Goldfinch Health Joins StartUp Health Academy

Goldfinch Health Joins StartUp Health Academy

Company to collaborate with innovators and leaders on ‘Health Moonshot’ to end opioid epidemic 

April 10, 2019 (Austin, TX and Iowa City, IA) – Goldfinch Health has announced it has joined StartUp Health’s Moonshot Academy. Through the partnership, Goldfinch’s leadership will gain immediate and ongoing access to StartUp Health’s vast network of healthcare leaders, entrepreneurs and resources in the United States and around the world.

“We have long admired StartUp Health’s efforts to audaciously pursue some of the largest health challenges facing society,” said Brand Newland, CEO and co-founder of Goldfinch Health. “When StartUp Health announced in early 2019 a moonshot to end addiction and the opioid epidemic, we knew the time was right to get involved.”

Since 2011, StartUp Health has worked to achieve health moonshots by investing in and collaborating with transformative entrepreneurs. StartUp Health seeks to support innovation and bring together healthcare leaders, matching them with peers, advisers, customers and others.

“Our mission at Goldfinch is to transform the way people navigate surgery and recovery. One of the important results of better-navigated surgery is dramatically lower need for opioid painkillers,” said John Greenwood, COO and co-founder of Goldfinch Health. “StartUp Health’s efforts in this area inspired us and we are committed to bringing the Goldfinch Experience to this discussion and to millions of patients.”

“Ending the opioid crisis hinges on collaboration among all stakeholders, particularly before the first pill is ever prescribed”, said Polina Hanin, Director of StartUp Health Academy. “We are thrilled to welcome Brand, John and the entire Goldfinch team to the global army of Health Transformers, to achieve the Addiction Moonshot, and end the opioid epidemic.


About Goldfinch Health 

Goldfinch Health helps companies save money by empowering employees to better navigate surgery and recovery. Through the power of Advanced Surgical Pathways and expert nurse care guidance, Goldfinch aims to reduce the nearly $40 billion American companies lose each year due to under-informed surgical decisions and poorly-managed recovery. In addition, Goldfinch offers a novel, proactive solution to address the opioid epidemic and has a stated goal of 90% reduction in post-surgical opioid use. Goldfinch Health is based in Austin, Texas, and Iowa City, Iowa. 

About StartUp Health 

StartUp Health is on a 25-year mission to collaborate with entrepreneurs to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. StartUp Health believes that something magical happens when you bring together coachable entrepreneurs from around the world who have the mindset to achieve health moonshots. Since 2011, StartUp Health has been investing in a global army of entrepreneurs — called Health Transformers® — to achieve Health Moonshots: Access to Care, Cost to Zero, Cure Disease, End to Cancer, End Addiction, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Nutrition & Fitness, Brain Health, Mental Health & Happiness, Longevity, and Addiction.

Backed by Advocate Aurora Health, Chiesi Group, Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Brad Feld, GuideWell, Jason Finger, Jerry Levin, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Masimo, Novartis, Otsuka, Ping An Group, and SeventySix Capital, StartUp Health has the world’s largest digital health portfolio with more than 280 companies spanning six continents and 23 countries. Learn more at

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