This week in Healthcare: AI-based Precision solutions to solve critical COVID problems

Adventhealth, Berg Tap AI Technology To Reduce Mortality In COVID-19 Patients. 
Berg AI platform will provide info on why obesity conditions leave people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Read More>>

Catapult Health Partners With Quest Diagnostics For Preventative Care And Testing. 
The partnership will enhance near site office visits, telehealth, and at-home preventative care kits. Read More>>

Unitedhealth Group Names Matthew W. Friedrich Chief Legal Officer. 
Friedrich, general counsel, chief corporate affairs officer and secretary at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, will succeed Marianne D. Short. Read More>>

Telemed Startup K Health Partners With Mayo Clinic, Closes $42M Funding Round
The new investment raises K Health’s total funding to $139.3 million. Read More>>

Texas Health is Revolutionizing Urgent Care. 
The health system is investing $44 million in the launch of 20 Texas Health Breeze Urgent Care clinics over the next year. Read More>>

Scripps, Kaiser Permanente Extend Cardiovascular Partnership.
Under the five-year comprehensive agreement, Scripps will continue to be the exclusive provider of cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. Read More>>

Suki Announces Expanded Leadership Team. 
Senior Hires Across Operations, Sales, and Engineering Will Support Continued Commercial Growth. Read More>>

Syneos Health Names Larry A. Pickett Jr. Chief Information & Digital Officer. 
Pickett is a senior leader with 30 years of technology, process and P&L expertise, leading large, and enterprise-wide technology initiatives. Read More>>
Ultrasound Maker Butterfly Network Has Announced A $1.5 Billion Merger Plan With The Longview Acquisition Corp.
The partnership will bring more Butterfly innovative solutions to market faster and improve patient outcomes. Read More>>

Medtronic Completes Acquisition Of Medicrea. 
This is Medtronic’s seventh acquisition completed in 2020 and furthers Medtronic’s strategic expansion into AI, machine learning and predictive analytics. Read More>>

Lifescan Partners With Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. To Launch The Canadian Retailer’s First Digital Diabetes Management Pilot Program. 
The program aims to simplify diabetes management with the support of an AI/data-driven digital diabetes coach and a store-based pharmacist. Read More>>

Lead Pharma And Roche Enter €260m Collaboration Agreement. 
The collaboration is committed to advancing innovative science and transformative medicines for people affected by different immune-mediated diseases. Read More>>

3M Names First Chief Equity Officer. 
James Momon will join 3M on Dec. 15 as VP of equity & community and chief equity officer as 3M looks to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice both inside and outside the company.  Read More>>

Thermo Fisher Scientific Elects New Director To Board.
R. Alexandra “Alex” Keith is the CEO of Procter & Gamble’s (“P&G”) global Beauty business, and in her current role, she oversees a $13 billion business with 10,000 employees around the world. Read More>>

Avicenna AI Announces Partnership With Canon Medical Systems. 
The partnership is aimed at delivering a fully integrated stroke detection artificial intelligence (AI) solution. Read More>>
Merck Buys Oncoimmune for $425 Million To Gain Covid Drug.
The acquisition will help Merck accelerate the development of CD24Fc, a candidate for treating patients with severe and critical COVID-19. Read More>>

Grifols’ $60.2 Million Acquisition Of Stake In medkeeper. 
In 2018, Grifols acquired a 51 per cent stake in the U.S. firm MedKeeper. Now, Grifols has purchased the remaining 49 per cent stake for US$60.2 million. Read More>>

Roche To Invest ₩170 Billion To Establish Precision Medicine Ecosystem.
The accord is the first case of an investment agreement between a Korean government agency and a global pharmaceutical company in precision medicine. Read More>>

Pfizer And LianBio announce Strategic Collaboration To Expand Development Of Novel Therapeutics In Greater China. 
The collaboration is aimed at developing and commercializing transformative pharmaceutical products in Greater China. Read More>>

Bayer Looks To Digital Partnerships To Expand Efforts In Cardiometabolic Care, Oncology And Women’s Health. 
Bayer’s initiative, G4A Digital Health Partnership Program, provides resources to experienced and new digital health companies. Read More>>

Corcept Therapeutics Appoints Gillian M. Cannon, Phd, To Board Of Directors. 
Dr. Cannon brings to Corcept more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where she has served in leadership roles at Merck and Co. Inc., UCB Inc. and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Read More>>

PRA Health Sciences Appoints Senior FDA Official To Lead New Global Center Of Excellence For Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy. 
Dr. Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez brings vast expertise in regulatory compliance and clinical research methodology to PRA’s industry-leading DCT practice. Read More>>
Confluence by Zinnov
The latest edition of Zinnov Confluence – Confluence Europe – has the overarching theme Engineering A Post-Pandemic World.’   

The theme centers around the key dimensions of people, process, technology, and business that will enable companies to be ready to succeed in a post-COVID-19 world. 
Vijay Swaminathan, CEO & Co-Founder, Draup, will be presenting a keynote talk on Reskilling for Relevance, where he will share rich insights on how companies need to rethink talent strategies to help redefine and reimagine their business outcomes.  

Read the blog here>>  

Vamsee Tirukkala, COO & Co-Founder, Draup will moderate a Fireside Chat on Ambition.Readiness.Acceleration – Driving Globalization ROI from 3.40 pm to 4.00 pm CET.

Register here for the event
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