Rock Health, a San Francisco-based "seed accelerator" firm that funds and mentors start-up companies building health-related mobile and Web applications, has picked its first candidates.

Each company will receive a $20,000 grant and office space, mentorship and access to experts at provider organizations such as Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

The start-ups, chosen from more than 200 applications, include three unidentified companies still in "stealth mode." The others are BrainBot (technology to improve mental performance), CellScope (at-home disease diagnosis), Genomera (personal health collaboration), Health In Reach (medical procedure marketplace), Omada Health (clinical treatment social networking) Pipette (patient monitoring and education), Skimble (mobile fitness) and WeSprout (health data exchange).

Rock Health investors include venture capital firms, the California Healthcare Foundation and such corporations as Microsoft, Nike and Qualcomm. More information is available at


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