Mid-week roundup: Pear assets fetch paltry $6M *updated*, Bright Health’s reverse stock split, Oracle Cerner loses hospital EHR share, Lifeforce health optimization scores $12M Series A

From a $1.6 billion valuation to $6 million in a bankruptcy court is sad. Pear Therapeutics‘ assets were sold at a bankruptcy court auction for $6 million. Even that took four bidders slicing themselves individual pieces.

  1. Nox Health Group of Atlanta ponied up the major bid of $3.9 million for Pear’s Somryst, their FDA-cleared insomnia treatment. Nox Health offers sleep-related treatments to employers and payers.
  2. Harvest Bio anted up $2.03 million for the ISF licenses and patents, plus Pear assets related to schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, depression, and the remaining pipeline projects. They also bought the corporate trademarks, the PearConnect commercial platform, and the rights to the FDA-cleared reSET and opioid-specific reSET-O programs. Editor’s view: with no discernable website or Crunchbase listing, Harvest’s purpose could be to buy themselves the core of a business. (See below for more)
  3. Click Therapeutics paid $70,000 for the patents that powered Pear’s platform, except Invention Science Fund (ISF) licenses and patents. Click is an NYC-based developer of digital therapeutics to treat migraine, smoking cessation, schizophrenia, depression, and more.
  4. WELT Corp. of Seoul, South Korea, put down $50,000 for Pear’s migraine-focused program. Samsung-backed WELT develops digital biomarkers tracked by smartphones and sensors to track, monitor, and predict health outcomes.

The court filing (PDF) is here. The hearing to finalize the approved bids took place yesterday (22 May) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The $6 million is nowhere near the $32 million in debt that Pear had on the books at the time of their Chapter 11 filing [TTA 13 Apr]. The $1.6 billion was the valuation of Pear at the time of its SPAC in December 2021 and Pear had raised over $400 million previously. Mobihealthnews, STAT

Update 30 May: The mysterious Harvest Bio LLC is now a little less mysterious with the tracking down by STATNews‘ Mario Aguilar that the signatory for the purchase of over $2 million in assets from Pear is none other than Pear’s former CEO, Corey McCann. @mariojoze. Brian Dolan on LinkedIn adds the tracks of a molto stealthy Boston-based funder, T.Rx, which is using a recently set up fund (1/23) to back up McCann’s bid. Former Pear exec (head of search, evaluations, and in-licensing), independent investor, and Zus Health investor Michael Langer appears to be a co-founder and managing director of T.Rx, according to Mr. Dolan. Zus Health raised $40 million back in March and is headed by former athenahealth head Jonathan Bush.

In other implosion news, Bright Health on Monday executed its reverse stock split buying itself time on the NYSE from delisting. The board and shareholders approved a 1:80 split. It is now trading as BHG1 and closed today (Tuesday 23 May) at $14.38. Bright is in real extremis–selling its California health plans, either fined or under investigation in four states, in a lawsuit over unpaid claims with SSM Health, and needing a quick $500 million to pay off their outstanding JP Morgan credit facility. Ouch.  [TTA 7 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 5 May  Mobihealthnews, Becker’s Payer Issues, Seeking Alpha    See 24 May update on their sale of Zipnosis

Oracle needs to execute a turnaround at Cerner. Stat. And it’s not just at the VA. KLAS Research in a report published today calculated EHR hospital market share by both location and hospital beds. Epic is running away with the core hospital market with a 39.5% market share while Oracle Cerner has 24.9%. The KLAS findings are access-restricted, but the publicly available toplines are that Epic is the only vendor with positive net change in hospital market share and beds, while Oracle Cerner has lost beds and gained share in small hospitals, losing large ones. Third ranked is Meditech with a 16.3% share. It’s not unthinkable to shrink out of this business. Once upon a time, GE Healthcare was a major player in this sector with Centricity–and exited back in 2015, retreating to specialty physician practices. Becker’s

In contrast, if it has some celebrity shine, money gets raised. Lifeforce closed a Series A round at what is now a strong amount–$12 million. It promises a clinically integrated approach to health optimization for longevity based on physical and psychological biomarker data, clinical expertise from doctors and health coaches, and validated interventions on a telehealth-based platform. Blood draws every three months are done by registered phlebotomists. It also markets nutriceuticals, peptides, and hormones as part of treatments to members. Co-founded by Dugal Bain-Kim, Peter Diamandis, and Tony Robbins, Lifeforce is endorsed by Serena Williams. The $12 million raise was co-led by M13 and Peterson Ventures with participation by Ridgeline Ventures, Rosecliff Ventures, and Seaside Ventures. The maintenance program starts at $349 for an initial baseline assessment and $129 per month for membership thereafter. However, when this Editor as a marketer sees claims in the release headline such as “World’s Most Effective Health Optimization Platform”, yellow flags start flying. Mobihealthnews, Lifeforce release

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