H|T: The Healthtech Times – Tracking the spread

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Canadian biotech supporting China’s Centre for Disease Control to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development

StemCell Technologies has been supporting research being done at China’s Centre for Disease Control, which could accelerate vaccine development for COVID-19.


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SouSmile raises $10M to grow its anti-braces aligner brand

SouSmile has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Global Founders Capital, Kaszek Ventures and Canary, bringing the company’s total funding to $11.4 million.


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Insig receives $5.94 million investment, partners with WELL Health to launch telehealth platform

Insig, a Toronto-based telehealth company, has received a $5.94 million strategic investment from and is entering a partnership with WELL Health.


Portland health tech startup raises $8M

The startup has released a free screen tool to help providers evaluate patients seeking COVID-19 testing.


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Submissions open for MaRS’ Spinal Cord Rehab Innovation Challenge

MaRS Discovery District has opened applications for its first-ever Spinal Cord Rehab Innovation Challenge.


The coronavirus is forcing tech giants to make a risky bet on AI

Machine learning tools have always been the ideal content moderators for Facebook, Google and Twitter — but COVID-19 is forcing their use before they’re ready.


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Lumeca approved to operate as virtual healthcare services provider in Saskatchewan

Regina-based virtual healthcare startup Lumeca received approval from the Government of Saskatchewan to operate as a provider for virtual healthcare services.


Airbnb is waiving fees for coronavirus healthcare workers

Airbnb said that it’s going to provide free or subsidized housing for coronavirus responders, according to a blog post by the company.


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DarwinAI, University of Waterloo develop neural network for COVID-19 detection

DarwinAI and the University of Waterloo have co-developed a neural network aimed to accelerate the development of solutions for detecting COVID-19 cases.


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Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

The Prisma Health VESper is a deceptively simple-looking three-way connector that expands use of one ventilator to treat up to four patients simultaneously.


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Canada commits $192 million to COVID-19 SIF stream, signs deal with BlueDot to help track, make decisions on virus

The Government of Canada announced a deal with Toronto’s BlueDot, $192 million for the new Strategic Innovation Fund COVID-19 stream, and a potential vaccine.


Ottawa-based sport hijab-maker Thawrih producing masks to protect against COVID-19

An Ottawa-based startup that makes flexible headgear for Muslim and Sikh athletes has shifted its production into making masks aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Ontario health agency signs deal with Canadian startup to more easily screen and track COVID-19 patients

Provincial agency Ontario Health West has signed a procurement agreement with InputHealth to make it easier to track and screen patients during the COVID-19.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

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