Rewind: EveryMove’s ‘mileage program’ for your health

Our guest this past weekend on the GeekWire Podcast was Russell Benaroya, the CEO of EveryMove, a Seattle-area startup that lets users track their exercise and other healthy habits either manually or using gadgets such as high-tech pedometers. Rewards for participants include everything from gift cards to reduced health-care premiums. Russell tried to win over John… Read More


Earn a chance to win $1M just for getting in shape: That’s the promise of KardioFit

I never thought playing the lottery would help improve one’s physical fitness. But that’s the idea behind KardioFit, a Bellevue startup that’s announcing $500,000 in financing today from angels including former SurveyMonkey CEO Ryan Finley and former UnitedHealth Group exec John Blank. The company has designed a method by which employees or individuals can be entered… Read More


Frazier Healthcare files to raise a $400 million venture fund

Frazier Healthcare, a  21-year-old venture capital firm with offices in Seattle and Silicon Valley, has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $400 million for its seventh venture fund. The firm was founded by former Immunex Chief Financial Officer Alan Frazier, and now includes general partners James Topper, Patrick Herron,… Read More


Seattle startup lands $5M for ‘tumor paint’ to ID cancer cells

A Seattle startup that spun out of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has raised $5 million in series A funding to develop what it calls “tumor paint.” Blaze Bioscience’s experimental “tumor paint” technology is described as a real-time, high-resolution visualization of cancer cells. From the press release: By binding to and illuminating cancer cells, Tumor Paint… Read More

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Buster Benson to sell Health Month, unveils Hipster Habit App

Health Month is on the auction block. The online game, created by Seattle developer Buster Benson to help people motivate one another to lose weight, exercise or achieve other goals, is now for sale on the Web site “Health Month is a great product that generates revenue and has a lively community, but unfortunately… Read More


Medical social network Alliance Health buys Seattle’s Medify

Medify, a Seattle startup that helps people find detailed medical information about diseases, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Alliance Health Networks. Based in Salt Lake City, Alliance Health operates niche-oriented social networks for more than three dozen diseases. Its most popular site is Diabetic Connect, described as the largest social network… Read More


A ‘TB breathalyzer’ and other wild ideas backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced more than 100 winners of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, an effort whereby the foundation provides $100,000 grants to solving global health problems. Obviously, there are some big problems facing the planet, from lack of drinking water to airborne diseases to the methods by which immunizations are administered. And… Read More


EveryMove lands $2.6 million to create a ‘mileage rewards program’ for health

Should Americans earn rewards for good health and fitness practices, just as they earn free miles for frequent flying and discounts for safe driving? That’s the promise of EveryMove, a Seattle startup that today is announcing $2.6 million in financing from Premera Blue Cross, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and… Read More


Kineta, UW receive biodefense grant to study ways to wipe out deadly viruses like Ebola

The University of Washington, University of Texas Medical Branch and Kineta — a Seattle biotechnology upstart — have received an $8.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop drugs to combat Ebola, Marburg, Japanese encephalitis and other deadly diseases. “This award enables us to push further and work with more high… Read More

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UW spin-out born out of doctor’s frustration with paper-based records

The University of Washington is spinning out a new startup company by the name of TransformativeMed which has developed a new way for physicians more effectively communicate about patients. The technology — currently in operation at more than a half dozen hospitals, including Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center and Sinai Grace Hospital– works with… Read More


Jeff Bezos-backed ZocDoc makes Seattle house call, launches doctor appointment service

When ZocDoc announced $75 million in new funding last September, the 5-year-old company stated that it planned to use the cash infusion to expand rapidly into new regions. Now, the company, which has raised $95 million to date, including cash from founder Jeff Bezos, is bringing its doctor appointment scheduling service to Seattle. It… Read More

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Former Expedia execs unveil Fitropolis, a guide for gym rats

Maybe it’s because of the growing obesity problem in the U.S. Or, perhaps, cubicle-bound techies just want to spend their free time thinking about ways to get healthier. Whatever the reason, I’ve seen a huge boom in startup ideas in what’s best described as the “health 2.0″ space this year. On Monday, for example, I… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Valant Medical scores cash to help psychiatrists manage practices

Valant Medical Solutions, which has developed software to help psychiatrists manage billing and electronic medical records at their practices, has scored $937,000 in financing in an oversubscribed round, according to a SEC filing. The deal follows a $1 million round last December. Founded by brothers David Lischner, a psychiatrist who previously ran Evidence Based Treatment Centers… Read More


Seattle super angels make house call to Silicon Valley’s PokitDok

Many Seattle entrepreneurs head south to Silicon Valley when raising financing, tapping into the region’s ranks of well-connected angels. But PokitDok, a Silicon Valley startup that just landed $450,000, took a more unusual course during its recent financing round. It knocked on doors in Seattle. Co-founder Lisa Maki, who actually grew up in tiny Indianola,… Read More

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David Giuliani strikes again, sells Clarisonic to L’Oréal

David Giuliani already struck gold once with the sale of electronic toothbrush maker SoniCare. Now, the Seattle entrepreneur appears to have done it again with Pacific Bioscience Laboratories — a maker of the skin-cleansing Clarisonic device. Today, cosmetics giant L’Oréal USA announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy Giuliani’s Pacific Bioscience Labs today. Terms weren’t… Read More