Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy Invests in a Health Startup 

May 20, 2014

11:05 am

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. 

Patrick Dempsey angel investment

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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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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