New Rock Health Startups Focus on Data, Sensors, Patients

San Francisco’s Rock Health startup accelerator unveiled its latest class of startups this week. It’s the fifth group admitted to the digital health program, which provides each of its companies with a $100,000 investment and four months of intensive entrepreneurship training, networking, and product design and development help.

The 11 companies are working on problems ranging from fitness monitoring to better drug development techniques. Halle Tecco, Rock Health’s founder and CEO, says the companies span at least three big themes: data tools (Amplify, Anapsis, Augmedix, Crixlabs, CancerIQ, Sensentia), sensors (Fluid, Lift Labs, Spire), and patient support (Smart Patients, Lift Labs, Thrive).

“This class represents the sort of companies we love—those aiming to reduce costs and improve care,” Tecco says.

Here’s the complete rundown of the new Rock Health companies, with descriptions provided by Tecco’s staff:

Amplify Health builds population management tools for at risk provider groups.

Anapsis is a research platform and marketplace for scientific and statistical computing.

Augmedix is a service for medical doctors that’s powered by Google Glass.

CancerIQ is harnessing big data to accelerate personalized cancer care.

Crixlabs builds software for de-risking drug development.

Fluid helps people diagnose the flu in minutes, without the doctor’s visit.

Lift Labs makes active stabilization tools for people living with tremor.

Sensentia is developing a new breed of intelligent systems for healthcare administration and operation.

Smart Patients is an online community for motivated cancer patients and their caregivers.

Spire is a wearable sensor that tracks both physical and psychological fitness to lower stress and increase productivity.

ThriveOn delivers mobile mental health programs from screen to treatment customized for every individual.

Rock Health also announced a coming change of scenery. Since its founding in 2011, the accelerator has been based in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood, but in the fourth quarter of 2013 it plans to move to new digs in the Mission Bay area, near the UCSF medical campus. The new first-floor space, at 455 Mission Bay Boulevard (near the corner of Third Street), will “have enough room for our startups as well as a community space for digital health meetups, events, and more,” according to an announcement on the Rock Health blog.

The 455 Mission Bay building is owned and managed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, which has just joined Rock Health as a corporate supporter, along with pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim and communications firm Ogilvy Public Relations.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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