KenSci, a health data startup co-founded by Ankur Teredesai and Samir Manjure, has raised $8.5 million in a Series A investment round. The startup uses machine learning technology that “helps doctors predict who might get sick and how sick they might get, and take actions to help them before it happens.” (1)A photo of Ankur Teredesai

Teredesai, eScience affiliate and professor of computer science and systems at the Institute of Technology, UW Tacoma, started KenSci with friend Manjure in 2015 and it has since grown to employ 25 people. According to a Geekwire article on the funding, “eleven health systems are now using KenSci’s platform, with two more unannounced partnerships in the works. Collectively, they are using the platform to predict risk for over 15 million patients.”

Learn more at Xconomy, Huffington Post UKPuget Sound Business Journal, Healthcare IT NewsBusiness Wire, and Fortune (sixth down in a round-up of venture deals).

(1) The Seattle Times