Clinify secures $2M from Thin Air Labs and other investors

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Welcome to the Midweek Memo which features a bit of news and a bunch of upcoming events. In this issue, a health tech startup secures $2 million, plus five meetups and activities to consider. By the way, our last Briefing featured a dozen stories you may have missed. See you on Sunday for the next one.

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Clinify founder Michael Omidele (Credit: LinkedIn)

Calgary-based Clinify secures $2M to digitize health records in Africa

Calgary-based Clinify, a medical data platform, revealed that it’s closed a CAD$2 million investment from Thin Air Labs, HaloHealth and other strategic angel investors. Approximately CAD$1.34 million came from Thin Air Labs Fund I, with the remaining amount from the other round participants.

According to a Thin Air Labs blog post, Clinify founder Michael Omidele built the company because he knew how important digital medical records are to improving patient outcomes. "Michael lost a close family member as a result of a medical records mix up in his home country of Nigeria,” explains Thin Air Labs' head of story Leah Sarich in the article. “This loss fueled Michael’s desire to create a solution. And Michael’s background in healthcare gave him the confidence and expertise to turn this desire into a viable business.”

Last fall, Clinify rolled out its electronic medical record (EMR) platform in Africa. Since then, according to reporting in BetaKit, the business has deployed its tech with “over 10 medical insurance groups, 130 healthcare providers, and 12,000 patients.”

Sarich writes that Omidele’s ultimate goal is to harness tech and data-driven insight to power healthcare for Africa’s 1.4 billion people. Speaking to Sarich, Omidele said: “Data is the smartest way to effect real change. Using data to drive health care efficiency is the best way to improve patient outcomes.”

Now, let's get into Calgary's upcoming events...

SPARK Calgary Application Information Session | Feb 17 (online)

SPARK Calgary supports evidence-based digital health innovations and is a W21C Research and Innovation Centre initiative, supported by Innovate Calgary. In this session they will cover the following: A short description and history of SPARK Global, including its origins at Stanford University; SPARK Calgary program information and values; and the application process for SPARK Calgary's April 2023 cohort.

Tech Sales Tuesday | February 21 (online)

Held the first and third Monday of the month (between September and June) each session features technology entrepreneurs receiving feedback and new perspectives from a panel of five highly successful technology salespeople who have over 100 years of combined tech sales experience.

Artificial Intelligence Meetup | Feb 21 (online)

Gather with the brightest minds in the AI community from Alberta and beyond at Amii’s Virtual AI Meetup. Learn about the latest tools and techniques in machine learning, and explore topics that researchers and industry professionals are thinking about or working on. This month's meetup is a panel discussion on the topic of tackling healthcare projects using federated learning. Moderated by Payam Mousavi, Amii's Applied Research Scientist, the panel features three Amii co-authors of Federated learning enables big data for rare cancer boundary detection, a paper recently published in Nature.

Harnessing Developments in AI Cyber Security Automation | Feb 22 (The ISA Calgary Section)

Dive deep into the compute power of GPUs and how this platform enables the needed compute speed to provide scale and real-time scanning.

InceptionU Demo Day - Cohort 9 | Feb 24 (online)

Join InceptionU on February 24 to see the culmination of six months of hard work by their Cohort 9 learners. Working in teams, they have successfully built mobile and web applications to solve real business problems. Through this project-based course, they have honed their skills and are ready for employment in Calgary's tech sector.

For more local tech and business events, check out our friends at In the Know YYC.

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