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Medical startups compete for $15,000 in prizes at U of T accelerator’s pitch event

From using seal oil to treat nerve damage to a new tool to aid minimally invasive surgery, entrepreneurs from the University of Toronto and beyond tested out health-focused business ideas during the Health Innovation Hub’s (H2i) recent pitch competition. Six startups presented their ideas before a panel of three judges at U of T’s ONRamp…

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H2i Client featured on DailyMail – The ‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton that can let disabled children walk again

A Canadian startup has developed a device that allows children with disabilities to walk. A new exoskeleton from Tréxō Robotics consists of robotic legs that can attach to any walker and give kids with Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, and other immobilizing conditions the chance to escape the bounds of a wheel chair and move on their…

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H2i Client in UofT Magazine – How a Verbal Test Can Reveal Your Brain Health

WinterLight Labs analyzes speech for evidence of even mild dementia. All patients need to do is describe a picture If you’ve ever worried that you or a loved one has cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve likely gone this route: an apprehensive trip to the family doctor; a battery of physical and mental tests;…

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A space for startups: U of T’s ONRamp to connect Ontario entrepreneurs

One of the biggest challenges Albert Tai faced when launching a startup was finding the space to do it. The co-founder of Hypercare, a communication and collaboration app for doctors, recalls bouncing from classroom to coffee shop at the University of Toronto as he and his team looked for places to hold meetings and work on their idea.…

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H2i Client wins the James Dyson Award for Canada

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO’S FORCE-FILM WINS NATIONAL JAMES DYSON AWARD Two University of Toronto PhD students are taking home the Canadian national James Dyson Award for Force-Film. The technology is a thin surgical instrument add-on that accurately measures forces exerted on tissue from minimally invasive surgery. Robert Brooks and Justin Wee built the patent-pending design. The device…

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H2i Client wins Hatchery’s Lacavera Prize for Entrepreneurship

$10,000 Lacavera Prize: Xpan — Expanding keyhole surgery Team Xpan (left to right: Zaid Atto (EngSci 1T6 + PEY), Seray Cicek (EngSci 1T6+ PEY), Chevis Dilbert (MechE 1T6 + PEY)) has created an expandable tool to help with laparoscopic surgery. (Photo: Tyler Irving) Laparoscopic surgery — sometimes known as ‘keyhole surgery’ — is an attractive…

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H2i Client in MarketsInsider – Centric Health Announces Strategic Agreement for Innovative Medication Delivery Appliance

Centric Health Corporation (“Centric Health” or “the Company”) (TSX: CHH), Canada’s leading diversified healthcare company, today announced that it has signed a strategic distribution and supply agreement and a strategic investment with AceAge Inc. (“AceAge”) for its “Karie” home-based automated drug delivery appliance. Designed for individuals taking multiple medications, particularly seniors living independently or without full-time care,…

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How do you build a more diverse tech company? It starts at the top

When Huda Idrees founded Dot Health, a health technology startup in Toronto, she had a radical thought: what if her new company’s culture didn’t have to suck? In an industry where women and people of colour are often underrepresented, a company’s first hires typically reflect its founding team — so mostly white, and mostly male. But Idrees’s…

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UofT’s science leaders talk women diversity, discrimination in STEM

University of Toronto students Ekaterina An, Alexandra Mogadam and Melissa Galati  spent countless lunch breaks talking about the challenges they face as women in medicine. An and Mogadam are in the master’s program and Galati is a PhD student in the Institute of Medical Science at the Faculty of Medicine. They talked about issues like how conscious women have to…

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H2i Client in U of T News – How a U of T startup is helping disabled children walk like ‘Iron Man’

“Why do mechatronics engineering if you can’t build something to help someone?” Few product tests are as emotional as the one Manmeet Maggu performed at his brother’s house near Delhi last summer. The MBA student at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was watching as his eight-year-old nephew Praneit, who suffers from severe…

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