Longevity Network
  • Aug 26, 2017
  • Hilary Lefebvre, The Longevity Network

Q: Why are there so few unicorns in the health startup sector?

Recently on The Longevity Network, we’ve covered various opinions on why digital health startups often face a much harder road than their counterpart consumer tech startups. Reasons range from an entrenched healthcare culture (including lack of true collaboration), extensive regulation hurdles and the pesky problem of who pays. But they also include various accounts of unreasonable or misguided expectations among investors. Some of our coverage has included pondering why there are so few digital health ‘unicorns’ and why that measure of success itself is out of step with healthcare innovation.


Well, primarily is because it is a green field that has had no really home run hitters as of yet. Once there is one, I am sure the floodgates will open wide with new and innovative startups or at least some creative ones that get huge valuations.

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