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Canadian tech layoffs continue as tough year comes to a close (BETAKIT)
Properly, TealBook, D2L, Symend, and League have all made layoffs in recent weeks. Along with recent cuts by Apollo Insurance, Faire, Swift Medical, VanHack, and Koho, these moves indicate that Canadian tech companies across verticals and geographies continue to feel the pressure of challenging market conditions.
Elizabeth Holmes Is Sentenced to More Than 11 Years for Fraud (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
The sentence capped a yearslong saga that has captivated the public and ignited debates about Silicon Valley’s culture of hype and exaggeration. Ms. Holmes, who raised $945 million for Theranos and promised that the start-up would revolutionize health care with tests that required just a few drops of blood, was convicted in January of four counts of fraud for deceiving investors with those claims, which turned out not to be true.
Cyclica receives $2.4 million CAD grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BETAKIT)
The Toronto-based biotech startup is developing new, non-hormonal contraceptives, and said the grant enables it to apply its artificial intelligence-enabled drug discovery platform to the problem. The goal is to create new non-hormonal contraceptives that can be used on a global scale, but with an eye towards developing countries.
Alberta Innovates is leading the evolution of healthcare as a connector, collaborator, convenor, and funder, driving improvement in the entire healthcare ecosystem. We’re shifting the paradigm from high cost, high acuity health care to personalized, self-managed care that’s digitally enabled and data informed.
In Alberta, we are combining our collective strengths to reimagine healthcare delivery while simultaneously creating new economic opportunities for our province. Together, we will build a bold culture ready to push boundaries, stretch our thinking and change the world.
Maven, now valued at $1.35 billion, is answering a countrywide demand: More fertility benefits (TECHCRUNCH)
The company announced yesterday that it has raised a $90 million Series E led by General Catalyst, which just announced a $670 million healthcare focused fund over the summer. Other investors in the round include CVS Health Ventures, La Famiglia and Intermountain Ventures, as well as existing investors Sequoia, Oak HC/FT, Icon Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group and Lux Capital.
Nobul, Hopper top Deloitte Canada’s fastest growing startups lists for 2022 (BETAKIT)
Anders McKenzie, a partner and national leader for the Technology Fast 50 program at Deloitte Canada argued that the 2022 companies stand as a testament to how the Canadian tech sector is currently thriving.
“Despite unpredictable economic and global climates, tech companies from around the country are seizing new opportunities and meeting rapidly evolving market demands,” he said.
After mothballing Amazon Care, Amazon reenters tele-health with Amazon Clinic, a marketplace for third-party virtual consultants (TECHCRUNCH)
Amazon Clinic is initially launching in 32 states in the U.S. It does not work with health insurance and this point, and overall pricing will vary depending on providers, conditions and location.
The painful changes that helped GSoft scale from zero revenue to $100 million ARR (BETAKIT)
GSoft is one such centaur, hitting $100 million ARR in 2021 and on track to grow that revenue base in 2022, with plans to hire over 200 new employees across Canada this year.
But hitting this rare startup milestone required making a lot of painful and difficult decisions.
More Utahns cut from iFIT jobs as Logan company reduces global staff by another 20% (THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE)
The company would not disclose its current number of employees; however, a spokesperson said Monday that previous layoffs had trimmed the number to around 1,600 before this week’s reduction.
Sema4 to Cut 500 Jobs in Exit From Reproductive, Women’s Health Testing (MARKETWATCH)
Sema4 said it determined that its reproductive-health business was unsustainable and couldn’t be restructured to allow for profitable growth and cash preservation, adding that efforts to sell the business as a going concern had failed.
Canada’s 2022 Developer 30 Under 30 (BETAKIT)
The Developer 30 Under 30 is a recurring list that recognizes some of the top developers based in Canada. WeaveSphere also added a new award for this year’s conference, which honours 20 technology leaders in the country.
Highmark, Google, League Partner to Launch New Digital Health Platform (MEDCITY NEWS)
The new platform is a “digital front door” for members, offered on the web and through the My Highmark app. It will help members with scheduling appointments, accessing primary care and urgent care, managing prescription drugs and other services. It will roll out in January.
Why More Sexual Wellness Startups Are Turned On By Retail (CRUNCHBASE)
The sexual health aisle at CVS is getting an update: Among condom boxes, pregnancy tests and vaginal hygiene products sitting in packaging that hasn’t been updated since the early ’90s is something fresh; bright bottles of lubricants with cheeky names like Tush Cush or So-Low Lotion.
WeaveSphere’s 2022 Tech Titans list names 20 tech leaders in Canada (BETAKIT)
Named Tech Titans: Top 20 of 2022, this new award honours people in the tech ecosystem that have disrupted the industry through technology, led a digital transformation to deliver business value, and enable growth in client relationships.
Inside the billion-dollar meeting for the mega-rich who want to live forever (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)
There were 150 people at this meeting, and its organizers told me that 120 of them were investors with millions or even billions of dollars at their disposal—and at least a million dollars ready to pump into a longevity project. Plenty of would-be attendees were denied a $4,500 ticket because they didn’t meet this criterion, an event co-organizer tells me.
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