H|T: The Healthtech Times – Your brain needs new rights

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BC-based Lightship Works using AI to aid first responders with natural disasters(BETAKIT)

The startup has joined forces with IBM Canada to integrate the AI through IBM Watson on the IBM Cloud.

Incredible Health’s hiring platform for nurses gets $15M led by Andreessen Horowitz(TECHCRUNCH)

The California startup’s pitch to nursing professionals and hospitals is faster and more efficient hiring via proprietary matching algorithms which replace the need for hospitals to manually sift applications.

This Dubai AI startup wants to transform healthcare(THEGLOBEANDMAIL)

Dimension14 is working on an AI engine for scheduling patients and doctors — mapping out personalized journeys for both.

TIAP partners with Amgen to commercialize medical research(BETAKIT)

Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP), formerly MaRS Innovation, has announced its first partnership since rebranding.

Boston tech investors launch Petri accelerator to fund synthetic biology entrepreneurs(FORBES)

The program will bring together groundbreaking innovations from the fields of engineering, biology and technology to develop novel solutions to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Kenshō, ‘the antithesis of Goop,’ launches a research-based guide to natural medicine(TECHCRUNCH)

Kenshō, nestled in the personalized and complementary medicine category, says it ensures all of the care providers featured on its platform are 100% validated.

Apple announces three new health studies you can join soon(CNET)

iPhone and Apple Watch owners can soon take part in research studies on heart health, women’s health and hearing by sharing their data via the Research app.

Pharmacy startup Capsule raises $200 million to grow beyond NYC(BLOOMBERG)

The Manhattan-based startup, which delivers prescription drugs to local patients in two hours via an online app, said it is in the process of applying for pharmacy licenses in additional states.

Healthy.io raises $60 million to help patients complete urine tests on their phone(VENTUREBEAT)

Healthy.io additionally announced that it’s received its second 501(K) clearance to date from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this one for its smartphone-based ACR test.

Fitplan raises $4.5 million, partners with baseball all-star Alex Rodriguez(BETAKIT)

Vancouver and Los Angeles-based personal training app Fitplan Technologies, has raised $4.5 million from a group of investors that included baseball all-star Alex Rodriguez and fitness mogul Mark Mastrov.

BrightInsight raises $25M for its connected health software tool(MEDCITYNEWS)

San Jose-based BrightInsight is a spin-off from contract manufacturer Flex and has raised funding for its internet-of-things platform for connected medical devices and drug delivery systems.

Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us.(VOX)

In the era of neurocapitalism, your brain needs new rights.


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

CAN – CIHR Catalyst Grant: Addressing Musculoskeletal Conditions and Arthritis in Canadians (read more)

CAN – CIHR Inuit Research Network Development Grant (read more)

CAN – CIHR Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Consortium – Travel Award (read more)

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