West Health busy on digital health investment, sale front

The West Health Investment Fund, the for-profit which is part of the West Health combine, has invested further in Reflexion Health‘s Kinect-based physical therapy system [TTA 15 Jan 13] and sold off the Sense4Baby prenatal (fetal) monitor [TTA 8 Nov 10]. Both devices were spun out of the non-profit West Health Institute in 2012. Reflexion’s total from West Health Investment is $11.8 million between seed ($4.25 million) and now $7.5 million in Series A rounds. Their Vera physical therapy system uses interactive, video game style full-body exercises and instruction. It was originally piloted with the Naval Medical Center of San Diego and now is in test with Partners HealthCare in Boston and San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital. The Sense4Baby sale (undisclosed amount) was to AirStrip Technologies and covers the Sense4Baby assets plus the associated technology license from the West Health Institute. The investment fund had seeded Sense4Baby with $4 million in early 2013. Their sole commercial deployment was in the Netherlands. The fit with AirStrip is their clinical monitoring systems and their strength in prenatal monitoring. Sense4Baby already has both FDA 510(k) clearance and a CE mark. AirStrip indicates in their press release that Sense4Baby data will feed into AirStrip ONE, and that they will also seek home-based monitoring clearance. West Health’s moves are consistent with the more active angel/seed/Series A activity in digital health, and indicates that their concentration is on the early stages. Mobihealthnews on Reflexion Health, Sense4Baby. Sense4Baby press release. Reflexion Health release.

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