H|T: The Healthtech Times – The biggest biotech IPO ever

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Dialogue acquires AI tool that automates medical evaluation (BETAKIT)

The DXA team will join Dialogue, and the DXA technology has already been integrated into Dialogue’s platform.

Canadian tech companies look to cash in on cannabis with innovations and apps (FINANCIALPOST)

One of John Lem’s first hints that the technology behind his DNA testing company Spartan Bioscience could be a hit with cannabis users came years ago when an executive asked him if genetics could have caused a bad reaction to pot.

Sun Life launches online portal with ratings, cost for Canadian health providers

Lumino Health includes ratings, cost, and other information to help Canadians find health care resources.

Biomatics raises $300M to invest in health startups, adds Gates Foundation global health director (GEEKWIRE)

Biomatics also added a notable partner: Dr. Mike Poole, who will focus on “data- and genomics-enabled approaches to diagnose and treat neurological disorders.”

Moderna files for what could be largest IPO for a biotech startup (AXIOS)

Moderna, which would list as MRNA under the NASDAQ, is looking to raise a staggering $500 million in a public offering.

The inside story of Quanttus, a failed health tech startup whose alumns are now health leaders at Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and other giants (CNBC)

In 2012, a group of MIT researchers came up with an idea to measure blood pressure around the clock with a wristwatch. The start-up they formed, Quanttus, made some progress on design and battery life, but the basic science didn’t work consistently and the company eventually ran out of money and failed.

RapidSOS, an emergency response data provider, raises $30M as it grows from 10K users to 250M (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding is being led by Playground Global, the VC firm and “startup studio” co-founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin.

Deloitte: ‘Pervasive’ AI promises to transform agriculture, health care, and manufacturing (VENTUREBEAT)

“Health care providers are prepping for a future with fewer emergency room visits and a greater emphasis on telemedicine and implant procedures.”

CMA’s Joule announces 2018 recipients of Innovation grant program (BETAKIT)

The program provides flexible funding to CMA members who are making a difference in health care using technology.


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

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CAD – Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (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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