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Exclusive: Briya bags $11.5M for patient data exchange platform

Sep 19, 2023
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Briya, an Israeli-based, blockchain-secured patient data exchange platform, raised $11.5 in Series A funding, David Lazerson, co-founder and CEO of Briya, tells Axios exclusively.

Why it's the BFD: Increased and accelerated access to clinical data is paramount to improved and innovative care.

Details: Team8 led the round.

  • Other participants include existing investors Insight Partners and Amiti Ventures, as well as the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • The round brings the company to a total of $17 million in funding.

How it works: Briya connects clinics and hospitals with academic and pharmaceutical research teams, in a bid to optimize clinical trials, ensure regulatory compliance, and accelerate drug discovery.

  • The company facilitates retrieval of patient information by converting health care data into FHIR or OMOP standards and de-identifying queried data.
  • Briya's emphasis on privacy and security — versus making it "an afterthought" — stood out to Team8, says managing partner Assaf Mischari.
  • "Briya provides a complete solution that allows even small healthcare providers to collaborate with researchers," says Mischari.
  • "The automatic data discovery, harmonization, and baked-in privacy and security measures dramatically reduce the administrative and IT burden that, in many cases, prevents collaboration."

What's next: The fundraise has a runway of about two years. Proceeds will primarily help Briya accelerate U.S. expansion as it looks to partner with hospitals and providers.

  • While Briya is hyper-focused on growth now, Lazerson says he expects profitability will become more important after it raises a Series B.

The big picture: As noted above, the FDA continues to call for diversity in clinical trials. Briya is well-positioned to help life sciences organizations navigate that evolving framework, Mischari says.

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