News from Mass Digital Health - October 2020
Complete the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey Now
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is using the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey to better understand how the pandemic is affecting people throughout the state and create new solutions based on their answers.

Right now, even people who have not become sick with COVID-19 are managing stress, uncertainty, and isolation during this challenging time. People of color and other communities who have been historically underserved are being hurt the most.

All answers are treated anonymously and it only takes 10-15 minutes. Please complete the survey no later than October 31. Take The COVID-19 Survey
Explore the Mass Digital Health Jobs Board
Are you currently hiring and looking for ways to promote your open digital health roles? Do you know a job seeker or career changer who wants to break into digital health?

Explore the only job board solely dedicated to digital health careers in Massachusetts. With postings from over 360 companies across the Commonwealth, our board is the best way to promote your open roles or search for current listings. There are no costs to find or post job openings on our board. Send an email to Paul Bosco ( to get started.
Venture Capital and Mental Health
Priyanka Runwal of STAT has five observations about the growing venture capital interest in the mental health space. In 2019, over 60 companies received upwards of $637 million in new investments, an increase of 23 percent since 2013.
Amwell Stock Soars After IPO
Boston-based telehealth provider Amwell raised $742 million in an initial public offering in September. The company has seen a huge increase in demand for their services since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a new report in the Boston Business Journal.
BrainGate Donation to Tufts
Jeff Stibel, owner of the brain-computer interface technologies company BrainGate, donated brand new technology, including FDA-approved Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) systems, to Tufts University. This donation comes with the launch of the Stibel Dennett Consortium, a new research center focused on brain and cognitive science.
Mass Digital Health Roundup

  • Digital health firms have already raised more money this year than they did for all of 2019 according to a new RockHealth report.

  • One in five jobs in Massachusetts is tied to the healthcare industry, according to a new report by the Pioneer Institute.

  • Bedford-based Rejoni closed a $15 million Series A round of funding for the development of their minimally invasive gynecological medical devices. 

  • A new "food is medicine" research partnership of Community Servings, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between tailored meals and better health outcomes. 

  • Behavioral health startup Mightier was profiled by WCVB recently for their new video game-based ADHD therapy. 
Upcoming Events
October AARP Innovation Challenge: Gaming
Date/Time: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00pm

AARP’s Innovation Challenges are designed to showcase startups at the forefront of agetech, with solutions that empower people to choose how they live as they age.
Women's Health Innovation Summit
Date/Time: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 9:00am

The Women’s Health Innovation Summit (WHI) is THE platform for start-ups, investors, researchers and senior executives in pharma to drive innovation at the convergence of healthcare and technology. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Digital Health Innovation Group Program Manager Josie Elias is scheduled to speak on September 21 at 10:40 am on the Opportunities for Championing Innovations and Teaming with Entrepreneurs panel. 
2nd Annual Computational Data Neuroscience Symposium
Date/Time: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00am

The Symposium will bring together leading data science experts in the clinical neurosciences for a day of keynote & plenary talks on state-of-the-art advances, abstract presentations of cutting-edge work, & sessions to foster innovative collaborations.
Veeva Medical Device & Diagnostic Summit
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:00am

Join industry leaders and experts at Veeva Medical Device & Diagnostics Summit Online to learn how organizations are shortening the product development lifecycle and keeping pace with evolving regulations such as MDR.
MedTech Market Access & HEOR Workshop
Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:30am

Together, ISPOR, Alira Health, and MassMEDIC developed an educational event that will focus on HEOR approaches and address evolving market demands and challenges.
Understanding Technology as a Social Determinant of Health: Addressing the Digital Divide for Older Adults
Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:00pm

In collaboration with the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative will be hosting a presentation featuring research on the digital divide from the FutureLab on Mobility at Babson College.
Women in Digital Health Summit
Date & Time: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 11:00am

Attendees will gain access to a keynote address and lightning talks from female founders, as well as participate in a variety of interactive sessions and panel discussions led by experts and industry leaders.
MassMEDIC MedTech Showcase at BIOMEDigital
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 8:00am

MassMEDIC's annual start up showcase is now the Start-Up Stadium at BIOMEDigital on November 4th-5th.
November AARP Innovation Challenge: Entertainment
Date & Time: Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

AARP’s Innovation Challenges are designed to showcase startups at the forefront of agetech, with solutions that empower people to choose how they live as they age.
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