Xploro, the award-winning healthcare platform for children, has closed its first major U.S. funding round. Led by Comeback Capital, with University Hospitals Ventures and JumpStart Ventures (both through their joint Healthcare Collaboration Fund), and Rightside Capital Management, the funding represents a significant step forward in Xploro’s North American expansion. Also joining the Cap Table are CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and LifeBridge Health whose SAFEs converted with this round.

Dom Raban, Xploro’s Founder and CEO said, “These are exciting times for Xploro. This funding is crucial for the company’s growth and means we can offer an improved product to healthcare providers and users. Clinicians will find more value in the back end and the kids that use it will benefit from better and more engaging content which will support their healthcare journey.”

First U.S. Hire

Xploro, which has recently established new headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, has also made its first U.S. hire. Stefan Agamanolis, PhD, joins as Chief Strategy Officer and will take a lead role in shaping the company and their product strategy and heading up North American operations.

“Xploro is a unique platform that is proving it can meaningfully empower children and teens in their healthcare journey.  It is a tremendous example of what is possible when combining the latest technologies with inspired design, in this case for the benefit of young patients, and their families and healthcare providers,” said Stefan.  “I am excited to join the team and help take Xploro to the next level!”

A software engineer and interaction designer by background, Stefan holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served in multiple leadership roles in digital media innovation including at MIT’s Media Lab in Europe.

He spent the last 12 years at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, initially as Associate Director of Research, then Senior Director of Patient Experience, and then for the last four years as Chief Innovation Officer.