May 13th, 2022
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BLOOMBITES
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While everyone talks about San Diego being a ‘lifesciences’ town, I’ve been big on breaking down what ‘lifesciences’ means and one of those legs is digital health. 

Digital Health has continued to be on the raise, even before Covid but it certainly helped launch the category, especially in San Diego. These are tech companies that are building tech for the medical/health industry that include telehealth, personalized data and wellness, and more.

Some digital health startups to watch for continued growth:
Concert Health - Behavioral teletherapy clinic - Recently raised a Series B 
Turquoise Health - Transparency to healthcare pricing and services - Recently raised a Series A
ForeSee Medical - Medical risk assessment AI - Raised in February
Equip - Eating disorder teletherapy clinic - Raised Series B in February 
Vessel Health - Functional medicine personal data collection - Raised recently and new product 2.0 launching soon

And many more! Who are you watching?

Cheers!
TACOS & TECH PODCAST
The modern approach to wellness is changing. Les Kollegian and Brendan Smith, co-founders of Raw Botanics, talk about what inspired them to launch a new wellness business in the latest Tacos and Tech podcast episode. 
JOBS SPOTLIGHT
The talent market is hot especially for tech talent. Check out our new job board! Submit jobs or apply to who’s hiring in SD tech!
Trust & Will (Little Italy)

Trust & Will (Little Italy)

Cox Communications (San Diego)

Shield AI (Downtown)

Lennd (San Diego)
Brain (Sorrento Valley)

Mitek Systems (San Diego)

Flock Freight (Encinitas)

Carlsmed (Carlsbad)

OmniSync (Kearny Mesa)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Top Tech Awards, May 15

National City Chamber of Commerce, May 19

San Diego Business Journal, May 19

SACC & FACC, May 19

San Diego North EDC, May 25
San Diego Business Journal, May 26

DigiMarCon, June 16-17

City of Vista & San Diego CCOE

EvoNexus

Launch Factory

RECENT FUNDINGS
Aspen Neuroscience, financial analytics software company specializing in physical climate risks, $147.5M Series B with GV, LYFE Capital, Revelation Partners

Concert Health, building an integrated behavioral health system, $42M Series B with Define Ventures

Carlsmed, manufacturer of aprevo™ digital-to-device 3-D printed implant system, $30M Series B with B Capital Group

Playable Worlds, computer games company specializing in game development, online games, and gamification, $25M Series B with Kakao Games

Genome Insight, whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis and interpretation company, $23M Series B with Dunamu & Partners

Turquoise Health, health tech company that makes administration simplistic and cost-efficient, $20M Series A with Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Tiger Global

QuantalRF, emerging RF semiconductor company, $15M Series C with Dara Capital, Metellus

South 8 Technologies, develops liquefied gas electrolyte chemistry for rechargeable lithium metal batteries and electrochemical capacitors, $12M Series A with Anzu Partners

FutureProof Technologies, financial analytics software company specializing in physical climate risks, $6.5M with AXIS Digital Ventures

Amydis, developing innovative chemistry to detect diseases, $5.7M 

Kahoona, privacy preserving audience segmentation technology, $4.5M Seed with Global Founders Capital

Streamlined, transforming B2B payments for the modern era, $3M Seed with Greycroft, SignalFire

Hempacco, innovative, filtered hemp smokable products, $416k Seed

Oral Genome, oral wellness testing kit that provides personalized insights about oral health,  Seed

The Good Face Project, innovation platform for the next generation of beauty, Seed 

Cortica, provider of advanced neurological therapies for children with autism and other developmental differences, with Autism Impact Fund
ACQUISITIONS
Allegro 3D by BICO for $6M

Cend Therapeutics Inc. by Caladrius Biosciences

Duncan Financial by Beacon Pointe

Andromeda Interfaces by Aptera

NFINIT by LightEdge Solutions

PR Couture by Jeneration PR
SD-BASED INVESTORS IN THE NEWS
ClearVision Equity Partners invests in Concert Health, Generation Esports

Spark Growth Ventures invests in The Good Face Project, Redcliffe Labs

Section 32 invests in Aspen Neuroscience, MOMA Therapeutics

Qualcomm Ventures invests in Gantu AI, ideaForge

Correlation Ventures invests in Mytaverse, Pando

Ad Astra Ventures invests in Frame Fertility

Harpoon invests in deepset
TACO TO YOU LATER
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