Health tech venture firm OTV closes new $170 million fund and expands into Asia

OTV (formerly known as Olive Tree Ventures), an Israeli venture capital firm that focuses on digital health tech, announced it has closed a new fund totaling $170 million. The firm also launched a new office in Shanghai, China to spearhead its growth in the Asia Pacific region.

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OTV currently has a total of 11 companies in its portfolio. This year, it led rounds in telehealth platforms TytoCare and Lemonaid Health, and its other investments include genomic machine learning platform Emedgene; microscopy imaging startup Scopio; and at-home cardiac and pulmonary monitor Donisi Health. OTV has begun investing in more B and C rounds, with the goal of helping companies that already have validated products deal with regulations and other issues as they grow.

OTV focuses on digital health products that have the potential to work in different countries, make healthcare more affordable, and fill gaps in overwhelmed healthcare systems.

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Integral Ad Science Expands Business Operations in India, Appoints Mehul Desai as Country Head

“We’re continuing our expansion across APAC, and welcoming Mehul to the IAS team will help fuel our innovation and growth for the region,” said Laura Quigley, SVP APAC, IAS. “Brand safety, ad fraud, and viewability have become even more critical in a complex regional advertising ecosystem. IAS’s growth in India will enable us to bring much-needed transparency to brands placing their digital investments in the region, helping them safeguard the brand reputation and maximize campaign performance.”

Mehul brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading innovative technology businesses to his new role at IAS, along with immense experience in engineering and R&D. He will help supercharge IAS’s product innovation and growth mandate in India, driving adoption of the company’s best-in-class measurement and verification solutions. Mehul will lead a team of ad-tech experts at IAS to establish strategic relationships with brands and agencies, helping them maximize

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Research expands number of temporary adhesives — ScienceDaily

Sticky office notes, bandage strips and painter’s tape are all examples of products that adhere to surfaces but can be removed with relative ease.

There’s only one drawback. To remove any of those adhesives, the glued surfaces need to be pulled apart from each other.

Dartmouth research has discovered a class of molecular materials that can be used to make temporary adhesives that don’t require force for removal. These non-permanent glues won’t be available as home or office supplies, but they can lead to new manufacturing techniques and pharmaceutical design.

“This temporary adhesive works in an entirely different way than other adhesives,” said Katherine Mirica, an assistant professor of chemistry at Dartmouth. “This innovation will unlock new manufacturing strategies where on-demand release from adhesion is required.”

The Dartmouth research focuses on molecular solids, a special class of adhesive materials that exist as crystals. The molecules in the structures are sublimable,

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GE Healthcare Expands AI, Digital and Imaging Solutions at #RSNA2020, Helping Shape Future of Healthcare in the COVID Era

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 29, 2020–

GE Healthcare today unveiled a slate of new intelligently efficient solutions to help clinicians solve today’s two-part challenge of delivering high quality care while managing greater capacity and workflow issues, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19. Building on continuing investments in innovation and digital health momentum, GE Healthcare is expanding its AI offerings and Edison ecosystem, and also introducing breakthrough imaging innovations that will help shape the future of healthcare.

“COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for an adaptable and digitized healthcare system that empowers clinicians with next generation tools which would have otherwise taken years to develop and adopt quickly, accelerating changes that would have otherwise taken years to adopt,” said Kieran Murphy, president & CEO, GE Healthcare. “At GE Healthcare, we remain committed to driving innovation to achieve precision health and improve lives. This includes continued investment in our Edison intelligence portfolio, and also development

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Catalogue vastly expands global knowledge of plant diversity — ScienceDaily

Leipzig could mean for the future of plant taxonomy what Greenwich meant for world time until 1972: it could become the reference city for correct scientific plant names. In an outstanding feat of research, the curator of the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University, Dr Martin Freiberg, and colleagues from iDiv and UL have compiled what is now the largest and most complete list of scientific names of all known plant species in the world. The Leipzig Catalogue of Vascular Plants (LCVP) enormously updates and expands existing knowledge on the naming of plant species, and could replace The Plant List (TPL) — a catalogue created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London which until now has been the most important reference source for plant researchers.

“In my daily work at the Botanical Garden, I regularly come across species names that are not clear, where existing reference lists have gaps,” said

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IAS Expands ‘Context Control’ Solution in APAC, Adds Bahasa Indonesia and Thai Language Capabilities

BANGKOK, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global leader in digital ad verification, today announced the launch of Bahasa Indonesia and Thai language capabilities for its Context Control solution. IAS’s contextual solution is now available worldwide in languages including Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Context Control incorporates the premiere semantic technology in the verification space to deliver unmatched accuracy and granularity in online content classification for IAS customers. Superior content classification enables a new level of precision and scale for marketers seeking to better navigate the content adjacencies associated with their online campaigns. With advertisers running campaigns in an always-on global news cycle, IAS provides critical brand safety and brand suitability solutions to accurately assess the full content and context of a page, regardless of language.

IAS’s patented semantic technology provides human-like machine comprehension of the vernacular Bahasa and Thai languages, taking

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Mastercard expands digital ID trial with Deakin and Australia Post

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Mastercard announced the quiet expansion of the trial for its digital identification service, following the successful completion of phase one with partners Deakin University and Australia Post.

Announced in December, the three parties kicked off two trials: The first for an identity verification process of student registration and digital exams at Deakin’s Burwood and Geelong campuses in Victoria, and the second integrating Mastercard’s digital ID solution with the one the postal service is working on.

See also: Australia Post a ‘trusted’ service provider for government identification

The pilot saw students create a digital identity in Australia Post’s Digital ID app and use it to gain access to Deakin University’s exam portal. Mastercard said the ID successfully orchestrated the sharing of verified identity data between the two parties, sending only the specific personal information required to permit entry using its network.

The three organisations expanded the trial to verify

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new Oppo phone expands with the flick of your finger

This week Oppo teased some impressive new smartphone display tech at its Inno Day 2020 event with its Oppo X 2021 concept device, which features a rolling screen similar to the LG device that we heard about earlier this month.



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The Oppo X 2021 concept handset was showcased with some fancy marketing videos demonstrating a screen that can seamlessly expand with just the flick of a switch. When activated, the screen slides out from the side of the phone, expanding its 6.7-inch variable OLED display all the way up to a generous 7.4-inches, and any size in-between. 

What makes this even more impressive is that in the live demos that were also shown, content automatically resizes itself if the screen is

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AbCellera Expands Technology Stack with Acquisition of Trianni for $90 Million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AbCellera, a technology company that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that can be developed to prevent and treat disease, today announced it has acquired Trianni, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at US$90 million. The acquisition deepens AbCellera’s technology stack with a suite of genetically engineered mice for generating diverse panels of human antibodies with drug-like properties.

“Trianni marks our fourth and largest strategic technology addition to date. With its technology and team, Trianni amplifies our capability to generate human antibodies and provides a strong foundation for developing increasingly powerful transgenic mouse technologies,” said Carl Hansen, Ph.D., CEO of AbCellera. “Trianni adds a key pillar to our platform, which now includes genetically engineered rodents, microfluidic single-cell screening, repertoire sequencing, AI-powered computation, and bispecific protein engineering. By integrating these technologies, we aim to provide our partners with access to a modern

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Google Expands Pay App With Bank Accounts and Debit Card

Alphabet’s Google said it expanded its Google Pay app to enable users to open back accounts, pay friends and manage budgets.



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The updated application debuted Wednesday.

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Alphabet partnered with Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union to launch the mobile bank accounts with plans to add 11 new partner institutions in 2021.

“Along with our bank partners, we were looking to make banking more relevant for the mobile-first generation,” Caesar Sengupta, general manager of payments at Google, told CNBC Wednesday.

“It will help our partners make banking more approachable to that generation, and not only make it more relevant, but make it more fun.”

Google will have so-called Plex checking and savings accounts, which have no monthly fees, overdraft charges or minimum-balance requirements.

People who sign up for Google bank accounts can request a physical debit card,

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