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TENET Innovation to Commercialization (i2c) pitch competition

Submitted by melanie.tibbetts on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:21pm

TENET i2c

TENET i2c is a “Dragon’s Den” style pitch competition that will award up to $100K to a team of University of Calgary researchers. The prize money will enable the winning team to transition medical treatment into product development. 

Short-listed teams have been undergoing entrepreneurial training with Innovate Calgary. Upon completion of the training program, successful teams will be given the opportunity to pitch at the final event. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and hear the pitches.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
2 - 6:30 p.m.
HRIC Atrium
Register to attend

Program:
2 p.m. - Product demo
3 p.m. – Pitch presentation
5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:15 p.m. – Winner is announced!

Questions? Contact i2c@ucalgary.ca

Meet our finalists

Detection of Colorectal Cancer

An interdisciplinary team of experts in clinical metabolomics has created a blood test that will change the way colorectal cancer is diagnosed. Not only will the blood test detect colorectal cancer, it will also uncover pre-cancerous colon polyps. This sensitive and inexpensive test is poised to replace stool tests, as it represents a more convenient means to screen for early disease.

Team members: Oliver Bathe (Surgical Oncologist), Hans Vogel (expert in metabolomics), Farshad Farshidfar (Postdoctoral fellow, Metabolomics), Karen Kopciuk (Biostatistician), Robert Hilsden (Gastroenterologist).

Contact: Oliver.Bathe@ahs.ca

Dog Lyme Disease Home Test

Our company, TreAsure Assays Unleashed, makes practical and inexpensive tests for owners to detect Lyme disease and other outdoor infectious diseases in their dogs. Our customers frequently go hiking or camping and are concerned about the severe symptoms and under-diagnosis of these diseases. Our novel technology accurately detects antibodies in a pin-prick of blood with tests comparable to glucometer strips. The tests transmit to cell phones and are supported by an app that captures and interprets results, sends repeat test reminders and notifies upon entering high risk areas.

Team members: Jeroen De Buck (Associate Professor, bio-engineer and veterinary infectious disease specialist), Cecile Riboud (DVM, Marketing Specialist), Domonique Carson (MSc student, Communication Specialist and liaison with Hiking with Dogs), Marija Drikic (PhD candidate, Technology Specialist).

Contact: jdebuck@ucalgary.ca

Rehable

Rehable appreciates the importance of independent mobility for living a healthy, safe and happy life. We develop portable robotic braces to help stroke patients recover their mobility using engaging gamified software, which motivates and tracks their progress. Our team works passionately with doctors and patients to provide an affordable option for rehabilitation exercise assistance in clinics and at home. The result? Helping eliminate a person’s movement disability and saving clinics’ time and money.

Team members: Jacob George (MSc biomedical engineering student), Kartikeya Murari (Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering),
Riley Booth (MSc biomedical engineering student), Calvenn Tsuu (P.Eng. in mechanical engineering), Isaac Acosta (MSc biomedical engineering
student), Sean Dukelow (MD, PhD, FRCPC, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of Clinical Neurosciences).

Contact: jacob.george1@ucalgary.ca

Rhinoclear Nasal Care Solutions

Rhinoclear Nasal Care Solutions provides a clinically proven effective and convenient pre-mixed nasal rinse solution (Rhinorinse) and ergonomically designed nasal lavage system for the treatment of nasal and sinus disease. Rhinoclear has partnered with Chief Medical Supplies and Alberta Injection
Molding to produce this Alberta made product.

Team members: Brad Mechor (Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgeon) and Merle Olson (Chief Medical’s Research Director)

Contact: nosemd.ca

teleTraumaDoc

With the touch of a button have access to world class trauma specialists, anywhere, anytime. The teleTraumaDoc is changing the landscape of remote trauma care by allowing timely evaluation, remote diagnostics and early lifesaving interventions. By combining new advances in worldwide telecommunication systems, the portability of ultrasound, supporting world-wide trauma experts, teleTraumaDoc provides guidance to novice users for early diagnostics and intervention of critically ill trauma patients. Based on the transmission of ultrasound video and patient telemetry data almost any user can be guided with standardized communication protocols for the early evaluation of a trauma patient.

Team members: Paul B. McBeth, (MD, MASc, FRCSC, P.Eng), Andrew W. Kirkpatrick (MD, FRCSC, FACS), Douglas Hamilton (MD, PhD, MSc, FRCPC, ABIM, PE, P.Eng)

Contact: pmcbeth@gmail.com

Vivametrica

Vivametrica’s wearable device analysis decreases the cost of underwriting of health and life insurance policies and decreases health care and claims costs. Vivametrica’s patent-pending health risk analyses are being tested in pilot programs with reinsurance and insurance carriers throughout the world. We monetize using monthly subscription payments or a yearly licensing model and began generating revenue in early 2016. Vivametrica’s founders are from the Section of Orthopaedics, Cumming School of Medicine, Mount Royal University, and the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford University.

Team members: Rick Hu (CEO and Founder), Christy Lane (COO and Co-Founder), Matthew Smuck (Chief Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder), Cam
Schwieder (Lead Developer), Sarah Akierman (Project Manager), Rosabel Bong (Communications Manager), Aliakbar Mohsenipour (Data
Scientist), Qicheng Zhang (Data Analyst), Patrick Czeczko (Application Developer)

Contact: vivametrica.com