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November 10, 2023

New Haven-born virtual PTSD treatment provider Nema Health raises $4.1M 


New Haven-born Nema Health, which provides virtual treatment to individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, announced it has raised $4.1 million in a seed round.

The company was co-founded by Dr. Sofia Noori, who serves as its CEO. Noori is a Yale-trained psychiatrist and a clinical instructor at the Yale Department of Psychiatry.

Nema has launched its care program in three states, including Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, the company announced Friday. Nema ultimately plans to expand nationwide.

The $4.1 million fundraise was co-led by Optum Ventures and .406 Ventures, with participation from GreyMatter Capital and additional angel investors. 

Noori was motivated to become a rape crisis counselor and to start Nema Health due to early lived experience with PTSD, the announcement states.

During the pandemic, Noori teamed up with co-founder and former Optum executive Mariam Malik and advisor Dr. Isobel Rosenthal to create Nema.

Nema delivers all of its services virtually. Patients can access a care team that includes a therapist, peer mentor, case manager and psychiatrist. 

Patients can experience PTSD from various traumas, from combat to sexual assault, early childhood abuse, violence, natural disasters and medical problems. Those with the condition can suffer from symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and depression, according to Nema Health’s website. 

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