Vine Health, developer of an AI-enabled mobile app that helps cancer patients manage and understand their treatment and lifestyle, raised £1.2 million in a Seed funding round, according to a Medium.com post.
The funding was led by Playfair Capital, with participation from Entrepreneur First, Ascension Ventures, Tiny VC, and angel investors Simon and Michael Blakey and Pam Garside. Vine Health will use the funds to develop its platform and make key hires at its London-based headquarters.
Founded by Rayna Patel, a Cambridge-trained doctor and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur, and Georgina Kirby, a data scientist & former VP of leading health tech startup Touch Surgery, Vine is a digital health platform to support cancer patients during and after treatment.
Vine Health’s mobile app uses behavioral science and AI to increase the quality of life and survival of cancer patients. The app allows patients to track their medications, symptoms, mood, exercise, diet, side effects and activities. The App will also connect patients with other cancer patients.
Dr. Rayna Patel, CEO at Vine Health said: “Many people living with cancer feel isolated and unsupported, and traditional routes of delivering healthcare struggle to address these issues. It’s also imperative that we gather the necessary data to understand how cancer therapies affect not just survival, but quality of life, so that patients and doctors can weigh up this information to make informed decisions about their care. At Vine, our goal is to put patients back in control.”
Chris Smith, Managing Partner of lead investor Playfair Capital, said: “Rayna and Georgina are on a mission to revolutionize cancer care for patients across the globe and we’re thrilled to support them on their journey. This is exactly the kind of innovative early-stage business Playfair Capital wants to invest in and work hard to help grow and fulfil its huge potential.”
Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First, said: ““We are incredibly excited to have supported two such talented and driven female founders at such an early stage. This is a highly significant milestone in breaking the glass ceiling for women entrepreneurs.”