Insights

Thoughts, ideas and observations from our Venrock team

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Virta’s two-year results are a win for payers, providers and patients living with type 2 diabetes

As an investor, I use three heuristics to evaluate healthcare startups. Will the product or service… Improve dramatically a patient’s experience of care?Materially reduce the per patient cost of healthcare?Deliver meaningful health improvements for patients? This is no secret — the

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: "The Passion Paradox," Live from Lyra Health

Venrock Partner Bob Kocher sat down with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness in front of a live audience during the launch of their latest book “The Passion Paradox” at the offices of Lyra Health. They talked about cultivating a harmonious passion based on research that counters the conventional wi

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Part 2 The Obi-Wan Kenobi(s) of Health IT

Ed and Todd Park join Venrock’s Bryan Roberts to continue their conversation about fixing the big problems in healthcare. In the second part of our two-part episode, the Park brothers examine rewiring the healthcare stack for the inevitable shift to a value-based care paradigm. They talk about th

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by Bryan Roberts

2019 Healthcare Prognosis

For the third year running, our smart friends from across the healthcare industry helped us take the pulse of the health IT sector. Our respondents have correctly called both the survival of the Affordable Care Act (even without bugging Justice Roberts’ chambers) and the lack of tangible progress

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: The Obi-Wan Kenobi(s) of Health IT

Todd and Ed Park, serial entrepreneurs in health IT, sit down with Venrock partner Bryan Roberts to discuss their early experiences founding athenahealth. Todd and Ed look back at how the company evolved from a women’s health clinic to a provider of practice management services. Tune in to find o

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Born Politician

Kathleen Sebelius joins Venrock partner Bob Kocher for this episode of Running Through Walls. Kathleen is a former Governor of Kansas and was Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama. They discuss her upbringing in a political family, what led her to pursue a ca

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by Bryan Roberts

Attacking Biology’s Complexity with New Genomics Approaches

Our founding thesis at Illumina was straightforward: biology is extremely complex and to unravel that biology, and thereby dramatically impact human medicine, would require a much larger scale of experimentation at an exponentially cheaper cost per experiment. And it worked, sort of. For 20 years

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by David Pakman

Crypto Collectibles — The Second Consumer Blockchain Wave?

Photo by Frank Massa   As a kid I collected baseball cards. I actually still have them. I started buying packs of Topps and Fleer cards, moved on to trading them with friends, and then graduated to buying and selling at local hobby shops and baseball card conventions (that’s right, kids

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by Venrock

Running Through Walls: Serendipity and Success

Todd Brinton, cardiologist and co-founder of Shockwave, spoke with Venrock’s Colin Cahill to discuss his journey from studying bioengineering to starting medical device company Shockwave. He shares the ups and downs of applying to medical school, how he decided to veer off the traditional medical

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by Bob Kocher, MD

Devoted Health: Relationships & Purpose

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Probably the most rewarding part of venture investing is tackling difficult problems with great people (and then succeeding…).  Devoted Health is a textbook case.  An enormously important, yet hugely complex challenge – redesigning health care to be higher quali

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by Venrock

Devoted Health: Relationships & Purpose

By Bob Kocher and Bryan Roberts Probably the most rewarding part of venture investing is tackling difficult problems with great people (and then succeeding…). Devoted Health is a textbook case. An enormously important, yet hugely complex challenge – redesigning health care to be higher qualit

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by Ethan Batraski

A Radical New Paradigm in Quantum Computing, Venrock’s Investment into Atom Computing

In 1969, Venrock was one of the first investors in a crazy, misfit group of inventors building a company to reinvent ‘computers’. They named it Intel and what ensued kicked off the most innovative period in modern history. Fast forward to today, we are excited to announce our investment in