SoftBank-led funding triples health start-up Biofourmis’s valuation

Bloomberg September 3 | Updated on September 03, 2020 Published on September 03, 2020

The start-up predicts problems for patients with heart conditions

SoftBank Group Corpled a $100-million investment in Biofourmis, nearly tripling the valuation of a software start-up that predicts problems for patients with heart conditions.

SoftBank’s financing came from the Vision Fund 2, a successor to the Japanese giant’s initial $100 billion fund. Existing backers EDBI of Singapore, MassMutual Ventures, Openspace Ventures and Sequoia Capital also joined the Series C round.

The investment round valued the company at more than $700 million, up from about $250 million previously, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the information is private. A company spokesman declined to comment on its valuation.

Digital solutions

Biofourmis, which was founded in Singapore before relocating its base to Boston, uses artificial intelligence to provide personalised care. It plans to use the capital to develop digital solutions across cardiology, respiratory, oncology and pain management for patients in the US, China and Japan, said Chief Executive Officer Kuldeep Singh Rajput in an interview.

“We believe Biofourmis is a leader in using AI and machine learning-based solutions to advance digital therapeutics,” said Greg Moon, Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers.

Rajput, who turns 29 this month, said he was not planning to raise capital after closing a $35 million Series B round in May 2019. But SoftBank contacted him after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic really fast-forwarded the need for virtual monitoring of patients remotely at home, and we were able to customise our platform to monitor patients with Covid-19 in five countries,” said Rajput. “SoftBank had been following this, and in May and June we met up with them and they opened up multiple opportunities.”

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Published on September 03, 2020
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