H|T: The Healthtech Times – Dragging Canadian health care into the future

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iGan Partners pitch event promises one healthtech startup $250,000 (BETAKIT)

The venture firm is seeking seed-stage medical device and healthcare IT companies developing solutions for cancer, mental health, and diabetes.

Meet and Learn from Toronto Health Experts at HealthTO (TECHTO)

“HealthTO brings together Toronto’s healthcare innovation professionals and enthusiasts to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.”

uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing (TECHCRUNCH)

To support its new drug discovery efforts, the San Francisco-based startup will be moving its therapeutics unit into new Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters and appointing former Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez to the board of directors.

HumanaCare reaches 1.3 million customers through TranQool acquisition (BETAKIT)

HumanaCare announced that it acquired Toronto-based virtual therapy platform TranQool in May 2018, including its technology and brand.

Medical booking startup Doctena secures €8M (FINSMES)

Doctena is a European medical scheduling platform used by all sorts of doctors, from general practitioner to hospitals.

Optina Diagnostics partners with Imagia to develop biomarkers for Alzheimer’s (BETAKIT)

Through the partnership, the companies will develop retinal biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, by leveraging spectral retinal images combined with deep learning architectures.

Telehealth service Ro raises $88 million to help you quit smoking (VENTUREBEAT)

The funding was led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from SignalFire, Initialized Capital, SignalFire, General Catalyst, Slow Ventures, Sinai Ventures, Torch Capital, BoxGroup, Tusk Ventures, and others.

Vezeeta, the leading MENA healthcare startup, secures $12M Series C led by STV (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by Saudi Technology Ventures, with participation from BECO Capital (UAE), Vostok New Ventures (Sweden) and Silicon Badia (Jordan), and Crescent Enterprises’ CE-Ventures (UAE).

The startup CEO dragging Canadian health care into the future (THEGLOBEANDMAIL)

Technology and Canadian health care don’t always mix well. That’s what Huda Idrees found when she launched her startup Dot Health.

‘Brotopia’ inspired OODA Health to raise its $40.5M round only from firms with female partners (TECHCRUNCH)

OODA decided to raise money for the business only from VC firms that have at least one female leader, a solution to one of tech’s greatest problems that is oft suggested and rarely executed.

Weed-Meets-DNA startup CEO says hysterical market needs to relax (THESTAR)

EndoCanna Health launched last month on the promise of bringing together two of the buzziest areas of health care: cannabis and genetic testing for consumers. The company sells tests it says can help consumers find the ideal variety of marijuana for their genetic makeup.

Erectile pharmacy app Roman raises $88M to launch ‘quit smoking’ kit (TECHCRUNCH)

Roman has grown to seventy team members and a revenue run-rate in the 10s of millions — up 720 percent since January. It’s sparked over a million patient-physician visits, phone calls, and text conversations through its telemedicine portal for getting diagnoses and prescriptions.

Nest’s digital health ambitions revealed in records from secretive purchase of Seattle startup Senosis <(GEEKWIRE)/h4>
Google-owned Nest has been secretly laying the groundwork for a move into digital health products, a potential new line of business for a company that made its mark in smart thermostats and other connected home devices.

Fortune 500 executive pivots career to disrupt the health tech industry (FORBES)

After spending almost two decades as a prominent tech executive at Fortune 500 companies such as Yahoo, PayPal, and Adobe, Merline Saintil decided to pivot her career and work at a startup. Saintil recently took on the role as chief operating officer at 7 Cups, a startup that’s become the world’s largest platform for mental health support.

As healthcare mobility emerges, so do new cybersecurity threats. (HEALTHTECHMAGAZINE)

While mobile initiatives can transform healthcare organizations for the better, they also introduce risks posed by cyberthreats.


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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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