StartUPDATES: New developments from healthcare startups

Read news from healthcare and life science companies including HealthMine, Zus Health, Sema4 and more.

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HealthMine is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Zing Health, an innovative, tech-enabled Medicare Advantage insurance company. The Zing Health & Wellness program and app, powered by HealthMine, will help engage members in their healthcare, address social determinants of health, and close gaps in care, all leading to better outcomes and overall experience.

“We can offer wonderful plans and services but if our members are not using them, they are not receiving the most benefit,” said Zing Health CEO and Founder Dr. Eric E. Whitaker. “HealthMine will help us engage our members to make the most use of their benefits.”

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Sema4 has appointed Andrew Kasarskis to the new role of Chief Data Officer. In his role,  his duties include establishing additional structures and processes to further optimize the company’s health analytics platform and orchestrating data use and data science to support research, development, and innovation. He previously served as Chief Data Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System.

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Ochre Bio has closed a $9.6 million seed funding round to advance the development of its RNA therapies and expand its phenotyping platform to identify and validate new targets for treating chronic liver disease.

Khosla Ventures led the round, with participation from Backed VC, Apollo Health Ventures, Selvedge, Hoxton and Hermes-Epitek.

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Zus Health, led by Founder and CEO Jonathan Bush who also co-founded athenahealth, has closed a $34 million Series A round. Andreessen Horowitz led the funding round with participation from F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, Rock Health, Martin Ventures and Oxeon Investments. The health IT company seeks to provide a platform for healthcare companies to improve the way healthcare data is shared.

Other athenahealth veterans that are part of the new company include Evan Grossman, COO, Prakash Khot, Chief Strategy Officer, and Joel Turner, Vice President of Engineering.

Four companies are using Zus’s platform, according to a press release: Cityblock Health, Dorsata, Firefly Health and Oak Street Health.

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