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Ohio tech startup gets $1.1B deal

February 02, 2017

A portfolio company of JumpStart Inc., an Ohio venture development organization, is to be purchased for $1.1 billion. The proposed acquisition of Ohio startup CoverMyMeds by McKesson Corp. marks Ohio’s first tech startup unicorn. JumpStart Evergreen, the non-profit fund that invested in CoverMyMeds, was funded in part by Ohio Third Frontier. CoverMyMeds was started in Ohio in 2008 and is now headquartered in Columbus. It provides electronic prior authorization solutions to pharmacies, providers, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The deal is expected to close in the first half of FY 2018 and its workforce, in both Cleveland and Columbus offices, is expected to grow. Following the close of the transaction, CoverMyMeds will operate as an independent business unit under its existing leadership team. The deal was covered in a Columbus Business First story. Both Ohio Third Frontier and JumpStart Inc. are SSTI members.

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