Industry News: VOLUME 4 ISSUE 9

More Consolidation, IPOs Ahead for Digital Health Companies

By Fenwick & West LLP

Lexology.com – Virtual healthcare staked out exciting new ground with the recently announced $18.5 billion merger of telemedicine pioneer Teladoc Health and chronic disease management company Livongo.

The deal illustrates the growing appetite among public-market investors for innovative healthcare solutions.

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64 high-income nations join effort to expand global access to Covid-19 vaccines, but U.S. and China do not

By Helen Branswell 

Statnews.com – Countries representing about 64% of the world population have signed up to expand global access to Covid-19 vaccines by funding a purchasing pool organized by the World Health Organization and other nonprofit groups, leaders of the effort announced Monday.

Not among the countries: the United States, which had previously said it is not taking part in the so-called COVAX Facility, or Russia nor China, both of which have already issued emergency use licenses for Covid-19 vaccines.

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NIH to fund 7 digital health projects aimed at COVID-19

by Conor Hale

fiercebiotech.com – The National Institutes of Health has picked seven companies and academic centers to help develop digital health solutions aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic—including smartphone apps, wearables and big data programs to mitigate the personal and public health impacts of the novel coronavirus.

Each one-year contract includes two phases: an initial award for feasibility testing, followed by an option for additional development funding.

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Preparing for the Mental Health Repercussions of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Christopher Magoon, MDLinda Rosenberg, MSW, & Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

psychiatrictimes.com – Our mental health system is facing something of a perfect storm. The stress of the COVID-19 contagion, the civil strife and social disruption, and economic insecurity is causing an increased demand for mental health treatment.

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