H|T: The Healthtech Times – Canadian tech contact tracing

PM Trudeau speaks with media during his isolation at Rideau Cottage. March 17, 2020.

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Nicoya to receive funding, advisory services through NRC IRAP to develop COVID-19 test (BETAKIT)

Nicoya has been selected to receive advisory services and approximately $299,000 from the federal government to develop a portable COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Kaia Health gets $26M to show it can do more with digital therapeutics (TECHCRUNCH)

Part of the new funding will thus go on building out its commercial team in the US — now its main market.

The Funded: Palantir hauls in another $500M ahead of expected Wall Street debut (BIZJOURNALS)

Palantir Technologies has raised another $500 million in what is widely expected to be its final round of private funding before the Palo Alto-based data mining unicorn makes a run at Wall Street.

Biotech startup Biomoneta raises undisclosed round, will take germicidal tech to market (YOURSTORY)

Biotech startup Biomoneta will use the new funding to further the development of its ZeBox germicidal technology and take it to market.

Victory Square Health acquires COVID-19 antibody test from Brazilian company (BETAKIT)

Vancouver-based Victory Square Health has acquired assets and intellectual properties from Brazilian company Safetest Comércio de Diagnósticos for $4 million.

Austin biotech startup Shattuck Labs raises $118M to fight cancer (AUSTIN INNO)

San Francisco-based health care investment firm Redmile Group led the round. The company had previously raised about $82.4 million.

Plume is building a healthcare service specifically for the transgender community (TECHCRUNCH)

Plume offers a medical evaluation, ongoing monitoring and lab assignments and prescriptions. Soon, the company will also provide medication delivery, as well.

Repare Therapeutics seeks to raise up to US$152-million in Nasdaq share offering (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Montreal cancer drug developer Repare Therapeutics Inc. increased the target size of its Nasdaq initial public offering by more than half on Monday, saying it could raise up to US$152-million.

Federal government launching national contact tracing app in collaboration with Shopify, BlackBerry (BETAKIT)

Canada is set to launch a national app for contact tracing that was developed in partnership with Canadian tech companies Shopify and BlackBerry.

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