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Digital health firms raise $6.9 mn from VCs in Q2 FY15

9 deals reported in Q2 compared to none a year ago

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

The sector has attracted $6.9 million (VC) funds across nine deals during the second quarter of FY15, as compared to only one during the same period last year. There was only one transaction as compared to none a year ago, according to a report by Group, a global communications and research firm.

The report on funding and activities for the healthcare information technology/ sector said during the second quarter of 2015, the VC funding in the sector increased by 53 per cent, coming in at $1.2 billion in 138 deals this quarter out of which there were nine deals involving Indian raising a combined $6.9 million in four disclosed deals.

During the second quarter of 2014, while global VC funding in the digital health sector more than doubled with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, there was only one deal involving an Indian company. In the first quarter of 2015, the global VC funding in the sector dipped about 35 per cent, coming in at $784 million in 142 deals, out of which there were three deals involving Indian raising a combined $30.4 million.

Notable transactions during the second quarter of 2015 in India, according to Mercom Capital, includes 1mg (previously HealthKartPlus), an online price shopping and drug delivery company that allows users to search for medicines and get information on dosage, common uses, and warnings, raised $6 million from MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra, Sequoia Capital, Omidyar Network, Intel Capital and Kae Capital.

Cooey, a developer of health monitoring IoT app that intends to collect, store, analyse and provide insights of vital signs for patients, raised $470,000 from Digital Circuits President Subhash Goyal. AllizHealth, a provider of cloud-based wellness and preventive healthcare solutions, secured $350,000 from Aniruddha Malpani (the medical director at Malpani Infertility Clinic), Ranjan Pai (CEO and MD of the Manipal Education and Medical Group), Kishore Ganji (founder and CEO of Astir IT Solutions), entrepreneur-turned-serial investor Sanjay Mehta, and Prashant Choksey (founder and CEO of Choksey Constructions and co-founder of Mumbai Angels).

Chennai-based iMMi Life, a provider of advisory and recommendations services for ECG and heart problems, raised $80,000 from Unitus Seed Fund under the StartHealth Investment Program. HealthifyMe, a developer of a health and fitness mobile app, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Micromax. Healthians, an online healthcare marketplace that helps users discover affordable healthcare, using a quality and price transparency tool, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan Ventures, an early stage venture fund. MobieFit Technologies, a developer of a health and fitness mobile application, received seed funding from Prototyze.

Similarly, Hyderabad-based Truweight, a provider of weight loss counselling for people throughout India, raised an undisclosed amount from Kalaari Capital. Zoctr Health Network, a healthcare services company that allows users to buy health related packages and individual services online, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from a group of angels including Rajeev Agrawal, partner at Ambit Pragma Ventures.

Merger & acquisitions

There were 56 transactions (14 disclosed) in the Health IT sector during the first quarter of 2015 out of which there was one transaction from India, which did not disclose transaction amount.

Practo, a developer of a physician search engine to book appointments and rate providers and of practice management software, acquired FitHo Wellness, a developer of a mobile application for health and fitness management.

As far as M&A transactions are concerned, there were 53 M&A transactions (eight disclosed) in the health IT sector globally this quarter, out of which there was only one transaction from India, which did not disclose transaction amount. There were a record number of M&A transactions in the health care IT sector in Q2, 2014, with 57 transactions (12 disclosed). There were no M&A transactions based in India in Q2 2014.

First Published: Sat, July 11 2015. 22:41 IST
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