Rock Health, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator focused on companies at the intersection of healthcare and digital technology, presented its latest class of startups to the world yesterday in a demo day session at UCSF’s Genentech Hall.
The 10 companies in this batch—Rock Health’s fifth since its founding in 2011—are working on technologies as diverse as hardware (Lift Labs is building an assistive device to compensate for tremor in Parkinson’s Disease patients), wearables (Augmedix is making a Google Glass interface for doctors, while Spire is developing a wearable respiration monitor for stress reduction), cancer care (CancerIQ helps hospitals share data on treatment trends, while Smart Patients has created an online community for cancer patients) and data handling and analysis (Anapsis helps data scientists share algorithms while Amplify Health roots through patient data to find areas where physician networks and employers could save money).
Some of the entrepreneurs behind the latest Rock Health companies switched into digital health from more traditional areas of software, Web, or mobile technology; others have spent their whole careers in healthcare or the life sciences. Most of the companies are in active fundraising mode, though they’ve already raised a collective $5.5 million in seed funding, according to Rock Health.
Rock Health founder Halle Tecco shared two pieces of news from Rock Health itself. For the first time, the accelerator has created a special investment fund that will put an equal amount of money into each of the 10 graduating companies. Rock Health says it’s seeking up to 100 accredited investors to become limited partners in the fund, which it formed in partnership with AngelList.
Also, Tecco said Rock Health is set to leave its Chinatown office and move into fancy new quarters in the Mission Bay district—on the ground floor of a research building currently occupied by life sciences companies like Nektar and Bayer—in December.
Here’s an alphabetical list of the companies that presented yesterday, with links to their websites, where available. See the captions in the slideshow above for more details. Thanks to Rock Health for providing several of the photos.
Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy.