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We’ve made it to the end of June, and you know what that means: Today is your last day to submit nominations for our annual 30 under 40 list.

If this deadline snuck up on you — never fear. I’ll leave the form open for an extra day, so you have until the end of the day on July 1. Get your nominations in ASAP! 


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The man who built Aspire Health and sold it to health insurance giant Anthem for $440 million is launching a new venture to fix rural healthcare

  • Brad Smith, the founder of Anthem’s Aspire Health, has launched a startup to fix rural healthcare.
  • The startup, Main Street Health, wants to help rural doctors get paid for keeping patients healthy.
  • Main Street is launching with $26.6 million in funding from Oak HC/FT and Frist-Cressey Ventures.

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From birth-control delivery to online pregnancy care, here are the 9 highest-funded women’s-health startups

  • After Ro’s Modern Fertility deal, women’s-health companies are top of mind again in digital health.
  • Using PitchBook and Crunchbase, Insider found the nine highest-funded women’s-health startups.
  • All fall into three broader categories: online prescriptions, fertility, and online and hybrid care.

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A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021.


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Early findings indicate that mixing and matching coronavirus vaccines might improve your protection

  • Mixing Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses yields a greater immune response than two doses of AstraZeneca.
  • That’s according to early data from a UK study, though it hasn’t been peer reviewed yet.
  • One expert thinks it will be beneficial to get an mRNA booster after J&J’s single-dose shot.

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– Lydia