May 20, 2014
Today, days after the season finale, Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey announced his first-ever angel investment, for a health startup called CrowdMed.
CrowdMed helps patients with undiagnosed diseases get quicker and cheaper diagnoses.
“After meeting with several Silicon Valley healthcare startups, I was immediately drawn to CrowdMed’s mission of helping those who have run out of alternatives,” Dempsey said. “I remember being overwhelmed when my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer almost a decade ago, and I know how challenging it can be trying to make the best medical decisions for oneself or a loved one.”
The investment amount was not disclosed. Dempsey is also the founder of the The Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center for Hope & Healing, which offers free support and education to people living with cancer.
CrowdMed works by letting patients submit their difficult cases, which “medical detectives” – people with medical backgrounds – can review and diagnose. Multiple detectives might look at a case, harnessing the power of crowdsourcing. The service is free, although you can buy “expert case review” for $99 or offer a cash reward.
CrowdMed was founded by Jared Heyman, whose sister almost died from an undiagnosed illness that she had for three years. The Silicon Valley startup graduated from Y Combinator in Winter 2013, and Dempsey’s investment was part of a $2.4 million seed round of funding that also included NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Y Combinator, and SV Angel.
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