Fenwick & West LLP

When investors survey the digital health sector today, they see nearly every number trending upward. There is more deal volume than VCs have seen in past years, with the third quarter of 2020 outpacing anything they’ve seen in the past by double-digit percentages. There are more veteran healthcare investors making bets in digital health, and there are more newcomers with little to no prior healthcare experience jumping in with both feet. Investment activity by corporates…
Virtual healthcare staked out exciting new ground with the recently announced $18.5 billion merger of telemedicine pioneer Teladoc Health and chronic disease management company Livongo. The deal illustrates the growing appetite among public-market investors for innovative healthcare solutions. Analysts at Rock Health likened the deal to a “starter pistol” that signals the beginning of a race—in this case, a race toward consolidation in a red-hot sector that has been maturing rapidly since the pandemic opened…
Venture investors are pleased to see digital health companies continue to transform the healthcare system despite unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for digital health startups broke records in the first half of 2020 as adoption of telemedicine and other remote programs spiked to meet the sudden surge in demand. But the future of digital health will be determined not just by consumers, technology developers and investors. Government agencies, insurers and public-market investors…
The spread of COVID-19 has created a defining moment for the digital health sector, as many products and services once considered “nice-to-haves” have transformed into necessities. Venture investors and company founders may be operating remotely but they are still hard at work, and the deal flow in the second quarter of 2020 reflects that. The first quarter of 2020 was a record-breaker, with billions of dollars raised by digital health startups across hundreds of…
Despite the changes and uncertainty rippling across the entire venture-backed startup ecosystem, the digital health sector saw its best first quarter since analysts began tracking its performance more than a decade ago, logging $3.1 billion across 107 deals, according to Rock Health. StartUp Health put the figure even higher, reporting $4.5 billion raised in health innovation funding. But these record-breaking numbers are not expected to hold up for the rest of 2020, researchers said.…