knownwell, a primary care and metabolic health company that focuses on weight-inclusive care, has successfully raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by A16Z, with participation from existing investors, including Flare Capital Partners. This brings knownwell’s total funding to $24.5 million and reflects the increasing demand for comprehensive, patient-centered approaches to obesity beyond short-term solutions.
Founded by Brooke Boyarsky Pratt, who has personally experienced lifelong obesity, and Dr. Angela Fitch, President of the Obesity Medicine Association, knownwell adopts a clinically and patient-driven approach to partner with patients for long-term results. The company aims to provide weight-inclusive care through both in-person and virtual channels, offering a holistic approach beyond short-term solutions like GLP-1 utilization.
The Series A funding will support knownwell’s expansion of its clinics and telehealth offerings, as well as the development of AI-powered patient stratification, asynchronous communication, and provider workflow enablement tools. The company also plans to collaborate with major pharmaceutical companies for clinical trials.
Vineeta Agarwala, General Partner at A16Z, emphasized the importance of addressing obesity as a significant healthcare challenge and expressed enthusiasm for backing knownwell’s technology-driven and human care team approach.
In addition to the funding announcement, knownwell is introducing “knownwell teens,” a clinical offering designed to support the 14 million children and teens in the U.S. living with obesity. This model aims to provide comprehensive, shame-free care for adolescents, focusing on metabolic health and long-term outcomes.
Brooke Boyarsky-Pratt, CEO and Co-Founder of knownwell, highlighted the company’s commitment to being a comprehensive, clinically based, patient-centered home for individuals with overweight or obesity. The funding will enable knownwell to continue its mission of providing healthcare that is inclusive, evidence-based, and non-stigmatizing.
Dr. Angela Fitch, Chief Medical Officer at knownwell, emphasized the importance of addressing childhood obesity and announced a metabolic health program specifically designed for adolescents. By encouraging behavioral and lifestyle changes, knownwell aims to contribute to a healthier America with reduced risks of chronic diseases.
knownwell aims to make weight-inclusive healthcare accessible by accepting patient insurance and providing a full suite of care without membership fees. The company plans to offer in-person and virtual access to weight-inclusive medical services for patients across the U.S. who have faced inadequate treatment, worsening health, and higher costs.