reinvent the wheel. The infrastructure you need might already exist in the marketplace. Finally, we learned specifics on how startups can partner with Microsoft directly. This interactive Fireside Chat was hosted by StartUp Health’s Media Director Logan Plaster in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Melissa Buckley Gets Candid on How Philanthropies Partner With Startups



In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, we sat down with Melissa Buckley, the Director of the Innovation Fund at the California Health Care Foundation, a non-profit with a unique mission and vision for how to support health innovation. In this conversation we unpack the philanthropic foundation and the unique way it invests in new ideas based on impact, strategies behind impact investing, how startups can find opportunities working with philanthropies, and how Melissa’s work in California can help us see where the market is heading next more broadly.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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Achieving Health Moonshots w/ Vinod Khosla



Last month, Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, came back for part II of his Fireside Chat where he joined our co-founder, Unity Stoakes, to talk about achieving Health Moonshots, how COVID opened more doors to innovation and experimentation, finding societal impact without expertise, and identifying your long-term and basecamp vision. Listen to part I here.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com
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New VC Funds Put Women’s Health Moonshot Front and Center



In today’s venture capital world, the vast majority of decisions are made by male investors – by one recent estimate, 87% of partners at digital health venture funds are men. This imbalance has resulted in an overall lack of investment in women’s health innovations, and in female founders. That’s shifting thanks in part to investors like Maria Velissaris, our guest on this week’s episode. Maria was a successful entrepreneur and business development maven before she became a managing Partner at SteelSky Ventures. SteelSky is a VC firm with a laser focus on women’s health, and a desire to see women-run startups get the funding they deserve. Today’s conversation has been pulled from an expert office hour held by StartUp Health and attended by entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio. So in addition to Maria’s insights – on investment trends, how to pitch, and how COVID-19 has changed the game – you’ll get to hear real-life questions from founders who are working in the trenches. The session was moderated by Katya Hancock, StartUp Health’s Investor Network Director. Enjoy.

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Venus Williams Gets Candid About Entrepreneurship, Wellness and Bouncing Back From COVID-19



Tennis icon and Olympian Venus Williams has built on her success on the court to become a savvy and successful investor, advisor and entrepreneur. Now she’s making her mark on health innovation. Venus Williams has partnered with Zeel, the wellness company that invented the idea of massage-on-demand. Now, Zeel has expanded to a tech-platform that offers a range of wellness on the go services. Recently, Zeel Co-founder Alison Harmelin sat down with the iconic tennis star to get her candid thoughts about health, entrepreneurship, and how startups can bounce back from COVID-19 even stronger than they started.

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Despite COVID-Constrained World, Digital Health Investor Predicts Promising Future in Telemedicine



Much has been said and written — here at StartUp Health and elsewhere — about how in healthcare there’s pre-COVID and there’s post-COVID. Regulations, reimbursements, consumer attitudes, and just basic human norms have shifted dramatically. Mass adoption of telemedicine has made headlines, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In today’s podcast, we turned to Alyssa Jaffee, industry pro and VP at 7Wire Ventures, an early-stage venture fund headquartered in Chicago, to delve deeper into understanding those shifts and opportunities in digital health from an investor’s lens. The conversation you’ll hear is between Jaffe and Bari Krein, StartUp Health’s Chief Strategy Officer. It took place during a recent Expert Office Hour session that we hosted for the Health Transformers in the StartUp Health community, but Jaffe’s advice was so spot on and honest that we couldn’t help sharing it with a wider audience on the podcast.

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StartUp Health’s 2020 Midyear Insights Report: A Conversation With Jonah Comstock



StartUp Health co-founder Unity Stoakes and editor in chief Logan Plaster talk health innovation funding trends with HIMSS Media editor-in-chief Jonah Comstock, a health tech journalist who has been covering the health innovation funding landscape for more than a decade. StartUp Health released its quarterly Insights report on July 1, 2020. The report confirmed that health innovation funding has remained on a strong upward trajectory despite of the market uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, with $4.2B raised in Q2 2020, we find ourselves closing out the most-funded six-month period on record. In this episode, Comstock, Stoakes and Plaster discuss the market forces behind this apparent optimism, the importance of a global perspective on health innovation, and whether the current positive trend is likely to continue through the rest of 2020.

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How Joint Academy CEO Jakob Dahlberg Is Transforming Osteoarthritis Care



According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in four Americans will develop hip or knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Experts suggest we have yet to reach a maximum fixed lifespan, creating an overwhelming demand for accessing treatment options that address joint pain and immobility.

One of StartUp Health’s rising stars. Jakob Dahlberg, Co-founder and CEO of the Swedish based telemedicine company Joint Academy, has created an interactive digital treatment program for arthritis.  In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Dahlberg talks about the companies mission, response to the current pandemic, and how creating a digital joint therapy platform is addressing a gap in healthcare.

Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health https://www.startuphealth.com/
Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots http://www.healthmoonshots.com

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