H|T: The Healthtech Times – A smartwatch for senior citizens

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Fibrocor partners with Galapagos NV to commercialize new fibrosis drugs (BETAKIT)

Fibrocor plans to use the expertise of the global pharma company to work towards advanced drug development and eventual commercialization of its scientific assets.

Apple reportedly working to bring Watch to seniors with private Medicare plans (CNET)

People over 65 would then use the Watch as a health tracker.

Alphabet’s health division gets FDA clearance to test EKG smartwatch feature (THEVERGE)

The Study Watch, announced in April 2017, is not a consumer smartwatch, but instead meant as a test platform for the Google-adjacent company to research how to best gather health data on a wearable.

Dalhousie University, MTI, and Mitacs form $1.62 million partnership exploring light manipulation (BETAKIT)

The collaboration will be the largest Mitacs-supported project in Atlantic Canada, and aims to attract new researchers and inventors in metamaterials science.

Coursera moves into healthcare education with 100 courses and 2 masters degrees (TECHCRUNCH)

To tap into shifting economic and societal trends, Coursera is moving into health, with around 100 courses in 30 areas, along with two master’s degrees in public health, to help train people to fill current and future talent shortages in health informatics, healthcare management, public health and related roles.

London-based Manual raises a €5.6 million seed round to develop its wellbeing platform for men (EUSTARTUPS)

Manual wants to challenge outdated notions of masculinity – encouraging men to talk openly, and take control of their health and happiness.

Ciitizen raises $17 million to give cancer patients better control over their health records (TECHCRUNCH)

Ciitizen, like Gliimpse before it, is an attempt to break down the barriers that keep patients from being able to record, store and share their healthcare information with whomever they want in their quest for treatment.

WeedMD and BLOCKStrain announce cannabis strain verification program (BETAKIT)

WeedMD says it is the first licensed producer in the world to implement strain verification into its sales program.

Telehealth startup Tyto Care raises $9 million (CTECH)

Tyto Care develops a mobile system for remote medical testing and diagnosis that allows for accurate long-distance interaction between doctor and patient, and for online diagnosis based on real-time tests conducted by a digital stethoscope.

Innovaccer nabs $11 million from Microsoft’s VC arm to give doctors a better window into patient health (TECHCRUNCH)

Innovaccer has been working to roll up data from a number of different healthcare providers.


3iOntario Digest presents a list of ongoing funding opportunities and other resources to accelerate health innovation.

CAN – Digital Wayfinding Solution (read more)

CAN – Integrated Website and Client Portal Development (read more)

CAN – Efficiency Accelerator Award Program 2019 (read more)


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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