Healthcare Startups funded by Y Combinator (YC) in Boston 2024

May 2024

Browse 35 of the top Healthcare startups funded by Y Combinator. Headquartered in Boston, these are some of the hottest and fastest-growing startups.

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  • Ginkgo Bioworks
    Ginkgo Bioworks (s2014)Public • 641 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. We design custom organisms for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.
    synthetic-biology
    diagnostics
    automation
  • 1910 Genetics
    1910 Genetics (w2019)Active • 14 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    We are a biotechnology company integrating AI, computation and biological automation to accelerate the design of small molecule and protein therapeutics. Our mission is to decrease the timeline and cost of drug development, while improving the success rate of bring innovative medicines to patients in need. We have two drug discovery engines - ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ - that enable the design of both small molecule and protein therapeutics, an unmatched capability in the AI drug discovery space. Our therapeutic area-agnostic, end-to-end technology powers the full length of early drug discovery - from novel hit discovery to hit to lead, and lead optimization. We are currently applying our technology to drug discovery programs in several areas including, but not limited to, neuroscience, infectious disease, immunology and oncology.
    ai-powered-drug-discovery
  • Kern Systems
    Kern Systems (s2019)Active • 3 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    DNA has emerged as a compelling data storage medium due to its density, longevity, and eternal relevance compared to current memory technologies. However, the high price of synthesizing DNA remains a major bottleneck for adoption of this promising storage solution. We are pioneering new approaches to synthesizing DNA for data storage with enzymes and custom digital codecs. We are building an interdisciplinary team to build the world's most scalable information infrastructure in DNA. We seek technical experts in enzyme engineering, chemistry, hardware engineering, and information theory. We also seek business development to identify emerging markets for early use cases of our technology.
    genomics
    nanotechnology
  • Legacy
    Legacy (s2019)Active • 35 employees • New York, NY, USA
    **TL;DR:** Legacy (YC S19) is a startup focused on the fast-growing field of fertility and family planning. Founded at Harvard, the company has now raised $40M from leading investors like FirstMark Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Section 32, Tribe Capital, and even celebrities like Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and others. **What we're doing** We aim to change the outdated view that fertility is a "women's issue" by creating an accessible, affordable product for men & people with sperm. This includes everything from a mail-in kit for sperm testing & sperm freezing, personalized sperm improvement products, tele-health, DNA fragmentation analysis, supplements, and more. **Why are we the leader?** The company was founded at Harvard by a team of healthcare and fertility experts. We obsess about talent density and have out-executed our competitors over the past few years. Beyond our D2C channel, we've also unlocked: 1. Nationwide insurance coverage (10M+ lives) 2. Military contracts (Including the Navy SEALs and 15M+ veterans) 3. Employer offerings (Working with the top fertility benefit providers) **Tell me about the team** We're a team of about 30, extremely diverse (majority female, majority immigrants, strong LGBQTIA+ representation, age range of 25-65), and very values driven. Our 5 values are customer centricity, reliability, kindness, openness, and winning. Learn more about our values here: https://khaled-legacy.medium.com/legacys-values-and-why-they-matter-db116539d3da Learn more about our workplace here: https://khaled-legacy.medium.com/how-and-why-legacy-is-reinventing-workplace-benefits-9e5fda6cb863 Read about our mission to humanize the path to parenthood: https://khaled-legacy.medium.com/how-and-why-legacy-is-reinventing-workplace-benefits-9e5fda6cb863 Learn more about sperm and why it matters here: docsend.com/view/zkgk7ws
    fertility-tech
    consumer-health-services
    digital-health
    healthcare
    health-&-wellness
  • Apprentice Health
    Apprentice Health (s2018)Active • 6 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    We deploy location beacons to track the movements of patients and doctors, measure the inefficiencies in the doctors’ workflows, and then give the hospitals targeted recommendations on how to improve.
    healthcare
  • Perceptive Technologies
    Perceptive Technologies (w2020)Active • 25 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Stealth-mode, rapidly scaling, venture-backed startup at the vanguard of automated robotic surgery revolution -- just closed our Series A round. We are improving access to dental care in underserved populations by combining novel imaging technology with AI and surgical robotics to automate surgery in the $452B dental industry. We are bringing a new imaging modality to dentistry which can see inside teeth and below the gingiva all without the need for x-rays. AI is used to diagnose decay and plan treatment. Automated robotics reduces the time for surgery down to one minute, reducing patient discomfort and saving time and reducing cost for the dentist. YC 2020, Winner of the Forsyth DenTech 2021 CareCaptial award
    robotics
    health-tech
    medical-devices
    ai
  • Illuminant Surgical
    Illuminant Surgical (s2022)Active • 6 employees • Culver City, CA, USA
    Illuminant is helping surgeons perform safer and more efficient surgeries by projecting visual guidance directly on the patient’s skin. Using computer vision and low cost hardware, we can display patient-specific anatomical structures from preoperative medical images (e.g. CT scans), pre-operative annotations from planning, and real-time feedback, like needle depth and tool trajectory, as a surgeon operates. Our vision is to expand surgical navigation to underserved health systems and surgical specialties.
  • XGenomes
    XGenomes (w2019)Active • 6 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    At XGenomes, we are building a technology comprising novel biochemistry, hardware and algorithms for sequencing DNA. Our product will be streamlined: there is zero library preparation; we sequence directly on unadulterated single molecules of DNA; DNA extraction will be integrated with sequencing; there is no bioinformatics bottleneck. The sequence we produce will be of unprecedented accuracy due to several layers of in-built redundancy including the sequencing both strands of the double-helix concurrently. The sequence we produce will be complete, encompassing: structural as well as single nucleotide variants; long-range haplotype phase; the repetitive "dark matter" of the genome. The cost of goods (consumables) of sequencing will be <$10, which will allow us to price our product at a level that will help grow the market while still achieving >90% margin. We will start by offering access as a service to high value customers, which be followed by a razor and blade model of selling instruments and consumables.
    genomics
  • Medium Biosciences
    Medium Biosciences (s2021)Active • 6 employees • San Francisco, CA, USA
    We build AI models to create novel, high performing biomolecules faster. Our AI models simulate the biophysical properties of biomolecules and identify the most promising ones to be tested in the lab.
    ai-powered-drug-discovery
    machine-learning
    biotech
    ai
  • Helix Nanotechnologies
    Helix Nanotechnologies (w2017)Active • 16 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Technology finds information and delivers physical products to us almost instantly. mRNA does the same for biology. At HelixNano, we see a world where treatments are cheap, progress is decentralized, and you can modify biology at the push of a button. By focusing on mRNA improvements from first principles, we’re getting there faster than we thought. Experiments that used to take months or years can be done in weeks and cost thousands instead of millions. The rate limiting step for our progress is now scientific curiosity. Rigid hierarchies and top-down decisions will miss the magic. Some of our most powerful technologies started out as side projects of junior team members. At HelixNano, every individual scientist can have a massive impact on the company's direction. And the more diverse our team, the faster we’ll find the really cool ideas. We've started rolling out some of our new tech — moving a COVID-19 vaccine candidate for the immunocompromised towards the clinic, and testing an intervention with massive environmental impact. But we’re scientists at heart, and team focus is solidly on the horizon.
    artificial-intelligence
    biotech
    genomics
    nanotechnology
  • Zeta Surgical
    Zeta Surgical (s2019)Active • 10 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    We develop surgical navigation and robotics tools to make minimally invasive surgeries easier, faster and more accessible.
    artificial-intelligence
    medical-robotics
    augmented-reality
  • Brown Foods
    Brown Foods (w2022)Active • 4 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Brown Foods is a Stanford, Rice University and IIT Delhi alumni venture building the next-generation of food products. They are creating UnReal Milk- lab based, clean milk - extremely sustainable 'real milk' but made without any cows. Unlike any other option in the USD 22 billion dairy alternatives market today, it will be exactly similar to cow’s milk in terms of nutritional profile, taste, texture and could also be processed into butter, cheese and ice creams. They envision to disrupt the USD 700 billion conventional dairy market by giving the world its 1st 'cow free' real milk option, reducing the carbon footprint of milk by over 90% while being completely cruelty-free.
    cellular-agriculture
    biotech
    climate
    food-tech
  • Reverie Labs
    Reverie Labs (w2018)Active • 29 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    Reverie Labs is engineering next-generation, brain-penetrant cancer therapies.
    ai-powered-drug-discovery
    machine-learning
    biotech
  • Kernal Biologics
    Kernal Biologics (s2020)Active • 20 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    Kernal Bio creates mRNA 2.0 therapies that instruct specific cells on how to make their own medicine. Kernal Bio encrypts mRNA’s “message” in a language that only cancer cells understand. These tumor-specific mRNA therapeutics allow precise targeting of cancer cells, without harming normal cells or tissues. They have recently been validated in preclinical tumor models, showing high efficacy and safety as well as durable adaptive immunity. With roots at MIT, Harvard and Biopharma, Kernal’s management team has deep expertise in mRNA therapeutics space. CEO Yusuf Erkul, M.D., M.B.A. is a successful drug hunter whose research at Merck enabled an FDA-approved drug for ovarian cancer. President, Burak Yilmaz, M.S., previously founded Sentegen, a thriving synthetic biology company which commercializes synthetic DNA, RNA, and diagnostic kits for genetic and infectious diseases. VP of BD, Matt Strout, M.D. Ph.D., M.B.A, is a business development executive who led more than $4.5B worth of BD deals at Alexion and AstraZeneca. VP of R&D Manfred is a leader in immuno-oncology, who was most recently Scientific Senior Director at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).
    biotech
    genomics
  • OpenBiome
    OpenBiome (w2020)Active • 70 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    We are a nonprofit stool bank, expanding safe access to fecal transplants and catalyzing research on the human microbiome.
    nonprofit
  • Promakhos Therapeutics
    Promakhos Therapeutics (s2021)Active • 2 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    We are building a platform of bacterial molecules to awaken our body’s innate ability to control inflammation and heal. Our first indication is Crohn’s Disease, which affects over 500,000 Americans at an annual cost of $10B. After Crohn's disease, we are going for type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis.
    therapeutics
  • TetraScience
    TetraScience (s2015)Active • 100 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    TetraScience provides the world’s first and only R&D Data Cloud, with a mission to transform life sciences R&D, accelerate discovery, and improve human life. Scientists at global pharma and biotech organizations rely on our innovative Tetra Data Platform for easy access to centralized, harmonized, and actionable scientific data to accelerate their digital lab transformation. With best-in-class SaaS performance, a team of industry innovators, and excellent product/market fit, Tetra is positioned to become an iconic life sciences software company.
    saas
    data-engineering
  • Nephrogen
    Nephrogen (s2020)Active • 1 employees • New York, NY, USA
    We're building curative gene therapies for kidney diseases. Our initial focus is on polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which affects 600,000 Americans and has no effective treatment or cure.
    gene-therapy
    crispr
    biotech
  • Nabla Bio
    Nabla Bio (s2020)Active • 8 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Our mission is to enable pharmaceutical and biotech companies to bring more antibody therapies to patients. Using AI and massively parallel experimentation, we design antibodies that precisely bind the disease target at the right location, while minimizing manufacturability and toxicity risks. We are a well-funded, revenue-generating, bilingual company of wet- and dry-lab scientists, and are founded by AI and protein design experts from Harvard University.
    ai-powered-drug-discovery
  • AOA Dx
    AOA Dx (s2021)Active • 25 employees • Denver, CO, USA
    AOA Dx is developing the next frontier in early-stage cancer detection for women through our pioneering work in glycolipids and proprietary biomarker technology.
    healthcare
    diagnostics
    women's-health
  • Fortuna Genomics
    Fortuna Genomics (w2022)Active • 1 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    Fortuna Genomics employs methods from revolutionary genomics studies to non-invasively assess embryo traits, enabling parents to optimize their children's innate qualities without the need for gene editing. Through comprehensive genetic screening and forecasting, it empowers families to make informed decisions, optimizing their child’s well-being and capabilities from conception. With the convergence of advancements in genomic technologies, association studies, and sequencing efficiency, we are at a unique inflection point where such services can become widely accessible and impactful. Accurately predicting complex traits from genetic markers involves sophisticated models that must account for the interplay between countless biological and statistical factors. Our team is well-equipped to tackle this problem and make every parent's dream a reality by allowing them to give their children the best possible start in life.
    fertility-tech
    biotech
    genomics
  • Torpedo Therapeutics
    Torpedo Therapeutics (w2022)Active • 5 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    We are building high-precision implantable neuromodulation devices that can sense and stimulate neural activity in the brain with the goal of transforming the efficacy and adoption of deep brain stimulation (DBS), an existing FDA-approved therapy used to treat Parkinson’s, essential tremor and epilepsy.
    neurotechnology
    medical-devices
    biotech
  • Pirouette Medical
    Pirouette Medical (s2021)Active • 9 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    At Pirouette, we have developed a low-profile, disk-shaped, rugged injection device with a patient-centric focus on affordability, portability, and usability. The patented device, based on extensive patient input, is designed to make administering an injection as easy as pushing a button. This allows individuals with limited or no training to easily and intuitively perform an injection on themselves or others.
    health-tech
    medical-devices
  • SiPhox Health
    SiPhox Health (s2020)Active • 25 employees • Burlington, MA, USA
    We are developing a new paradigm for consumer health tech wearables by replacing a 100lb optical instrument with an area of silicon smaller than a postage stamp.
    hard-tech
    biometrics
    nanosensors
    health-tech
    health-&-wellness
  • Reviving Mind
    Reviving Mind (w2022)Active • 3 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Navigating chronic illness is an isolating and lonely process which ultimately reduces medical adherence and adversely impacts outcomes. There are over 100 deadly chronic conditions as 1 out of 2 Americans is currently living with at least 1 chronic condition. The US healthcare system has over $1 trillion dollars in direct costs. Medical adherence rates for therapeutic programs and medicine are only 50% because patients feel lonely, isolated, and unsupported in their chronic illness journey. Reviving Mind is an in-network telehealth provider that improves clinical outcomes and program adherence for the senior medicare and medicare-advantage population that is plagued with loneliness and chronic illness. This is done through a novel and proprietary clinical program and technology platform that integrates virtual, private, curated, and professionally led groups that scale up to 8-patients with individualized and goal oriented lifestyle medicine coaching that is automated but managed by a licensed provider. Scaling rapidly across the United States.
    consumer-health-services
    digital-health
    healthcare
    telemedicine
  • Guardian Bio
    Guardian Bio (s2022)Active • 2 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Your immune system is your body’s best weapon and defense against cancer. It is only when it is overcome that cancer develops into full blown disease. Dendritic cells sit at the helm of the immune system, directing and dictating immune responses. Data has shown dendritic cells are often dysfunctional in cancer patients, and that this dysfunction is a bottleneck for other therapies. Guardian Bio’s approach is focused on creating a dendritic cell-based product which drives anti-tumor activity through activating the killers of the immune system AND training them against multiple cancer targets. We take stem cells from cancer patients, turn them into specific therapeutic dendritic cells specially trained against that patient’s tumor, and re-introduce them back into the body. Our therapeutic dendritic cells revitalize the killers of the immune system and give them the kickstart they need to fight - and win - against cancer.
    biotech
    healthcare
    therapeutics
    oncology
  • PostEra
    PostEra (w2020)Active • 34 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    PostEra is building a modern 21st century biopharma. We're using our advances in machine learning to accelerate Medicinal Chemistry and bring more cures to patients. PostEra advances small molecule programs through partnerships with biopharma while also advancing its own internal pipeline. We've raised $26M from top investors and closed $1Bn in AI partnerships, signing multi-year agreements with Amgen, Pfizer and the NIH. PostEra also launched and led the world's largest open-science drug discovery effort; COVID Moonshot.
    ai-powered-drug-discovery
    machine-learning
    covid-19
  • WhiteLab Genomics
    WhiteLab Genomics (w2022)Active • 25 employees • Paris, France
    We have developed an AI platform enabling to accelerate the discovery and the design of genomic therapies such as Cell Therapies, RNA Therapies and DNA Therapies.
    artificial-intelligence
    gene-therapy
    cell-therapy
    genomics
  • Kiwi Biosciences
    Kiwi Biosciences (s2021)Active • 8 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    Kiwi Biosciences can help 18M Americans suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) enjoy a normal meal without running to the bathroom two hours later. We develop novel, patent-pending enzymes that break down common digestive triggers in food.
    biotech
    food-tech
  • Pledge Health
    Pledge Health (w2023)Active • 2 employees • New York, NY, USA
    Pledge automates patient billing for independent healthcare clinics. We estimate how much insurance will cover for each visit, so clinics can charge patients at the time of service, rather than waiting weeks for insurance to process.
    fintech
    saas
    health-tech
    b2b
    workflow-automation
  • Volta Labs, Inc.
    Volta Labs, Inc. (w2019)Active • 50 employees • Cambridge, MA, USA
    Volta Labs is a genomics applications company that has developed a cutting-edge digital fluidics platform to maximize performance and scalability of sample preparation in genomics while providing unparalleled consistency. Volta is transforming the way biological research and analyses are performed, allowing scientists to focus on what they do best -- pushing the boundaries of biology. As a collective of scientists and builders working at the intersection of engineering and biology, we imagine a world where extracting vital information from biological samples is as simple as pressing a button. That's our vision, and we're turning it into reality. Our HQ is in Boston’s Seaport, where we develop and manufacture our technology. We believe in cross-functional collaboration and continuous learning – whether your interest is in biology, MechEng, CompEng, or simply joining a fast-growing startup striving to make the world a better place, we'd love to welcome you to our team. Check out some of our blog posts to learn more about work life at Volta.
    hard-tech
    hardware
    robotics
    genomics
    biotechnology
  • Medumo
    Medumo (w2018)Acquired • 12 employees • Boston, MA, USA
    We’re a group of Harvard and Yale-trained physicians, engineers, designers, and social entrepreneurs who came together to transform care delivery. Medumo’s CareTours™ enable healthcare organizations to effectively provide turn-by-turn guidance to patients without disrupting workflow by utilizing automated, precisely-timed messages sent via text and email. - Dramatically improve procedural completion rate - Increase referral conversion - Reduce staff burden - Recover revenue loss Want to get started in automating patient navigation for your Hospital, ASC, or Practice? We serve all specialties. Reach out to our leadership team for a brief chat or full presentation. Bob Smith - Director Strategic Partnerships Bob@medumo.com Cell # is 502-744-2911 EST
    healthcare
    healthcare-it
  • Fairway Health
    Fairway Health (w2023)Acquired • 3 employees • New York, NY, USA
    Fairway Health is an AI-assistant for health insurers to quickly process patient treatment authorizations. We use LLMs to analyze long (70+ page), messy medical records and determine if a patient is eligible for a treatment.
    health-tech
    b2b
    healthcare
    health-insurance
    ai