Telemedicine startup Nurx just lately closed a $36 million funding spherical led by Kleiner Perkins. As a part of the funding, Kleiner Perkins Basic Accomplice Noah Knauf is becoming a member of the startup’s board of administrators, together with Chelsea Clinton .
With this new funding, CEO and co-founder Hans Gangeskar advised TechCrunch that the startup plans to scale its medical groups, pharmacies and geographic attain within the coming 12 months.
“We have a new site in Miami where we have a team of nurses being on-boarded, [we’re] building out our engineering and design teams and really just [working to] increase the pace of everything that we’re doing,” Gangeskar stated.
The startup launched in 2014 with the purpose to make dependable entry to contraceptives as simple as opening your net browser. After plugging your info into its on-line app, customers are linked with physicians, given a prescription and Nurx prepares their product for supply.
Since its launch, this California-based startup now operates in 17 states, and has expanded its merchandise to incorporate not solely contraceptives (reminiscent of capsules, patches, injectables and merchandise like Nuva Ring) however the anti-HIV medicine PrEP as nicely. Gangeskar says the corporate can be getting ready to launch an at-home lab package quickly for HIV testing.
For Gangeskar, creating inexpensive entry to contraceptives is a primary step to altering how sufferers work together and obtain medicine from their physicians.
“Birth control is one of the fundamental functions of any health care system [so] for us its a natural place to start,” stated Gangeskar.
To assist advance its plans to redefine this house, Gangeskar says Nurx is worked up to welcome public well being veteran Chelsea Clinton to its board.
“Her expertise in public well being and world well being from the Clinton International Initiative has been actually worthwhile, [particularly learning about] rolling out preventative companies in massive scales, as a result of actually that’s the potential of our platform — [to reach] populations that may’t be reached by the standard medical system.”
Whereas Washington seems to be to make cuts to American’s healthcare entry, startups like Nurx supply a recent perspective on this vital house.