H|T: The Healthtech Times – DNA for sale

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Great-West Life expands Dialogue healthcare platform across Canada (BETAKIT)

The insurance giant began piloting the service last year in Quebec and Ontario. With this expansion, Dialogue’s service will be rolled out to 10,000 employees across the country.

Fitness app developer Freeletics raises $45 million to expand internationally (VENTUREBEAT)

The round is led by FitLab, Causeway Media Partners, and Jazz Venture Partners, with participation from Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures, Ward Ventures, and business mogul Tony Robbins.

Sleep-tracking ring Oura surpasses $20 million in funding (TECHCRUNCH)

This round comes a couple of years after the Finnish company raised €5 million from MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito and others.

Google’s DeepMind predicts 3D shapes of proteins (THEGUARDIAN)

Google’s DeepMind outfit has turned its artificial intelligence on one of the toughest problems in science.

Apple scoops up CEO of Mango Health, a startup that helps people keep track of their medications (CNBC)

One of the people familiar with his move said that Oberfest will look into opportunities for Apple in the medication adherence space, meaning helping people take their medicines on time.

A tiny startup wants to pay you for your DNA, and it could lead to the next wave of medical innovation (BUSINESSINSIDER)

A startup called LunaDNA is taking a new approach to genetic research by paying individuals to share their information with scientists.

Mayo Clinic collaborates with medication adherence startup MyMeds (MEDCITYNEWS)

Through their partnership, MyMeds users will be able to access medication-related educational content from Mayo Clinic.

BIOS raises $4.5M to further develop its ‘neural interface’ and new ways to treat chronic medical conditions (TECHCRUNCH)

The company is developing a “neural interface” that combines advances in hardware, big data and machine learning/AI, which it’s hoped can be used to develop new cutting-edge treatments on organs and nerve systems throughout the body.

TILT acquires cannabis distribution startup Blackbird and medical cannabis operator Standard Farms (FINANCIALPOST)

This announcement is the latest in a series of moves to expand TILT’s offerings for cannabis businesses and consumers.

Moderna tumbled in its Wall Street debut after the biggest IPO in biotech history

The stock closed down 19.% to $18.60 in its trading debut on Friday, after pricing at $23 late on Thursday night.


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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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