【转】From Virtual Nurses To Drug Discovery: 106 Artificial Intelligence Startups In Healthcare


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The number of startups entering the healthcare AI space has increased in recent years, with over 50 companies raising their first equity rounds since January 2015. Deals to healthcare-focused AI startups went up from less than 20 in 2012 to nearly 70 in 2016. Last year also saw two new unicorns emerge in the space: China-based iCarbonX and oncology-focused Flatiron Health.


We identified over 100 companies that are applying machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics to reduce drug discovery times, provide virtual assistance to patients, and diagnose ailments by processing medical images, among other things.

We first published the market map below in April 2016 and it has been updated as new companies have entered the field. The market map includes companies in the space that have raised an equity funding round since January 2013 and excludes exited companies like MetaMind, which was recently acquired by Salesforce. It is not meant to be exhaustive of companies in the space.

A few investment highlights:

  • Increasingly crowded imaging & diagnostics: 19 out of the 24 companies under imaging & diagnostics raised their first equity funding round since January 2015 (this includes seed or Series A rounds, as well as a first round raised by stealth startup Imagen Technologies). In 2014, Butterfly Networks raised a $100M Series C, backed by Aeris Capital and Stanford University. This was one of the largest equity rounds to an AI in healthcare company, after China-based iCarbonX’s $154M mega-round and two $100M+ raises by oncology-focused Flatiron Health.
  • Remote patient monitoring: London-based Babylon Health, backed by investors including Kinnevik and Google-owned DeepMind Technologies, raised a $25M Series A round in 2016 to develop an AI-based chat platform. New York-based AiCure raised $12.3M in Series A funding from investors including Biomatics Capital Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Tribeca Venture Partners, for the use of artificial intelligence to ensure patients are taking their medications. California-based Sense.ly has developed a virtual nursing assistant, Molly, to follow up with patients post-discharge. The company claims Molly gives clinicians “20% of their day back.” Sentrian, backed by investors including Frost Data Capital, analyzes biosensor data and sends patient-specific alerts to clinicians.
  • Core AI companies bring their algorithms to healthcare: Core AI startup Ayasdi, which has developed a machine intelligence platform based on topological data analysis, is bringing its solutions to healthcare providers for applications including patient risk scoring and readmission reduction. Other core AI startups looking at healthcare include H2O.ai and Digital Reasoning Systems.
  • Top VCs: Khosla Ventures and Data Collective are the top VC investors in healthcare AI startups, and have backed 5 unique companies each. Khosla Ventures backed California-based Ginger.io, which focuses on patients with depression and anxiety; healthcare analytics platform Lumiata; Israel’s Zebra Medical Vision and California-based Bay Labs, which applies AI to medical imaging; as well as drug discovery startup Atomwise. Data Collective backed imaging & diagnostics startups Enlitic, Bay Labs and Freenome, analytics platform CloudmedX, and previously mentioned Atomwise.
  • Drug discovery is also gaining attention: Startups are using machine learning algorithms to reduce drug discovery times, and VCs have backed 6 out of the 9 startups on the map. Andreessen Horowitz recently seed funded twoXAR, developer of the DUMA drug discovery platform; Khosla Ventures and Data Collective backed Atomwise, which published its first findings of Ebola treatment drugs last year, and has also partnered with MERCK; Lightspeed Venture Partners invested in Numedii in 2013; Foundation Capital participated in 3 equity funding rounds to Numerate.
  • AI in oncology: IBM Watson Group-backed Pathway Genomics has recently started a research study for its new blood test kit, CancerIntercept Detect. The company will collect blood samples from high-risk individuals who have never been diagnosed with the disease to determine if early detection is possible. Other oncology-focused startups include Flatiron HealthCyrcadia (wearable device), CureMetrixSkinVisionEntopsis, and Smart Healthcare.
106 AI Startups In Healthcare
Company Total Funding ($M) Investors
Advenio TecnoSys $0.10 Kstart, Zone Startups
AiCure $15.10 Biomatics Capital Partners, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, New Leaf Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners
Amara Health Analytics $0.07 NA
analyticsMD $13.84 Fenox Venture Capital, FundersClub, StartX, Y Combinator
Apixio $45.36 Bain Capital Ventures, First Analysis, SSM Partners, Undisclosed Angel Investors,
Arterys $12.00 AME Cloud Ventures, Asset Management Ventures, Emergent Medical Partners, GE Ventures, Morado Venture Partners, Norwich Ventures, StartX
Atlas $0.65 Indiegogo, Techstars
Atomwise $6.12 AME Cloud Ventures, Data Collective, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Khosla Ventures, OS Fund, Y Combinator
Avalon $0.14 Entrepreneur First, Techstars
Ayasdi $97.88 Centerview Capital, Citi Ventures, Draper Nexus Ventures, Floodgate, Institutional Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Babylon Health $25.00 DeepMind Technologies, Hoxton Ventures, Innocent Drinks, Kinnevik
Bay Labs $7.80 Eleven Two Capital, Jack Culpepper, Kevin Goodwin, Khosla Ventures, National Science Foundation, Nicolas Pinto, Randy Martin, Vince Monical, Yann LeCun
Behold.ai $0.02 Almaworks, gener8tor
BioBeats $3.23 AXA Strategic Ventures, Cantora Records, Damon Wayans, ENIAC Ventures, Gotham Chopra, IQ Capital Partners, Justin Boreta, K5 Ventures, Ken Hertz, Mark Beaven, Scooter Braun, Slow Ventures, , White Cloud Capital, Will Smith, ZhenFund
Buoy Health $2.52 NA
BurstIQ $0.25 500 Accelerator, PV Ventures
Butterfly Network $100.00 Aeris Capital, Stanford University
Clinithink $0.00 Finance Wales Investments, Vanguard Atlantic
Cloud Pharmaceuticals $1.73 National Science Foundation,
CloudMedX $6.72 FundersClub, Lux Capital, Tencent, Y Combinator
CureMetrix $0.00 Analytics Ventures, evoNexus, Keshif Ventures, La Costa Investment Group
Cyrcadia $2.45 Reno Angels, Undisclosed Angel Investors
Deep Genomics $3.74 Bloomberg Beta, True Ventures, Undisclosed Angel Investors, University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology
Deep6 $0.10 Techstars
Desktop Genetics $3.15 Angels in MedCity, Boundary Capital, Darrin Disley, Execute Technologies, Illumina, Innovate UK, IQ Capital Partners, Jonathan Milner, London Co-Investment Fund, Martin Murphy, Michael Martin, Richard Youngman
Digital Reasoning Systems $75.63 Goldman Sachs, HCA, Health Evolution Partners, Lemhi Ventures, NASDAQ, Silver Lake
EaglEyeMed $0.60  NA
Enlitic $15.00 Amplify Partners, Capitol Health Partners, Data Collective
EnsoData $0.56 HealthX Ventures, Y Combinator
Entopsis $1.73 Breakout Labs, Krillion Ventures,
Envisagenics $0.10 HealthX Ventures, Y Combinator
Flatiron Health $313.00 Allen & Company, Baillie Gifford & Co., Casdin Capital, Google Ventures, Roche Venture Fund
Freenome $7.05 Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Founders Fund, Third Kind Venture Capital
Gauss Surgical $24.81 AVIA Health Innovation, Jump Capital, LifeForce Ventures, Promus Ventures, Providence Ventures, StartX, Summation Health Ventures, Taube Investment Partners, TMCx, UHC
Ginger.io $28.22 Ari Buchler, Bill Warner, ENIAC Ventures, James Joaquin, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Kapor Capital, Khosla Ventures, LaunchCapital, Romulus Capital, Techstars, True Ventures, Ty Curry, Walt Winshall
Globavir Biosciences $0.15 StartX
H2O.ai $33.60 Capital One Growth Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Paxion Capital Partners, Transamerica Ventures
Healint $1.01 GREE Ventures, JFDI.Asia, Shin Ryoku, Singapore National Research Foundation, Undisclosed Angel Investors, Wavemaker Partners
Health Fidelity $19.26 Charter Life Sciences, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Hindsait NA Guidewell, Healthbox Global Partners
iCarbonX $199.00 China Bridge Capital , Tencent, Vcanbio
Imagen Technologies $5.00 NA
Imagia Cybernetics NA BDC Healthcare Venture Fund, Emerillon Capital, Lumira Capital, Real Ventures
InSilico Medicine $0.80 Deep Knowledge Ventures
Intendu NA Impact First Investments
Jvion $8.95 Eastside Partners
LifeGraph NA 8200 EISP
Lucina Health $19.64 Arboretum Ventures, Cape Andover Capital Partners, Chrysalis Ventures, JumpStart, North Coast Angel Fund, Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project
Lumiata $20.00 BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Khosla Ventures, Sandbox Industries
Lunit $4.13 Formation 8, K Cube Ventures, Softbank Ventures Korea
Magnea $0.22 Elis Nemes, Karl-Mikael Syding
Medal $3.78 8VC, Draper Associates, Founders Fund, ZhenFund
Medalogix $5.00 Coliseum Capital Management
Medasense $8.00 8200 EISP, Baxter Ventures, Benslie Investment Group
MedAware $2.35 DreamIt Ventures, GE Ventures, MassChallenge, OurCrowd.com, Winton Ventures
MedWhat $1.12 Caixa Capital Risc, Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford University, Startcaps Ventures
MedyMatch Technology $2.00 Exigent Capital, Genesis Capital Advisors
Mindshare Medical $2.00 Frost Data Capital
NarrativeDx $1.80 Capital Factory, DreamIt Ventures, Floodgate, Live Oak Ventures, LiveOak Venture Partners, Silverton Partners, Undisclosed Investors
NextHealth Technologies $9.50 Daniel Spirek, James Bradley, Norwest Venture Partners, Peter Everett, Point B Capital, Trace Devanny
NuMedii $3.50 Claremont Creek Ventures, Life Science Angels, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Numerate $17.50 Atlas Venture, Foundation Capital, Lanza techVentures, Lilly Ventures
Nuritas $8.80 Ali Partovi, Marc Benioff, New Protein Capital
Oncora Medical $1.32 BioAdvance, Dorm Room Fund, Dr. Thomas Mackie, DreamIt Ventures, iSeed Ventures, Science Center
Ovuline N/A Bridge Boys, David Cohen, LaunchCapital, Lead Edge Capital, Lightbank, LionBird, Martin Ventures, Paris Wallace, Techstars, Techstars Ventures, Zaffre Investments
Pathway Genomics $40.00 Edelson Technology Partners, Founders Fund, IBM Watson Group
PeerWell $2.10 Arian Foster
PhysIQ $11.91  NA
Picto Connection $0.02 Rockstart Accelerator
Potbotics $2.36 NA
Profility $1.69 Previz Ventures
Proscia $1.00 A-Level Capital, Emerald Development Managers, Robin Hood Ventures, TCP Venture Capital
Qualaris Healthcare Solutions $0.20 Carnegie Mellon University, Innovation Works
Roam Analytics N/A 8VC, AITV, Blumberg Capital, Undisclosed Angel Investors
Saykara $2.73 NA
Sense.ly $3.79 Alchemist Accelerator, Eastlink Capital Management, Fenox Venture Capital, Launchpad Digital Health, TA Ventures, TMCx, Undisclosed Angel Investors
Sentrian $15.82 Frost Data Capital, REV, Tech Coast Angels, TELUS Ventures
SigTuple $0.00 Accel Partners, Ashok Bareja, Binny Bansal, Debanjan Mukherjee, Nirupa Bareja, Sachin Bansal
SkinVision $3.47 Leo Pharma, PHS Capital, Seedmoney
Smart Healthcare $0.03 Chalmers Ventures
TAO Connect $1.56 Florida Angel Nexus, Florida Funders
TinyKicks $0.71 evoNexus,
Touchkin $0.40 Alok Mittal, Amit Gupta, Anuj Srivastava, Himanshu Aggarwal, Puneet Agarwal, Raghunandan G., Swiss Re
twoXAR $3.40 Andreessen Horowitz
VisExcell $0.25 DreamIt Ventures,
Wellframe $10.30 Carl Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Formation 8, James Nahirny, John McEleney, Jonathan Bush, Michael Gaiss, Pam Garside, QueensBridge Venture Partners, Rock Health, Steve Papa, Tim Draper, , Waterline Ventures
WellTok $238.62 Bessemer Venture Partners, Catholic Health Initiatives, EDBI, Emergence Capital Partners, Flare Capital Partners, Georgian Partners, Hearst Ventures, IBM Watson Group, InterWest Partners, Miramar Digital Ventures, Miramar Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Okapi Venture Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, TriZetto Corporation
Your.MD $5.00 Smedvig Capital
Zebra Medical Vision $20.00 Deep Fork Capital, Intermountain Healthcare, Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff
Zephyr Health $32.50 Google Ventures, Icon Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Susa Ventures
benevolent.ai $140.55 NA
CareSkore $4.42 Y Combinator
DreaMed Diabetes $8.70 Medtronic
Flashback Technologies $3.25 NA
HealthNextGen $0.03 Health Wildcatters
Keen Eye Technologies $1.60 Seventure Partners
Lytics $0.52 Mattias Paulsson, Swedish Growth Fund
Maxwell MRI $0.20 River City Labs
Perceive3D $0.57 Portugal Ventures
Picwell $7.05 Kevin Hill, Trevor Fetter, Paul Kusserow, Osage University Partners, MassMutual Ventures, Andrew Kress, Bruce Perkins
pulseData $3.20 Homebrew
Roam Insight $22.37 Undisclosed Angel Investors
Sophie Bot $0.01 Nailab
VITL $1.50 Alex Chesterman, David de Rothschild, Cameron James Edwards, Simon Franks, Ben Stanway, Joseph Aluin Lenzie
Viz.ai $2.49 Innovation Endeavors



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