May 17, 2020

Flatiron raises $8 mln in Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures

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Flatiron raises $8 mln in Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures
The developers of an intelligent oncology data platform Flatiron Health has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures wit...

The developers of an intelligent oncology data platform Flatiron Health has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding led by Google Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, Great Oaks Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, SV Angel, IA Ventures and angel investors.

The angels in round include Chris Dixon, Jared Hecht, Ken Fox, Aaron Levie,  Jack  Abraham, David Tisch, and Ed Zimmerman. As part of funding, Dr. Krishna Yeshwant has joined Flatiron Health’s board.

The company Flatiron Health is the brain child of Invite Media founders Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg. Both the founders sold their bidding exchange software and advertising technology company to Google in 2010 for $80 million.

Post buyout, Turner and Weinberg spent time at Google, but also made angel investments on the side in the healthcare industry and beyond.

The platform allows institutions to monitor their adherence to national cancer care guidelines of care, monitor and benchmark themselves against hundreds of metrics related to cancer care, automate their tumor registry, match patient to clinical trials, in real-time and build new tools on top of the structured database that Flatiron enables. At the basic level, the SaaS provides oncologists and hospitals with a more comprehensive view of their patient population, and what cancers they are facing.

Through the platform, administrators and clinicians gain deep analytics for business and clinical intelligence, resource utilization, treatment patterns, network management and research. One of the Invite Media founders

Mr. Nat Turner’ said, the new funds will be used to expand Flatiron Health’s engineering and product teams. Flatiron Health, which has 12 employees, is in private beta with a select group of providers and other partners in U.S.

The start up has signed on five major hospital systems, including a well-known academic cancer center.

The next step, says Turner, is to see how these pilot programs perform and ready the public beta of the product when the software is ready.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

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British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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