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Daniel Ek’s Neko Health raises M for preventative healthcare through full-body scans

Daniel Ek’s Neko Health raises $65M for preventative healthcare through full-body scans

[ad_1] Neko Health, the health tech startup co-founded by Spotify co-creator Daniel Ek, has raised €60 million ($65 million) in its first external round of funding. The Series A round was led by Lakestar, with participation from Atomico and General Catalyst. Founded out of Sweden in 2018 by Ek and Hjalmar Nilsonne, Neko Health exited stealth back in February with the lofty promise of preventative healthcare via full-body scans backed by AI software that help doctors detect skin conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, among other metabolic syndromes. Each scan apparently takes around 10 minutes and costs €250, according to the company, and is followed by an in-person consultation where the results are explained. Neko Health scan Image Credits: Neko Health The Stockholm-headquartered company claims a team of 35 doctors, researchers, and technicians spread across Europe, and it has a waiting list for people seeking full-body scans out of its inaugural clinic in Stockholm. “Healthcare costs are spiraling out of control — we believe preventive health will be key to reversing this trend,” Neko Health …

Neko, Daniel Ek’s next play, is another spin on preventative healthcare

Neko, Daniel Ek’s next play, is another spin on preventative healthcare

[ad_1] Make room for yet another preventative health play: Spotify founder Daniel Ek officially confirmed rumors of his new “health tech” startup, Neko, Friday by quietly kicking off a body scanning service in Sweden (via Tech EU) after four years of stealthy development. Ek has long expressed a personal interest in tackling a “screwed up” healthcare system, as he put it to the Financial Times almost a decade ago. He has also put some money where his mouth is — investing in Swedish telehealth platform, Kry, for example. But dabbling as an investor evidently has not stopped him from wanting to get hands-on too — as one of two co-founders for Neko Health (the other being Hjalmar Nilsonne, whose prior startup focused on energy data analysis). Neko declined TechCrunch’s request for an interview about what it’s building — saying it’s not doing any international media at this point. But in a post on LinkedIn, the startup announced the official launch of a proprietary “non-invasive” body scanning service at its first “health center” in central Stockholm. …