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Alphabet向医保创企Oscar Health增投3.75亿美元

谷歌母公司Alphabet向下一代健康保险公司Oscar Health投资了3.75亿美元。谷歌长期以来一直都是这家成立已六年的纽约公司的支持者,此前曾通过其Capital G投资部门和Verily健康与生命科学研究部门投资过Oscar。

“Alphabet多年来一直在投资Oscar,并密切关注该公司及其团队。我们很高兴进一步投资,以帮助Oscar进入下一个发展阶段,”一位Alphabet发言人表示。

这家健康创企曾于3月份获得了1.65亿美元的融资,当时的估值约为30亿美元。新一轮融资的估值类似,但Alphabet会在Oscar占有10%的股份。这笔交易也让谷歌的长期雇员和前首席执行官Salar Kamangar加入了Oscar的董事会。

Oscar联合创始人兼首席执行官Mario Schlosser在接受采访时宣布了这一消息:“我们可以雇佣更多的工程师,我们可以雇佣更多的数据科学家,更多的产品设计师,更聪明的临床医生,他们可以用不同的方式来思考医疗保健。最让我们着迷的是产品路线图的加速。第二,更具体的一点是,我们正在推出新的产品线。”

产品扩张的一部分包括在2020年进入Medicare Advantage,这与个人和雇主保险市场上的现有产品有所不同。Oscar最初是为个人提供保险的,在推出Affordable Care Act期间迅速增长,随后利用其产品Oscar for Business推出小企业业务。Medicare代表了该公司一个新的垂直方向,增加了它目前对个人和雇主保险市场的关注。

“Oscar将加速实现其使命:让我们的医疗保健系统为消费者服务,”Schlosser在一份声明中表示。“我们将继续建立会员体验,降低成本,改善护理,将Oscar带给更多人——在进入新的商业领域的同时,深化我们在个人和小型企业市场的扩张。”

Google parent Alphabet has invested $375 million in next-gen health insurance company, Oscar Health. Google has been a longtime supporter of the six-year-old New York company, having previously invested in Oscar through its Capital G investment wing and Verily health and life sciences research wing.

“Alphabet  has invested in Oscar over many years and has seen the company and its team up close. We’re thrilled to invest further to help Oscar in its next phase of growth,” an Alphabet spokesperson told TechCrunch.

That $165 million round raised back in March valued the health startup at around $3 billion. The new round maintains a similar valuation, while giving Alphabet a 10 percent share in Oscar. The deal also has longtime Google employee and former CEO Salar Kamangar joining Oscar’s board.

Oscar co-founder and CEO Mario Schlosser announced the news in an interview with Wired, telling the site, “We can hire more engineers, we can hire more data scientists, more product designers, more smart clinicians who can think about health care a different way. It’s the acceleration of that product roadmap that fascinates us the most. The second, more tangible piece, is that we’re launching new product lines.”

Part of that product expansion includes getting into Medicare Advantage in 2020, which is a deviation from the current offerings in the individual and employer insurance markets. Oscar started out by offering insurance for individuals, growing rapidly during the launch of the Affordable Care Act and then rolling into small business offerings with its product Oscar for Business. Medicare represents a new vertical for the company, adding to its existing focus on both the individual and employer insurance markets.

“Oscar will accelerate the pursuit of its mission: to make our health care system work for consumers,” Schlosser said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “We will continue to build a member experience that lowers costs and improves care, and to bring Oscar to more people — deepening our expansion into the individual and small business markets while entering a new business segment, Medicare Advantage, in 2020.”

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