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Digital Health Investments In Israel Soar During Pandemic

Companies raised $1 billion in the first half of 2021, topping the amount invested in all of 2020.

Israeli digital health companies raised $1 billion in the first half of 2021, exceeding the entire amount invested in all of 2020.

This growth reflects the overwhelming interest in digital health investments since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Globally, $20 billion was invested in this sector in the first six months of 2021.

Here are key findings from a Start-Up Nation Central report on investments in Israel’s digital health sector:

  • Thirteen rounds exceeded $10 million in the first half of 2021.
  • The median round grew by more than 50 percent compared to last year, reaching $30 million for later-stage rounds and $5 million for early-stage rounds.
  • In the past, 80 percent of investments were in the remote monitoring, decision support and diagnostics spaces. In 2021, these sectors accounted for just 53 percent of the total.
  • Companies developing diagnostics solutions raised $328 million in the first half of 2021, slightly below the $348 million raised over the course of the full year 2020. Decision support attracted $236 million while digital therapeutics raised $147 million.
  • Four out of the six companies that raised the most in the second quarter of 2021 are offering business-to-consumer (B2C) or business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) solutions.
  • Nortal Vision’s $60 million Series D raise was the largest amount ever raised by an ophthalmology digital health company in Israel, and the fourth round in the Israeli ophthalmology space since the beginning of the year.
  • Among the largest rounds in the digital therapeutics sector were hypertension management system Hello Heart ($47 million) and AI-driven microbiome personalized nutrition company DayTwo  ($37 million).
  • Startup VIM, which provides more efficient ways to pay health-care providers, raised $36 million.
  • BreezoMeter, a company at the intersection of cleantech and digital health, raised an additional $30 million this year.
  • Cynerio, which does cybersecurity for health care, raised $30 million and launched its own health-tech VC operation.
  • Exits have been relatively sparse in 2021. PixCell Medical was acquired by a South Korean semiconductor company for an undisclosed amount. Pulse’n’More  went public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, raising $42 million.

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Edited by Judith Isacoff and Kristen Butler