Federal funding helps launch a hub to commercialize preventative health technologies related to aging
SURREY, BC, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Seniors are an important part of families, communities and workplaces. They help grow Canada's economy and can share valuable knowledge and experience. As Canada's aging population grows, we face new challenges and opportunities to ensure the continued health and vitality of Canadian seniors.
That is why the Government of Canada is helping foster the well-being of seniors and Canada's future prosperity through a $3.5 million investment in the new the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle. The funding was announced today by Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The Digital Health Circle will help bring innovative health technologies to market by sharing resources and addressing industry gaps. They will facilitate networking events, create custom training programs and provide business consultations to target audiences. The hub will also give industry access to state of the art technology, development tools and collaborative workspaces. By helping commercialize preventative health technologies, the Digital Health Circle will help create jobs, reduce healthcare costs and support increased independence and quality of life for Canadian seniors.
"Congratulations to the Digital Health Circle. As we build a knowledge economy in Canada, it's important that we invest in initiatives that help make Canada a prime destination for investment, talent and growth in health and biosciences. Today, we move the Innovations and Skills Plan another step forward."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
"AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub's Digital Health Circle addresses the pressing need for innovation related to health and aging. Through the Digital Health Circle, Western Canadians will have access to cutting-edge health technologies and improved quality of life."
- Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre
"The mission of the Digital Health Circle is to help British Columbia's older adults live well with independence, dignity and good health. Using cutting edge human-centered design methodologies we help BC companies design solutions that fit the needs of their customers. The Digital Health Circle's team of experts supports the creation of innovative new digital solutions that have real-life impact to our current and future aging generations."
- Sylvain Moreno, CEO, AGE-WELL Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle
SOURCE Western Economic Diversification Canada
For further information: Amanda Costa, A/Regional Communications Manager, Western Economic Diversification Canada, 604-603-9480, [email protected]; Sylvain Moreno, CEO, Digital Health Circle, [email protected]