H2i Commercialization Awards Kickstart Student Entrepreneurs

Awards Kickstart Student Entrepreneurs

Oct 24, 2016

Author:  Dan Haves

H2i Health Commercialization Award winners (l to r) Robert Brooks, Cameron Stewart, Alex Bibily and Mark CiceroH2i Health Commercialization Award winners (l to r) Robert Brooks, Cameron Stewart, Alex Bibily and Mark Cicero

At this year’s Health Commercialization Awards, nine teams of U of T students had a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges. They were all vying for one of three $5,000 Student Entrepreneurial Fellowships to help them develop their ideas with support from the Health Innovation Hub (H2i). Whether they were breaking new ground or putting a fresh spin on an old idea, these students all had unique and innovative plans to improve health outcomes.

One of the winning pitches was from Radiology residents Mark Cicero and Alex Bibily who are developing a system to automatically interpret chest x-rays through the use of machine learning. They’ve demonstrated this automation to reliably interpret chest x-rays as normal or abnormal with a 91% accuracy. Currently this work is done manually by radiologists and physicians and is a time-intensive process.

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