H|T: The Healthtech Times – Muse’s new brain sensing headband

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Vancouver’s Jane Software raises $2 million in debt financing from CIBC (BETAKIT)

Jane, operating out of North Vancouver, offers partnered health clinics online appointments, scheduling, and billing on an integrated platform.

Why WeWork Is Betting on This Big-Wave Surfer’s ‘Superfood’ (INC)

WeWork will soon begin offering Laird Hamilton’s natural food products to members and employees in select New York City locations.

Orpyx partners with Alphabet subsidiary for virtual diabetes program (BETAKIT)

Twenty-five percent of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers over their lifetime, with one in five of those people experiencing complications that lead to amputation.

Fitness marketplace ClassPass acquires competitor GuavaPass (TECHCRUNCH)

ClassPass will be bringing on about half of the GuavaPass team as part of the acquisition.

Immusoft raises $20M in Series B financing (FINSMES)

Immusoft, which aims to treat diseases, raised the funding from Breakout Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments, RBV Capital, DEFTA Partners, and Mesa Verde Venture Partners.

Muse reveals Softband, a sleep meditation headband, at #CES2019 (BETAKIT)

Meditation to help you sleep is interesting, but the real potential for Softband lies in brain sensing during unrestricted movement.

Verily raises $1 billion to expand its healthcare beyond research (BUSINESSINSIDER)

Verily, the life sciences arm of Google-parent company Alphabet, plans to use the funds to bolster growth in key areas like investments in new strategic partnerships and potential acquisitions.

Startup Verato secures $10M for patient matching technology (MEDCITYNEWS)

Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital led the round, with participation from Blue Heron Capital and California Health Care Foundation.

University of Winnipeg working with Project Whitecard Studios on using VR to test cognitive function (BETAKIT)

Dr. Bruce Bolster, associate professor at the department of psychology, along with students Dylan Muller and Stefan Korban, claim that VR games will improve cognitive testing because participants can focus entirely on the simulated environment.


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

CAN – Digital Wayfinding Solution (read more)

CAN – Integrated Website and Client Portal Development (read more)

CAN – Efficiency Accelerator Award Program 2019 (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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