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Startup WeFight raises €10 million to create virtual assistant for chronic disease and cancer patients

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The startup WeFight, an alumni of Tech Care Paris, Paris&Co's health and wellness innovation platform, has announced €10 million raised from two new investors, the German fund Digital Health Ventures and the French fund Impact Partners. Its historical investors, Investir & + and Badge network business angels, are also participating in the round.

Founded in 2017, over four years Wefight has developed 15 free applications, called "Vik", which serve to accompany people suffering from chronic diseases and cancers via a virtual assistant. Thanks to the chatbox, users can find reliable information (validated beforehand by some 50 medical professionals), and thus replace practitioners. "The idea is to progress from information to recommendations, by analyzing the data collected from each patient," reveals Benoît Brouard, a hospital pharmacist, co-founder and president of Wefight, alongside Pierre Nectoux, an engineer. Based on AI, Vik's applications provide more than five automated responses in real time: "Vik fills a gap," observes Benoît Brouard. "We don't pretend to treat patients, but by providing them with quality information, we can reduce their anxiety, and they know what to do. The assistant also saves hospital practitioners time, as they don't have to answer simple questions". This operation will enable Wefight to expand its presence in Europe, the United States and Latin America. It will also fund coverage of more chronic diseases, and the development of complementary tools such as MedVik, a remote patient monitoring platform for professionals. The startup, which currently employs 70 people, plans to recruit around 30 people by the end of 2022.

 

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