H|T: The Healthtech Times – A Canadian partnership to fight Alzheimer’s

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Lift & Co reveals plans to launch cannabis rewards platform (BETAKIT)

It marks a shift to offering education surrounding the recreational consumption of the plant.

Meet and Learn from Toronto Health Experts at HealthTO (TECHTO)

“HealthTO brings together Toronto’s healthcare innovation professionals and enthusiasts to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.”

Spire Health Tags are now on Apple’s shelves (TECHCRUNCH)

Spire’s Health Tags, the dark and tiny devices you stick on your clothes to gather all sorts of health data from your steps, heartbeat and stress levels is now available at your local Apple Store.

Optina Diagnostics partners with Imagia to develop biomarkers for Alzheimer’s (BETAKIT)

Through the partnership, the companies will develop retinal biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, by leveraging spectral retinal images combined with deep learning architectures.

KSQ Therapeutics closes $80M Series C for cell therapy developed with CRISPR-based platform (MEDCITYNEWS)

The company aims to get its lead program, developed using its in-house “CRISPRnomics” platform, into the clinic in the next 18 months.

Healthtech startup Holmusk raises US$9.75M pre-Series A by Heritas Venture Fund (E27)

Holmusk, the company behind diabetes tracker app GlycoLeap, plans to use the new funding to support its expansion in US and Europe.

BetaKit partners with Jobbio to fill Canada’s tech talent gap (BETAKIT)

Sources close to the company confirmed that because BetaKit loves you, it will be offering one month of free service to help companies hire Canada’s top tech talent.

Mode raises $3M Series A to put sensor data in the cloud (TECHCRUNCH)

Mode wants to help businesses make sense of sensor by moving the hoards of sensor data to the cloud, where they can better understand their devices and derive actionable insights. For now, Mode is targeting the solar, medical and manufacturing industries.

Sequoia’s Jess Lee backs Maven, a digital health startup for women (FORTUNE)

Sequoia’s investment is part of Maven’s just-announced $27 million Series B round of funding, which will help the company “enhance” its flagship product, a benefits platform for new moms that it sells directly to companies like Snap and Bumble.

Amazon and Google see something they like in this health care startup (CNET)

While they don’t agree on much, these two tech giants do agree on Aiva, which provides patients and seniors with smart speakers including Google Home and Amazon Echo to stay in closer contact with their care providers, while also offering them entertainment and education.

StartUp Health scores another $31M for its Transformer II fund (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

StartUp Health works with young digital health companies by coaching, mentoring, and helping them to network. Currently the company is working on 10 initiatives, which it calls moonshots, that include ending cancer, supporting brain health, and improving access to care.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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