Microbes are essential to all life on earth and, in fact, the most dominant form of life on Earth. The study of microbes has historically advanced society in countless ways such as the creation of the first smallpox vaccine, identifying the causes of cholera, tuberculosis, and anthrax, and the discovery of penicillin. Today, microbes in controlled settings can improve healthcare, food production, and agricultural output. Seed Health is a microbial science company that is focused on developing next-generation probiotic and live biotherapeutics for consumer use. Unlike traditional biotech companies that work to solve a single, isolated problem, Seed Health is structured as a platform that is able to synthesize its findings into a growing number of consumer use cases, following a rigorous process that handles development, validation, research, deployment and scaling up. LA TechWatch caught up with Cofounder and Co-CEO Ara Katz to learn more about the importance of microbiomes, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include The Craftory, ARTIS Ventures, GISEV, Founders Fund, and 8VC.
The old adage is “you are what you eat”. But also important is how what you eat, affects your body. The human gastrointestinal tract contains trillions of bacteria and there is growing interest in understanding how the microbiome impacts health. BelliWelli is a snack brand that’s launching this month and is focused on gut-friendly, plant-based bars. The company’s products are all gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, contain probiotics, and are also low-FODMAP – a short-chain carb that is not easily absorbed by the body. Currently available in four flavors – Minty Chocolate, Cinnamon Swirl, Lemon White Chocolate, Fudge Brownie, BelliWeather bars are available for pre-order from the website with a box of 8 costing $26.96. LA TechWatch caught up with CEO Katie Wilson to learn more about how her own personal journey to find snacks that her body could tolerate led to the founding of the company, the company’s future plans, and recent round of funding.
All human progress operating in service of bettered humanity is a response to one essential question: how do we evolve current knowledge into revolutionary concepts? In my four decades as an inventor, I have often found my response to this question to be one of medically-directed invention.
Providers are turning to patient engagement to steer results in value-based care models, leading to better outcomes for both patients and physicians. Yet many of these engagement programs focus on providing a one-size-fits-all approach that does not truly engage patients due to cultural and socio-economic differences. ConsejoSano is a multicultural patient engagement platform that leverages 2M+ cultural data points to provide a tailored approach in a patient’s native language, leading to improved outcomes. Launched in 2017, the company is already working with four of the top five managed care plans in the US.
LA TechWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Abner Mason to learn more about his experience in Mexico sparked the launch of ConsejoSano, the company’s plans to scale its platform, and latest round of funding from investors that include Magnetic Ventures, The American Heart Association/Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, DaVita Venture Group, Salesforce Ventures, NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, 7wireVentures, Impact Engine, Tufts Health Plan, and Wanxiang America.
Scientific exploration of the microbiome represents the opening of one of the greatest new areas of science in decades, perhaps centuries. It has the potential to rival Einstein’s impact on physics or the double helix on understanding biology. While young, this area shows historic potential across a dizzying expanse of health and human experience.
More often than not, hiding behind the paywalls of many fitness apps is premium content such as virtual fitness classes led by celebrity trainers that require additional spending in order to access. Shred, the digital fitness app, goes against the grain by offering a constantly growing library of high-quality workouts within its subscription and provides the opportunity to make your workouts social by including your friends. Since the company’s founding in 2018, more than 3M workouts and 76M exercises have been completed on the platform. LA TechWatch caught up with CEO Adam Weinstein to learn more about the company’s experience growing during COVID, future plans to roll out new products including video-based social workouts, and Shred’s recent funding round.
Neuroscience has always been a focus area for Social Starts and Joyance Partners and should continue to be due to the large and clear unmet need. Stress, anxiety, mental illness, and their associated impacts are at all-time highs. People seem desperate for solutions. Science points toward many potential new approaches. We also recognize that there […]
Experiencing 30% revenue growth since the onset of COVID-19, TigerConnect realized that the healthcare system is ready to embrace a modern care collaboration and communication platform. The company’s platform allows healthcare professionals across various teams – urgent care, imaging centers, SNFs (registered skilled nursing facilities), etc – to instantly interact with each other and receive the latest updates and critical information on patients. The solution is trusted by than 7K + healthcare organizations to communicate and coordinate care quickly and securely via video, voice, or text. LA TechWatch caught up with CEO Brad Brooks to discuss TigerConnect’s rapid growth, the launch of its latest products, and recent funding round from investors that include HealthQuest Capital, with additional investment coming from New Leaf Ventures, Montreux Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Invus, and Industry Ventures.
Much of the focus of AI has been on data-intensive applications and consumer-facing implementations. Beyond Limits’ cognitive AI platform unleashes the power of AI for some of the most demanding verticals like energy, utilities, and healthcare. The company’s solutions are used to boost operational insights, improve operating conditions, enhance performance, and ultimately, increase profits. The company’s technology originated at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA space missions and is now being leveraged to help some of the largest industrial enterprises and companies address their most pressing challenges with a combination of machine learning and human knowledge. LA TechWatch caught up with CEO and Founder AJ Abdallat to learn more about the state of the enterprise and industrial AI market, the company’s future plans, and recent funding round.
Longevity and Aging Economy will be one of the core investment areas for Social Starts for the remainder of 2020. Longevity ties strongly into Health and Happiness: “Healthspan”—the number of years a person can expect to live with full health and no activity limitations—is an emerging concept in this area and should stand at the […]
Because of the inextricable tie between health and happiness, there exists an equally strong connection between happiness and health. Now, powerful new science is opening whole new categories of products capable of contributing to happiness. Therefore, we see Health Tech as a central investment focus area.