Eric Schmidt and Khosla Ventures Join $100M Round for Forward to Deploy Forward CarePods

Forward announces $100M in growth capital which will be used to manufacture and deploy Forward CarePods. In addition to blue chip venture funds like Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Softbank Eric Schmidt and, Forward is backed by AI luminaries like (former CEO and Chairman of Google), John Giannandrea (SVP of Artificial Intelligence at Apple), Demis Hassabis (cofounder of DeepMind), and Mustafa Suleyman (cofounder of DeepMind and Inflection AI). Forward is also advised by Medical leaders, including (18th Surgeon General of the United Regina Benjamin States) and (Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF). Bob Wachter 

Forward CarePods blend AI with medical expertise, unlocking a future of care on every street corner.

Meet The Forward CarePod – The World’s First AI Doctor’s Office

CarePods are AI-powered and self-serve. They create immersive experiences, putting you in the driver’s seat of your health.

CarePods combine advanced diagnostics, personalized health plans, and a premium in-person experience – empowering you to live a healthier and happier life.

As soon as you step in, CarePods become your personalized gateway to a broad range of Health Apps, designed to treat the issues of today and prevent the issues of tomorrow. You can enjoy on-demand access to Forward CarePods, which include disease detection, biometric body scans, blood testing, and so much more.

CarePods are being deployed in malls, gyms, and offices, and Forward plans to more than double its footprint in 2024. CarePods are launching nationwide starting in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Health Apps

Forward uses proprietary AI to turn clinical expertise and the latest medical research into diagnostic tools and robust care plans we call Health Apps. You can engage with Health Apps in Forward CarePods and the Forward mobile app.

Health Apps help you address a wide range of disease areas, including diabetes, hypertension, and depression & anxiety. Forward plans to increase coverage of Health Apps over time, such as Prenatal Care, Advanced Cancer Screening, and Polygenic Risk Analysis. Data from your CarePod visit is seamlessly and securely transmitted to Forward’s platform, enabling continuous progress monitoring, identifying disease risks, and providing in-depth evaluations using sensors, laboratory tests, and vital sign measurements. You can access all your health data 24/7 in the Forward mobile app.

Memberships start at $99 per month.

Built by Doctors

Forward CarePod and its Health Apps are built by Forward’s team of world-class doctors, from top universities like Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia.

With Health Apps, our doctors combine their deep medical knowledge and empathy with advanced technology, enabling you to receive the best care possible. As more CarePods are deployed to the world, access to care will no longer be limited by where you live.

Health data and personalized plans are continuously updated and made available in the Forward mobile app. Unlike an AI-based chat app, Forward clinicians make all care decisions, ensuring Forward’s medical team is with you every step of the way. With these tools, Forward puts gold-standard medical protocols at clinicians’ fingertips, helping them to guide you on your path to optimal health.

Reversing the Global Health Crisis

Healthcare spending in the US has exploded to 20% of GDP. That is 20 cents of every dollar you earn. And what are we getting for it? Life expectancy in the US has decreased over the past 25 years. Globally the healthcare situation is even more dire, less than a quarter of the world’s population has access to sufficient care. It is time for real change.

Forward was created to solve the existential problems in healthcare by using technology to scale care to the people of the world. Since 2016, Forward has built a vertically integrated, direct-to-consumer healthcare system with 19 locations nationwide and a team of 100+ primary care clinicians. Now with Forward CarePod, Forward takes a major leap in addressing the three fundamental challenges of healthcare: cost, accessibility, and quality.