Ontario's Technologies Show Considerable Promise
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Projects from seven Ontario companies (shown below) have been selected among a pool of 20 proposals to commercially develop or advance their technologies. The projects span across a broad spectrum of medical technologies including imaging, diagnostics, remote monitoring and assistive devices.
Minimally Invasive 3D Imaging Catheters - Colibri Technologies is developing 3D imaging catheters that will provide image guidance during a wide variety of cardiovascular procedures. By creating a versatile, disposable and relatively inexpensive catheter that uses ultrasound to create 3D images inside the body, physicians will be able to do their procedures with improved safety and success rates in less time with lower overall procedure costs. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Prostate Imaging Processing Software and Coil Technology - Sentinelle Medical's (www.sentinellemedical.com) project is designed to further the field of prostate imaging using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) through the development of two new products. The first product will involve a software algorithm that will be used to automatically segment the prostate gland from previously obtained MR images to create a three-dimensional view for the radiologist, which can then be modified to his or her liking. The endorectal prostate MRI coil technology will act as an accessory to existing MRI units to produce higher quality images. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Mass Cytometry: Identification of Multiple Biomarkers - DVS Sciences (www.dvssciences.com) is developing a novel cell analysis instrument, based on mass cytometry, to determine the presence of multiple biomarkers in individual cells at high- throughput, for the diagnosis of rare diseased cells in patient samples (e.g., stem cells). - The technology is being developed in collaboration with University of Toronto's Department of Chemistry. Remote Monitoring Platform for Personal Health Management of Chronic Diseases - NexJ Systems' (www.nexj.com/uhc.aspx) project involves the development and evaluation of a novel remote patient monitoring system which integrates NexJ's eHealth Suite with Bluetooth-enabled medical devices using technology developed at the University Health Network (UHN). The project will enable health coaches and physicians to monitor blood pressure and blood glucose for patients with chronic illnesses, specifically economically challenged diabetic patients, in their home using a BlackBerry device. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with the UHN's Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and with York University. Eye-Gazing Head Display for Wearable Low Vision Assistive Device - eSight (www.esightcorp.com) is developing a head-worn assistive device for people who experience inoperable, low-vision resulting from disease or trauma. The device consists of a high-resolution video camera and two "micro-displays" to significantly improve the wearer's view of the world by optimizing the use of his or her remaining visual function. The incorporation of gaze tracking technology will enable contextual, local application of image enhancement algorithms based on the wearer's specific point of focus within the device's broader field of view. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with the Vision Research Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Automated Sample Preparation System - Certo Labs (www.certolabs.com) is developing an automated sample preparation system for analytical and contract research laboratories. Standard sample preparation laboratory techniques are expensive, time-consuming, error-prone and operator dependent. Certo's system will help alleviate the burden placed on many labs that face manual preparation for the analysis of nutrients, drugs and toxins at a low throughput of 20 samples per technician per day. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and with the Toronto-based engineering company, Kangaroo Design and Innovation Inc. 3G Word Prediction - WordQ (www.wordq.com) is writing software for individuals with disabilities that helps predict words. The software offers plug-ins including SpeakQ, which provides speech recognition and keywords in combination with word prediction and speech output. Quillsoft, the maker of this technology, is currently developing new prediction algorithms that will consider contextual information, as well as improve accessibility for disabled-individuals, often compromised within-browser writing applications. - The technology is being developed in collaboration with Bloorview Kids Rehab.
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