Growing the Clean Technology industry in BC

The roots of the clean technology industry in BC go back to companies such as Xantrex Technology, Ballard Power, Westport Innovations, Quest-Air, Delta Q,  NxtPhase Corporation and Cellex Power Products.   By 2004 it became clear that the industry was quietly exceeding over $600 million in revenues and employing thousands of people. The Power Technology…

Making eye care more accessible

Globally, 246 million people have low vision and 39 million are blind.  Incredibly, 80% of ALL visual impairment can be avoided or cured with regular exams and treatment.   Sounds easy,  but challenges such as access to early eye care, its cost and education are hurdles that many people can not overcome. Ophthalight Digital Solutions’…

Smart medication packaging helps keep Grandma healthier

Two thirds of Americans over 65 have two or more chronic diseases and require the patient to take 4 or more daily drugs.    Unfortunately they don’t always follow their medical plans, costing  the US healthcare system $290 billion annually and resulting in  10% of the avoidable hospital admissions. For the caregiver, the cost of this…

Stopping the devastation of brain aneurysms

Evasc Medical Systems Corp. is an endovascular medical device company whose primary focus is the development of a unique therapy, eCLIPsTM, which will help the thousands of people whose brain aneurysm occurs where the two arteries meet.   These weak branches often  bulge or balloon out, rupturing and  leaking blood into the space around the brain,…

Capacity building within Industry Canada

Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.  In the Pacific Region office,  the ICT function had just been transferred from  Spectrum,…

Using games to improve stroke recovery

Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States have strokes.  Recovery depends heavily on your ability to access physical therapy.    The Hand Mentor from Kinetic Muscles (KMI) in Arizona, uses gaming principles to encourage people to do the therapy that can help them recover the use of a hand or foot.    Recovery is based…

Using wearables to improve hospital outcomes

Tractivity is a wearable technology  that encourages  patients in a hospital to walk more.  Studies have shown walking only 400 steps extra a day can help reduce a hospital stay by 24 hours. When faced with competitors like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Apple what is a small tech firm to do? Pivot!    We helped Tractivity…

Small implantable batteries solve big healthcare problems

EaglePicher Medical Power is a world leader in implantable medical cells.  Built out of titanium or stainless steel, these small cells power incredible devices such as Cochlear Implants, Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators, and Pressure sensors. EaglePicher Medical is a small division of a large corporation.   They had  excellent technology but were wrestling with the best target…

Giving people back their lives

Medtronic is one the worlds largest producers of cardiac and neurological pacing equipment. Imagine your hands shaking so bad that you can not feed yourself, or not being able to stand anymore because your legs are trembling.  For Canadians who have have Parkinson’s or Tremors, these are real and everyday events. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)…

Accelerating the development of nanomaterials

SFU 4D LABS focuses on accelerating the design, development, demonstration, and delivery of advanced functional materials and nanoscale devices. Growing any business is hard let alone one like SFU 4D LABS  that  provides lasers, nanofabrication  and nanoimaging services to industry and academia. We implemented a strategic planning process that started with understanding why people do…