H|T: The Healthtech Times – Alexa, Amazon, and your health data

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Acorn Biolabs announces first clinical partner to collect, store stem cells(BETAKIT)

Acorn Biolabs, which has developed a solution for non-invasive stem cell collection, is partnering with Executive Health Centre, a medical wellness centre.

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?(TECHCRUNCH)

The contract reflects that power imbalance; not being a standard NHS content syndication agreement — but rather DHSC tweaking Amazon’s standard terms.

Behavioral health startup Octave raises $11M, strikes deal with California insurer(MEDCITYNEWS)

Octave Health matches patients with personalized behavioral health services, typically either in-person therapy or virtual coaching, and is among a new breed of digital health startups tackling mental health.

Amazon acquires another healthcare startup for its Amazon Care program(BETAKIT)

Health Navigator helps companies route patients to the right place.

Newly launched pet health startup Gallant wants you to bank your dog’s stem cells for $990(TECHCRUNCH)

With $11 million in funding and a mission to open up the doors of regenerative therapies to dogs across the nation, the Los Angeles-based startup Gallant is now opening its doors for the first time.

Oculys Health Informatics acquired by VitalHub for $4.2 million(BETAKIT)

Oculys Health Informatics, a Kitchener-Waterloo based healthtech startup, has been acquired by Toronto-headquartered VitalHub for more than $4.2 million.

Modern Animal raises $13.5 million to make going to the vet suck less(TECHCRUNCH)

Modern Animal just raised a $13.5 million seed round of funding to fuel its mission of offering pets, humans and veterinarians a better experience.

Focus of Manitoba health-care overhaul moves to rural communities and ‘shift of care out of institutions’(CBC)

‘More types of care that could be provided in the community’ outside institutions, says Shared Health CEO.


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

CAN – CIHR Catalyst Grant: Addressing Musculoskeletal Conditions and Arthritis in Canadians (read more)

CAN – CIHR Inuit Research Network Development Grant (read more)

CAN – CIHR Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Consortium – Travel Award (read more)

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