Europe’s digital health scene: to stay or go? (Rock Health guest contribution)
Is Europe an attractive region for health startups – or should we all ship off to Silicon Valley?
by Frank Boermeester
The digital health scene is on a roll, no doubt. But this is mainly a U.S. story. Have you heard of one European health startup that is really breaking through? Probably not. We know of Withings (a maker of personal body monitors) and Scanadu (developing personal diagnostic devices). To call Scanadu European would be a stretch – it has Belgian roots but set up shop in Silicon Valley at its founding. Will this export of talent and ideas to the U.S. be the fate of Europe’s digital health sector? Or will European stars like Skype and Spotify show us the way?