Infertility is a growing global challenge, with 1 in 8 families now struggling to conceive. Sperm count has dropped almost 60% since 1973, and 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and/or endometriosis during their childbearing years. This is not just a women’s health issue — it is a family health issue, a population health issue, a health equity issue, and a planetary health issue. And emerging research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic may have an even more deleterious effect on future birth rates.

At Lux, we seek out breakthrough science advancing humanity — backing mission-driven…


SteadyMD co-founders Yarone Goren and Guy Friedman celebrate the close of their $25M Series B with Lux there in spirit — and icing.

I could not be more excited to share that Lux Capital is leading SteadyMD’s $25M Series B to power the next generation of digital health improving individual and population health.

After having spent time with SteadyMD’s co-founders, Guy Friedman and Yarone Goren, it was clear to me that this team has exactly what it takes to catalyze the nascent momentum around telehealth and expand their virtual care platform solution to power and sustain virtual care across specialties, sectors and geographies. Close friends since childhood, both Guy and Yarone share a passion for making healthcare delivery accessible, personalized and equitable. …


Note to Self: From now on, remember to take a photo whenever you meet extraordinary founders in person. You never know when a global pandemic will prevent you from taking one again, resulting in a cheesy zoom screenshot with superimposed backgrounds concealing WFH chaos.

We are thrilled to share the news of Lux’s investment in H1, which today announced a $58M Series B to catalyze its mission of improving human health by increasing collaboration between stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. I have had the pleasure of getting to know co-founder/CEO Ariel Katz over the last year, witnessing the transformative growth and impact of the company and Ariel’s own evolution as an extraordinary CEO — mission-driven, transparent, and grounded in ethics and values.

Lux has invested in a range of innovative companies across the healthcare sector — from digital therapeutics to ML-powered drug development to…


Deena Shakir — Partner, Lux Capital (left) and Amira Yahyaoui — Founder and CEO, Mos.com (right) — Announcing the Mos.com COVID-10 guide with a shelter-in-place style selfie

Amira Yahyaoui is the kind of founder who reminds me why I do what I do. Like other founders Lux seeks out, there is nothing ordinary or traditional about her. She does not present with the type of ‘pattern recognition’ that would pop up in a data analyst’s algorithm — no Stanford CS degree (or any formal degree for that matter), no previous multi-million dollar exit, no big tech company background. …


Lux takes pride in investing in people inventing the future. But the future for generations to come is increasingly at risk due to the unsustainable use of global physical resources — a large proportion of which can be directly attributed to agriculture and the production and consumption of animal proteins.

70% of global fresh water is currently used for agriculture — most of that for meat. Roughly ¼ of the world’s arable land is utilized for livestock, and ⅓ of the world’s cropland is used as food for animals. Meanwhile, meat consumption only continues to rise — up 7x in…


From buttoned-up diplomats in the portrait-lined halls of the U.S. Department of State to cutting-edge hackers in the colorful robotics labs of Google X, I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to partner with an unusual and diverse cast of characters on a common mission: to advance humanity and alleviate human suffering.

I could not be more excited to announce that I am joining Lux Capital as their newest investing partner, where I am committed to finding and helping build companies with leaders who share my optimism in the promise of extraordinary innovation to contribute toward a brighter and more humane…

Deena Shakir

Partner at Lux Capital. Investing in breakthrough technologies and teams advancing humanity. Formerly GV, Google, Google.org and U.S. Dept of State/USAID.

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