Ontario's Innovative Health Technology Businesses Get Boost from Strategic Partnership



    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - A three-way collaboration between the Health
Technology Exchange (htx.ca), National Research Council Canada Industrial
Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), and Ontario Centres of Excellence
(OCE) Inc. is stimulating growth in Ontario's medical and assistive
technologies industry. The partnership will strengthen Ontario's leadership
position in this sector, improving quality of life while reducing economic
pressures on the province's public health care system.
    With a growing and aging population, new challenges and increased
financial demands threaten the province's most cherished social programs. The
partnership will co-invest with small and medium sized businesses in the
sector to support their research and development efforts. These investments
will support collaborative research drawn from the province's publicly funded
research institutions, bringing the brightest minds to focus on
sector-specific needs. The objective is to create new, commercially viable
products for the medical and assistive technologies industry, generating new
business opportunities and jobs in the sector.
    Each of the three partners brings the benefit of its particular expertise
to the evaluation of potential projects. Working and investing collectively
strengthens the projects and increases the likelihood of success. HTX has
exceptional knowledge of and connections within the sector, and NRC-IRAP has a
solid track record supporting research and development in small and medium
sized enterprises. OCE brings to the partnership the rigour of its
commercialization expertise and its systematic approach to accelerating
technology to the marketplace.
    "This initiative is a tremendous example of our confidence in the ability
of Ontario's research community to spur commercial innovation," said Mark
Romoff, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. "Medical
technologies play a critical role in sustaining the social benefits enjoyed by
Ontarians while reducing costs and improving the efficiency of the health care
system. We are confident that the results of this partnership will have a
positive impact on the provincial economy and the quality of life for
Ontarians."
    "Ontario is proud to invest in Ontario Centres of Excellence and htx.ca -
The Health Technology Exchange," said Premier and Minister of Research and
Innovation, Dalton McGuinty. "Each contributes to a health care system that is
more effective and efficient for all Ontarians."
    "We are announcing today that seven high-potential projects have taken
flight through the collaboration," says Morris (Mickey) Milner, President &
CEO, htx.ca - The Health Technology Exchange. "The projects support
collaborations around a diverse range of medical and assistive devices and
will have impact across the sector."

    Attodyne Inc. and the University of Toronto will develop a high power
laser for medical and dental surgery that will improve healing and reduce the
surrounding tissue damage that can result from existing laser technologies.

    Best Medical Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre are
collaborating to develop a device to automatically measure the position of
dosimeters during radiation therapy in cancer treatment. This new device will
allow true 4D patient dose measurements during radiation therapy.

    Dynamis Mobility and Georgian College are partnering to improve the
performance and maneuverability of patient transfer devices. The result will
improve the safety, speed and flexibility of patient transport for both
patients and healthcare workers.

    Genopod Inc. and Trent University are working together to develop a
universal sample container with an embedded read/write radio frequency
identification (RFID) chip for identification and tracking. They are also
developing a chemical medium to preserve blood and tissue specimens without
ice or refrigeration.

    GestureTek Inc., the University of Ottawa and McGill University are
collaborating to enhance GestureTek's Interactive Rehabilitation and Exercise
(IREX) system and produce guidelines for clinicians using IREX for
measurement, assessment and rehabilitation purposes.

    Quillsoft Ltd. and Bloorview Kids Rehab are partnering to develop
software to help children with learning disabilities. Their work will enhance
the word prediction software, WordQ(TM), and develop ThoughtQ(TM), which acts
as a student's scratchpad for ongoing visual and spoken reference, predicting
and prompting words associated with a particular topic.

    Tertec Enterprises Inc. and Seneca College are researching and developing
intelligent peripherals to extend the capabilities and functionality of the
Tertec Mon Ami(TM) system which serves as an electronic companion, guardian
and mentor to support active aging, caregivers and persons in need of care.

    About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of
cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of
tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE also
fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and
entrepreneurs, and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities,
colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. Celebrating 20 years
of innovation in 2007, OCE's five Centres work in communications and
information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy,
materials and manufacturing, and photonics.

    About htx.ca - The Health Technology Exchange (HTX)

    htx.ca - The Health Technology Exchange (HTX) is a not-for-profit
organization whose mission is to support and accelerate the growth of a
dynamic, prosperous MAT sector in the province of Ontario. HTX has a mandate
to support research and development and commercialization of medical and
assistive technologies emerging out of Ontario's public research institutions.
Financial support derives from the Ontario Ministry of Research and
Innovation. For more information, please visit the web site at www.htx.ca

    About National Research Council Canada

    Recognized globally for research and innovation, NRC is a leader in the
development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through
science and technology. The National Research Council Canada Industrial
Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and
business oriented advisory services along with potential financial support to
growth-oriented Canadian small - and medium-sized enterprises. Working
directly with these clients, NRC-IRAP supports innovative research and
development and commercialization of new products and services. The program is
delivered by a network of 260 professionals in 100 communities across the
country. Funds provided under this program are done on a cost-share basis with
their clients. For more information, please visit the web site at
http://irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/main_e.html.





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For further information: David Kinahan, Communications, Ontario Centres
of Excellence, at (416) 861-1092, or e-mail david.kinahan@oce-ontario.org

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