H|T: The Healthtech Times – Reshaping healthcare with robotics

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Montreal startup receives $1 million for app helping paralyzed patients communicate (BETAKIT)

“With AI, the more data we collect, the more accurate [we are]…at identifying individuals with disorders and tracking progression.”

Robotics, AR and VR are poised to reshape healthcare, starting in the operating room (TECHCRUNCH)

Backed by hundreds of millions in venture capital dollars, new businesses are coming to refashion operating rooms again — this time using new visualization and display technologies like virtual and augmented reality, and a new class of operating robots.

Blockchain used for clinical trials, in Boehringer Ingelheim & IBM Canada partnership (BETAKIT)

“I believe that blockchain technology has the potential to change how we run clinical trials.” – Dr. Uli Brödl, VP of medical and regulatory affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Canada.

Samsung adds health-focused smartwatch, fitness tracker to its Galaxy lineup (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

Both the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit automatically detect and begin tracking a user’s activity, with the former boasting a blood pressure monitoring feature courtesy of a UCSF research partnership.

11 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2019 (BETAKIT)

Last year, Lightspeed made the list; this year, the company IPOs. Is your Canadian tech company one to watch in 2019?

Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by Index Ventures.

YouTube prevents anti-vaccine channels from running ads (ENGADGET)

Advertisers said they had no idea their ads were running on anti-vax videos.

Genetic data interpretation startup raises $6M (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

Emedgene’s constantly updating algorithm highlights genetic variants that could affect a patient’s health.

Covera Health raises $8.5M Series A financing (FINSMES)

Covera Health, which provides analytics-based programs to reduce medical misdiagnoses and improve quality of care, raised the funding from Equity Group Investments.

Dutch medical AI startup Aidence raises €10 million (TECH.EU)

The funding was led by INKEF Capital and Rabo Ventures, alongside existing investors Northzone, HenQ, and Health Innovations.


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

CAN – 2019 Sci Innovation Competition Final (read more)

CAN – Electronic Database and Workflow Management tool for Pharmacy Clinical Trials (read more)

CAN – Automated Robotic Screening Platform (read more)

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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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