January 2021 News

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January 2021 News

NYC Healthcare Investment Updates


Talkspace announces plans to go public in $1.4B merger with SPAC Hudson Executive Investment Corp.

AI cancer pathology developer Paige nets $100M in Series C

Monument raises $10.3M Series A to grow platform that addresses alcohol addiction

Neurogene, focused on rare neurological diseases, closes $115M Series B

Insights engine H1 raises $58M Series B

Oscar Health closed 2020 with $140M in new funding led by Tiger Global Management


Job Openings


Aetion has been named to Built In’s Best Places to Work 2021, including as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in NYC and Boston. They are hiring, learn more about working at Aetion and open roles here.

Veeva Crossix is expanding its team across all functions. Are you interested in improving the healthcare industry through data and analytics? Apply here.


Industry News


Altruista Health has just been acquired by HealthEdge Software, a Blackstone-owned company. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms, and this financial backing delivers leverage for Altruista to invest in cutting-edge technologies and systems that will benefit its product and customers. Blackstone previously acquired The Burgess Group, creating an array of complementary software solutions and a unique value proposition for health plans in the industry. Altruista Health remains in place as a wholly owned subsidiary of HealthEdge with Ashish Kachru, Altruista’s co-founder, remaining as President. The Altruista leadership team stays in place. GuidingCare will continue to be supported and improved, and Altruista will innovate, enable care modules to mitigate risk, reduce avoidable expenses and improve health outcomes for health plans.

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) Foundation received a $250,000 grant to support the launch of a Career Skills Academy to help public health students successfully navigate a job search and excel in their careers. Geared towards students who may not have had access to career-building opportunities earlier in their educational careers, and who have been unemployed or underemployed, the Career Skills Academy will focus on career preparation and skills-building through a dual-module program: “earn the job” and “thrive in the job.” In addition to formal learning sessions, the program will provide students with opportunities to engage with leading c-suite executives in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. There will be a call for volunteers in spring 2021.​​

GoMo Health announced a collaboration with the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program, to add oral care patient education to their digital therapeutic solution for oncology. Read the full announcement.  

Jones Day recently published a commentary on new Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbors for patient engagement and CMS-sponsored arrangements.  

The LifeSci NYC Internship Program seeks additional hosts! Now in its fourth year, the program has placed 300 candidates into internships at 88 companies and organizations — a who’s who of New York City’s top life sciences / healthcare companies. The program is a great way of sourcing talent; nearly 50% of interns have received offers from their companies to continue working on either a FT or PT basis after their internships. And there is no cost to working with the program (apart from paying interns at least $15 / hour), as it is funded by New York City. Sign up to host at lifesci.nyc/hosts or reach out to Richard Robbins at rich@upperweststrategies.com.

PatientPoint recently published a blog offering four key themes for patient engagement in 2021—virtual health, remote patient monitoring, patient education and patient experience. PatientPoint Chief Client Officer Linda Ruschau also recently appeared alongside industry leaders in a 2021 preview from the Digital Health Coalition.

PulsePoint published insights on a look back at 2020: The year (of the pandemic) in review, including the major milestones and highlights from last year.

Purohit Ventures announced its launch into the healthcare investment space. A novel, female-led investment firm, it applies 30 years of healthcare expertise to identify investment opportunities with true commercial relevance based on an expertise in the behavioral factors that influence commercial success, and then build investment-based partnerships that leverage time and service as currency.