H|T: The Healthtech Times – The future of biotech…is China

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AGE-WELL seeking RFPs from researchers working on tech and aging (BETAKIT)

Researchers based at Canadian institutions are eligible to apply for funding through AGE-WELL’s Core Research Program 2020 to 2025, which the organization is working to renew.

Ex-One Medical exec launches mental health studio (TECHCRUNCH)

Octave offers individual therapy, a stress management coaching program and daily, drop-in classes for people seeking mindfulness, help with insomnia and general coping skills.

Report: Canadian VC activity falls for second straight quarter in Q3 2018 (BETAKIT)

Looking back over eight quarters, Q3 2018 is the only quarter where VC activity in Canada didn’t increase year-over-year.

New lab brings fledgling health tech companies together in shared space (EDMONTONJOURNAL)

A local startup with plans to market a more accurate prostate cancer screening test is one of the first businesses to set up shop in a new downtown shared lab space for health tech companies.

Senior-focused health tech company K4Connect lands $12M (MOBIHEALTHNEWS)

The company plans to use the new money to develop its smart living integration platform K4 Community Works and expand its customer base.

RetiSpec leveraging University of Minnesota tech to detect earlier-stage Alzheimer’s (BETAKIT)

The system scans a patient’s eye to detect small quantities of a certain protein before they collect to form plaques in the brain—a biological sign of Alzheimer’s disease progression.

Naya Health, once a promising breast pump startup, now leaving customers in the dark (TECHCRUNCH)

While the Naya Health breast pump’s price tag is significantly more than most competing devices, customers were willing to give it a chance because of its unique flange design, which used silicone and water instead of plastic cups to recreate a nursing baby’s mouth.

BlueSky Capital invests in health-tech startup Medimetry (VCCIRCLE)

Medimetry has developed an online platform for telemedicine, electronic medical records, and disease management.

China is funding the future of American biotech (TECHCRUNCH)

Chinese VCs are investing billions in US startups to solve China’s largest health problems.

Six neurotech startups receive $50,000 from Ontario Brain Institute (BETAKIT)

Now in its seventh year, the ONtrepreneurs program awards $50,000 to new and emerging startups.

Stoke Therapeutics raises $90M in Series B financing (FINSMES)

Stoke Therapeutics, a biotech company working to increase gene expression to treat a wide array of severe genetic diseases, raised the funding from RTW Investments, with participation from Apple Tree Partners, RA Capital Management, and others.

League appoints Kim Tabac as chief people officer (BETAKIT)

In her first six months, Tabac will focus on scaling the League team in Canada and the US, chairing League’s advisory council and working with clients on their benefits strategy, including mental health, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.


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

CAD – 2018 research innovation competition (read more)

CAD – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (COPE) Trial Service Provider (read more)

CAD – Unified Data Architecture Solution for Analytics and Decision Support (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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