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Meet the newest members of the MATTER startup community

March 4, 2021

The newest MATTER startups are improving care for people living with chronic GI conditions, creating affordable sanitizing equipment, simplifying the vaccine process and more. Take a minute to meet them and see the heroic change in healthcare happening today.

Able Innovations Inc — Toronto, Ontario

Able Innovation’s mission is to develop innovative assistive mobility devices to improve health…

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Event recap: Fibroblast CEO Scott Vold shares his startup’s path to Acquisition by EMR giant Cerner

March 3, 2021

In 2010, Scott Vold was an attorney working 80 hour weeks, on the path to partnership — and completely miserable.

With no positive outlook on how that could change working in law, he decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship in one of the riskiest industries for startups: healthcare. Fast forward ten years, and Scott’s digital health startup Fibroblast is not only a success, but was rec…

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BRIDGE mentoring program spotlight: Lorenna Feliz Santos and Amanda Joseph

February 23, 2021

At the end of 2020, MATTER announced the launch of BRIDGE: a free mentorship program for entrepreneurs of color. The program aims to help address inequities in the healthcare entrepreneurial community by providing underrepresented founders with the building blocks they need to jumpstart their business journey — whether they’re looking to scale or just getting started. In the first three months …

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insights

Guest Post: How an AI-enriched mental health platform optimizes clinic workflows to provide qualified help for a greater number of patients

February 18, 2021

The CEO of OPTT shares his insights on a digital first approach to mental health

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear to mental health clinics that in-person sessions were no longer a viable solution. However, with the increased demand for behavioral health services and shortage of behavioral health workforce, even synchronous video sessions lacked practicality as a sustainab…

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Confronting social isolation and loneliness in older adults

February 17, 2021

Loneliness and social isolation have long been serious public health risks. The CDC estimates that at least one in four adults aged 65 and older are socially isolated, which correlates with an increased risk for chronic disease, stroke, anxiety, depression, dementia and premature death. All of these issues are exacerbated, given the need for us to remain physically distant in the time of the CO…

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