H|T: The Healthtech Times – Apple explores custom health chips

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Chinova Bioworks raises $2.6 million to develop mushroom-based preservative (BETAKIT)

The round was led by DSM Venturing BV and Rhapsody Venture Partners, with participation from AgFunder and Natural Products Canada.

‘Google Generation’ wants more technology in health care but still values personal touch (CBC)

Digitally savvy Canadians who make up the so-called Google Generation are on the leading edge of a transformation in the health care system that will see a greater reliance on technology, including how doctors interact with their patients, a survey commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association suggests.

Alphabet invests $375 million in Oscar Health (TECHCRUNCH)

Google has been a longtime supporter of Oscar Health, having previously invested inthe company through its Capital G investment wing and Verily health and life sciences research wing.

Best Buy is acquiring health services company GreatCall for $800 million (BUSINESSINSIDER)

The US consumer electronics retailer currently sells health and wellness-related products and has been shoring up on health-related assets focused on the aging US population.

Apple is beefing up a team to explore making its own health chips (CNBC)

Apple has a team exploring a custom processor that can make better sense of health information coming off sensors from deep inside its devices, job listings show.

Centre québécois d’innovation en biotechnologie receives $1.4 million from Canadian government (BETAKIT)

Based in Laval, the Centre was founded in 1995 to specializes in biotechnology in Quebec and the first life sciences incubator in Canada.

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus (TECHCRUNCH)

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.

How to protect against new mobility and IoT security threats in healthcare (HEALTHTECHMAGAZINE)

Experts from Fortinet weigh in on what healthcare IT executives should be watching out for in terms of new threat vectors.

Playback Health raises $500K in seed funding (FINSMES)

Playback Health, which provides software designed to improve communications between physicians and patients, raised the funding from Northwell Health.


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

CAD – Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO) (read more)

CAD – Benita M. Warmbold Fellowship in Health System Innovation (read more)

CAD – BI & Analytics Platform and Analytics Data Platform (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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