Startups with approach/expertise for monitoring & tracking of COVID-19 pandemic 2020

More and more startups from all sectors and industries are offering their help and expertise to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The graph shows some examples of these startups that offer solutions to monitor, track, and test the novel virus. The startups are ranked by their current funding amounts.

BlueDot: The Canadian startup uses machine learning to monitor outbreaks of infectious diseases worldwide. The company was able to detect the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as early as late December and informed its clients on December 30, 2019 about an unusual amount of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. This was nine days before the World Health Organization officially flagged the disease as COVID-19. In the past BlueDot has been successful in predicting that the Zika virus would spread to Florida in 2016 and that the Ebola outbreak in 2014 would leave West Africa.

Metabiota: The artificial intelligence startup provides a database for infectious diseases and a model to detect and forecast high- and low-proability outbreaks and epidemics. The company created a near-term forecasting model of the coronavirus at the end of February, naming China, Japan, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, United States, Taiwan, Australia, and the Philippines as countries at-risk.

NURX, Carbon Health, and EverlyWell: The three US-based startups from the healthcare services segment (telehealth, at home testing, services) had started or planned to offer at home test kits for COVID-19 through mail order in the United States. As of March 24, 2020 all of them have stopped offering the tests after a warning was issued from the Food and Drug Administration.

Ro: Ro is a direct-to-consumer healthcare technology company providing services such as online diagnosis and delivery of medication. The comapny has launched a free digital assessment for COVID-19. The service asks people about their symptoms and, if necessary, connects the user with a doctor for further consultation through a video call.

Scanwell Health: The California-based startup's main offering is app-based testing and screening for urinary tract infections. It now has announced that it is working on an at-home COVID-19 diagnostic service and that it aims to make the service available in six to eight weeks (as of March 23, 2020).

Vocalis Health: The Israeli startup is exploring the possibility of using voice-based testing for detecting screening and monitoring COVID-19 symptoms.The company has developed a platform that utilizes artificial intelligence by using voice recordings for health monitoring. The goal is to potentially identify the unique vocal "fingerprint" of COVID-19.

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Selected startups providing solutions and expertise for monitoring and tracking during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020 (Funding in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

June 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2020

Supplementary notes

*Selected startups based on editorial research with no claim to completeness. Infomration in brackets denotes type service, year the startup was founded and its location).
Web links for the funding amounts below:
Ro
NURX
EverlyWell
Metabiota
Carbon Health
BlueDot
Vocalis Health
Scanwell Health

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