Event attendees were the first to witness three local medical teams pitch their groundbreaking ideas to revolutionize patient care to the Accelerators Panel. Congratulations to them all.
The Headband: A novel stimulator to prevent falls
Ricci Penn Prize Recipient
Falls are the main cause of injury-related hospital visits among elderly Canadians. Dr. Martin McKeown is developing a lightweight wearable device to prevent falls by connecting an electronic unit with the bones behind the ears to deliver customized electronic stimuli to the human balance system.
Real Time Reconstruction: A 3-D surgical cutting guide for head and neck cancers
Audience Choice Bradshaw Prize Winner
Dr. Eitan Prisman has designed an innovative, low-cost 3-D surgical cutting guide called Real Time Reconstruction for head and neck cancers. A mathematical algorithm is used to create a patient-specific reconstruction plan. This will lead to more accurate reconstructions and decreased surgical time.
Surgical Mitral Valve Repair. Percutaneously
Judges Choice Award Winner
Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the most common heart valve disease in the Western world, and often requires open heart surgery. Dr. Peter Skarsgard has invented a medical device that allow the mitral valve to be repaired through the leg, reducing risk, and resulting in shorter hospital stays and recovery times.
The new Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award, presented by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, has been created to recognize the exceptional capabilities, achievements and leadership of an individual from the medical device, biotech, diagnostics and/or health care industries.
Inaugural winner, Dr. Donald Ricci presented the 2019 prize to Dr. Dianne Miller.
In addition to being a co-founder of OVCARE, she has led incredible breakthroughs in research and patient care, which will benefit countless women at risk for ovarian cancer.
The Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee is a collection of individuals who bring a set of unique knowledge and skills from the health and innovation sectors. Learn more
The Innovators’ Challenge Accelerator Panel is made up of four prominent members of the health care and technology industries. They will evaluate each project presented based on how the presenters can demonstrate the potential to improve patient care, bring forth savings to the health care system, their commercialization potential, and if it has significant advantages to existing or potential competitors. Learn more