Blog Image

Politics of Licensing and Certification

183
The Decades’ old Partisan instrument of Control of Scholars The purpose of licensing and certification that we see today dawns on establishing some form of professional quality and safety standards for goods and services furnished...
Blog Image

3 Billion Reasons the Biotechnological Revolution must Preserve

2086
Reprogramming our Genetics (GNR part 2) As a fellow believer of the acceleration of technology and fanboy of esteemed futurist Ray Kurzweil, I will be writing a 4-part series on his predictions on GNR (Genetics, Nanotechnology,...
Blog Image

Why We Invested In Decoded Health aka “A Medical Resident In Your Pocket”

2154
In January we invested in Decoded Health as part of their $4.5M seed led by Sierra Ventures. Tau Ventures is an AI-first fund in Silicon Valley investing primarily in seed but we occasionally take...
Blog Image

Synthetic Biology — Golden Land Of Startups?

1221
Synthetic biology is the branch of biotech that is about creating new biological parts from scratch or from templates in nature. It is often about genes or proteins that can be used in research...
Blog Image

Disaggregation of the Hospital – A Counterintuitive Opportunity for Startups?

404
Tau Ventures is a seed-focused fund investing in applied AI in digital health, enterprise and automation (cars, robots). We think a lot about where healthcare is going and one of the biggest trends we...
Blog Image

Keeping mHealth Apps Secure: What Developers Can Do to Keep User Data Private in...

251
Former hacker and cybersecurity expert Alissa Knight talks about her latest research on vulnerabilities in data privacy for the telemedicine and health app space. Telemedicine and mobile health space can take simple, basic steps...
Blog Image

Just Telling a Patient what to do isn’t usually going to Change their Behavior

214
It’s Impossible to Get People to Change their Act unless there’s a Personal Connection by which they can Empathize. The human being is a creature of behavior. We all as individuals act in a certain way. Not...
Blog Image

The only preexisting condition that matters

211
It was the summer of 2008.  A few of us were sipping a beer on a patio of the new house the hosts bought a few days prior. They had just sold the family...
Blog Image

The Silver Lining for Clinical Trials During the Pandemic

193
Located in major medical centers, clinical trials all but halted during the pandemic, but a new approach has given birth to the trials. He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who...
Blog Image

Why We Invested In FidoCure aka How Tech Can Help Save Dogs (And Eventually...

337
In October FidoCure, also known as One Health Company, announced a $10M series A led by Polaris Ventures and we increased our position given our continued excitement. Tau Ventures, an AI-first seed fund in...
Blog Image

Deep Learning amid Increased Physician Administrative Workload

308
The Epitome of the Trojan Horse to duplicate Physician Clinical Judgment and conquer the Medical Industry The administrative workload is one of many burdens experienced by most physicians of our period. Doctors, particularly those practicing...
Blog Image

Healthcare Too Cheap to Meter

1011
“When the apocalypse comes, everyone will be on their own to buy healthcare.” Dave “ePatient” DeBronkart dropped this casually into a phone call. I had to ask about the apocalypse. “It’s when the system collapses...
Blog Image

Can Startups Disrupt Medical Errors?

998
Primum non nocere -- Latin for “first, do no harm” has been enshrined by the medical practice since the times of the Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately erring is part of the human condition and despite...
Blog Image

Which Country is Number One in Healthcare?

919
An in-depth look into the Definition of Quality of Medical Care and current Misconceptions around its True Essence Quality is relative, as every person has its perception of a better service or a good. Even...
Blog Image

Targeting the Imbalanced Immune Response in COVID-19

1399
Too much histamine or prostaglandin D2 signaling or too little interferon signaling lead to increased risk for severe COVID-19. An imbalanced immune response appears to be the key to whether a person develops severe COVID-19...
Blog Image

Verticalization Of Healthcare == Opportunities For Startups

1399
Aug 10, 2020: More hospital consolidation is expected post-pandemic Jul 6, 2020: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity Withstands COVID-19 Slump Jun 22, 2020: After pandemic-induced delays, healthcare deals should speed up Headlines like these exemplify the ongoing...
Laptop monitor showing man wearing mask

Workers reach out for the best benefits plan

1733
Much has changed about healthcare over the last few decades. That makes it an even greater challenge to properly educate and enable employees before asking them to choose health benefits. “It’s really easy to run...
Blog Image

Why We Invested In Totient aka How AI Can Help Us Produce Drugs Against...

1876
On Sep 10, Totient, an AI-driven drug discovery company, emerged from stealth with the announcement of a key partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks to rapidly identify neutralizing antibodies against COVID-19. Totient has raised more than...
Blog Image

4 COVID Cell Therapies and the Companies That Are Making Them

1415
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of modern medicine’s greatest challenges with 20 million (and counting) confirmed cases worldwide. Drugs in development to treat infections span small molecules, vaccines, and antibody-based therapies. Apart from these...
Blog Image

AI And Medical Imaging Startups? 6 Key Trends

1978
Is “IBM Watson Health Imaging” the Future of Healthcare? Google details AI that classifies chest X-rays with human-level accuracy. New Research Finds FastMRI Scans Generated with Artificial Intelligence Are as Accurate as Traditional MRI. Headlines like these...