Top 4  health technology start-ups in Silicon Valley

Top 4 health technology start-ups in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley, nestled in the southern San Francisco Bay area, is the birthplace of hundreds of the most innovative health technology start-ups in the world. Rapid technological advancement makes this an incredibly exciting place to work, and a source of much hope for patients who will benefit from healthcare that’s more accessible than ever before. Ideas that were once outlandish ‘science fiction’ are fast becoming reality, and mHealth is advancing at such a rate that personalised healthcare is at the end of patients’ fingertips.
Below are just a few exciting health tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, breaking new ground in artificial intelligence, machine learning, mHealth, digital therapeutics and genomic technologies, to combat some of the biggest healthcare challenges in the world.


The child of tech giant, Alphabet, Verily Life Sciences is developing innovative tools to collect and organise health data in a way that will help clinicians diagnose and treat disease earlier, saving lives. The company is collaborating with many other companies, such as Novartis’ subsidiary Alcon, to co-create a number of sensors, bioelectric medicines and surgical robots to bring a more precise and effective treatment for patients. Verily is also attempting to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease with their Personalized Parkinson’s Project, which uses advanced brain imaging and wearable technology to analyse movement in patients and support research programmes to develop better treatments for the disease.

Owlet Baby Care

Owlet Baby Care was formed by a team of parents in 2013 to help new parents deal with the anxieties and challenges of taking care of a new-born baby. The company’s primary product is the Owlet Smart Sock which monitors a baby’s heart beat and oxygen levels while they sleep. The sock lets parents know when everything’s fine, but alerts them to any changes in breathing or oxygen levels. Not only has this product proven to relieve anxiety in 96% of parents, but additional insights available on the easy-to-use app helps them analyse their child’s sleeping cycles and create the healthiest habits for them going forward.


Health and fitness health tech start-up, ShapeScale, uses 3D imaging to help people track their fitness progression as they try to replace fat with muscle. The flagship product is a scale that scans the entire body, taking a series of images to create a photorealistic 3D image that allows a person to visualise the subtle changes in their body measurements, lean mass and body fat percentages. All of this information is collated on their personalised ScaleShape app, enabling them to see even the most minute changes, to help them pinpoint areas of improvement and keeping them on track with their health and fitness goals.


AliveCor is a health tech start-up operating in the heart monitoring mHealth and wearables space. It already has an FDA-approved ECG reader that was developed to detect an irregular heartbeat. AliveCor is in steep competition with Apple, who recently released the newest version of the Apple Watch complete with an integrated ECG reader. However, AliveCor is likely to regain the competitive edge with the impending FDA-approval of its 6-lead ECG reader that will be able to detect a rare yet life-threatening blood condition called hyperkalaemia. It is thought that this new device could soon be able to pick up on around 100 diseases and abnormalities, including ST evaluation which could detect the onset of a heart attack and save patients’ lives by getting them to the hospital much earlier.


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