Mitacs Accelerate partnership leads to development of high-tech diabetic insoles

By 2020, it is estimated that diabetes will cost the Canadian healthcare system $16.9 billion a year. In response, Calgary-based Orpyx Medical Technologies is developing a product that is garnering the attention of the diabetes technology community. The SurroSense Rx is a pressure sensitive insole that relays plantar pressure information to a wristwatch, notifying the user when damage is being done to their feet so that behavior can be modified to avoid complications.

A match made in digital philanthropy

The well-informed and critical nature of this response which contributed to the downfall of the Kony campaign is part of a growing trend among would-be philanthropists to scrutinize the practices of charities to whom they might otherwise give. Recognizing such a trend in philanthropy, Calgary-based Dexterity Ventures Inc. saw a need to match donors to deserving charities, launching Place2Give.com as a depository of accessible and transparent information for over 86,000 registered Canadian charities.

Elevate fellow fine tunes access to innovation

“While I was working on my PhD, that’s what I was focused on. I needed time to foster industry relationships after my PhD, but I was still in an academic mindset. The Elevate program gave me the technical and practical skills to move to the next level.”

And he’s doing just that in the second year of his Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellowship. Gurjit is working with partner company Unitron Hearing, in collaboration with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto to make hearing care accessible through the internet. 

Elevating the interplay of art and science

Peter is currently in the final year of his Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University. Supported by his industrial partner, Sentinelle Medical, Inc. (a Hologic company), he is focused on clinical applications of combined MRI and ultrasound for improving diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

At the heart of the Quartier des spectacles’ projections

The company which conceives, produces and communicates commercial, event-related, museum-based and artistic experiences to touch, amaze and surprise, specializes in the production and projection of living imagery and soundscapes feels inspired by the possibilities the newly implanted art-and-culture dedicated architectural space at the heart of Montréal’s downtown core, and hopes to showcase its world-renowned know-how there, as it does at New York’s Metropolitan Opera where it is responsible for the scene effects in Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s cycle, or by making sparks fly unde

Monte Carlo, Northern Saskatchewan

When NexLev took on the challenge of automating the operation of wastewater treatment plants for communities in Northern Saskatchewan, Iskra explains, “we needed a mathematician, but not just any mathematician. We needed someone with the latest, cutting-edge knowledge in fields such as fuzzy logic, modeling, probability theory and Monte Carlo simulation. The problem was this type of person is extremely difficult to find and also very costly.”

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