Strive Health: How This Denver-Based Company Is Transforming Kidney Care

By Amit Chowdhry ● April 15, 2019

Strive Health is a new Denver-based company that was launched in order to change the lives of kidney disease patients through early engagement, comprehensive coordinated care, and expanded treatment. Recently, it was announced that healthcare venture firm Ascension Ventures completed an undisclosed investment in Strive Health.

“Strive’s integrated approach to kidney care will be transformative for millions of patients with kidney disease, and we are excited to partner with AV in changing kidney care in America,” said Strive Health CEO Chris Riopelle in a statement. “We see health systems as a critical partner in delivering best in class kidney care. AV and its leading health system limited partners will be of tremendous strategic value to Strive as we continue to grow and scale the company.”

Founded last year by Riopelle, chief revenue officer Bob Badal, and head of strategy and development Will Stokes, Strive Health works with innovative payers and providers to deliver a turn-key kidney care service line that accelerates the shift to value-based care for this population. And the company’s team-based case model powered by specialized technology and nephrology caregivers, services the entire chronic kidney disease journey from primary care level prevention through end-stage renal replacement therapy.

“After spending nearly a year researching the renal care space and evaluating numerous potential investment opportunities, we chose to partner with Strive, recognizing the company’s differentiated clinical playbook and experienced executive team,” added Ascension Ventures Investment Principal Brian Belsky. “Strive’s high-touch, patient-centric model resonated with our health system partners and gives us confidence in the company’s ability to transform the complex kidney care market. We are excited about backing the accomplished, experienced leadership team and joining this high-caliber investor syndicate.” AV joins lead investor New Enterprise Associates with participation from Town Hall Ventures and Echo Health Ventures.


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Strive Health originally launched out of Oxeon’s Venture Studio. And it is also backed by New Enterprise Associates, Town Hall Ventures, and Echo Health Ventures as well.