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Last week, TEC Edmonton and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises from Public Works and Government Services Canada hosted seven federal organizations in one afternoon to help innovators get the resources they need.

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The house was packed with entrepreneurs and innovators, eager to get a personalized look into the federal programs and initiatives that are designed to help them find funding, access resources, and increase tax savings.

In the opening remarks from the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), a representative from Public Works and Government Services stated that “Often, Canadians don’t buy Canadian technology. As the Government of Canada, we’re trying to change that.”

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Next up, complimentary federal innovation programs and services were introduced, including NRC-IRAP, NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, the 
Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Incentive Program, and more.

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Following the introductions was a question-and-answer period with the innovator’s panel featuring entrepreneurs with firsthand experience accessing the services.

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The afternoon ended with breakout sessions hosted by each organization, giving attendees the opportunity to receive individualized, one-on-one assistance.

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The day turned out to be a success with many attendees staying until the very end to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the organization representatives face-to-face. Thank you to all who attended, and to Public Works & Government Services Canada for co-hosting the event. For those who weren’t able to attend, check back again for similar events to be held in the future!

 

On October 25, the Westin Hotel in downtown Edmonton will be transformed into a celebration space for the Startup Canada Awards, Prairie Region. This year, TEC Edmonton is co-hosting the awards ceremony with Startup Edmonton.

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Throughout the summer, award nominations were submitted by the innovation community for individual entrepreneurs, companies and startup communities that have helped put the prairie region on the map for their entrepreneurial undertakings. This awards ceremony provides an opportunity to recognize hard-working people and companies helping to advance Canada’s innovation landscape.

This year, six award categories have been added for the first time: a High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award, Women Entrepreneur Award, Indigenous Entrepreneur Award, Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, Resilient Entrepreneur Award, and the Startup Canada Policy Prize.

Past winners of the Startup Canada Awards in the Prairie Region include:

  • Tom Fath, Angel Investor, President & CEO of the Fath Group – Senior Entrepreneur of the Year (2015)
  • Kristina Williams, TEC Edmonton Board Member, President & CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation – Entrepreneur Promotion Award (2015)
  • Brian Day, President & CEO of Campbell Scientific – Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairie Region (2015)
  • Allan Scott, TEC Edmonton Co-Founder and Former President & CEO of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation – Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)
  • Sensassure, 2015 VenturePrize Fast Growth Winner – Innovation Award (2015)
  • Randy Thompson, Director of TEC Venture Angels – Investor of the Year (2014)
  • TEC Edmonton – Incubator of the Year (2014)


Attending this event will be a great way to show support for entrepreneurs and support organizations in the Prairie Region – and tickets are free!
We hope to see you there!

August 18, 2016 – Edmonton, AB – Wheelchair users facing persistent shoulder strain or injury will soon have assistance thanks to a device recently developed by University of Alberta researchers and partnered with help from TEC Edmonton’s Technology Management team.

The technology, called RedlinerTM, takes concepts used in wearable technologies and applies them to wheelchair users: a wheelchair “wears” the device to monitor a user’s propulsion parameters, with the goal of preventing overexertion that can lead to shoulder injuries. Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell, one of the RedlinerTM inventors and a Professor in the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, found in a UK study that 66 per cent of wheelchair users with a spinal cord injury experience shoulder pain and injury caused by wear and tear during wheelchair use.

Development of the technology inspired the formation of Redliner Inc. by Calgary entrepreneur David Evans. The licensing agreement gives Redliner Inc. the exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and sell the device worldwide. Research will continue in collaboration with Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell’s group at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and could involve several graduate student opportunities.

The prototype device has the same accessible characteristics of a typical wearable: it is anticipated to cost close to $100, has a battery life of approximately four days, communicates with a smartphone and has the capability to send data to a web dashboard.

The web dashboard will be able to contribute data from Redliner users to an anonymized repository that will help researchers understand the root causes of shoulder pain and injury. In the future, the team plans to use this data to create open-access information in Google Maps, allowing wheelchair users to plan routes around their physical capabilities.

“We have been very impressed with the quality of work done by TEC Edmonton in the past,” says David Evans, President of Redliner Inc., “By association, the Redliner opportunity was presented to us. The continued support we have received from TEC Edmonton has led to at least two more novel technologies which are likely patentable. The current state of the emerging technology has far exceeded any of our expectations, in large part due to our partnership with TEC Edmonton and the U of A.”

TEC Edmonton originally connected the University of Alberta research team with David Evans, who saw the potential in the technology and quickly committed to helping develop it further. The Technology Management team also facilitated the development of a prototype and helped identify funding to support future trials and graduate students to staff the projects.

Jayant Kumar, Vice President of Technology Management at TEC Edmonton emphasized, “It was our pleasure to play a key role in the exclusive license of this technology to Redliner Inc. We hope this license will mark the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the company and the research group of Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell at the University of Alberta.”

About TEC Edmonton

TEC Edmonton helps technology entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates Greater Edmonton’s largest accelerator for early stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community. TEC Edmonton provides client services in four broad areas: Business development, funding and finance, technology commercialization and entrepreneur development.

In 2015, TEC Edmonton was identified by the Swedish University Business Incubator (UBI) Index as the 4th best university business incubator in North America, and was also named Canadian “Incubator of the Year” at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.

For more information, visit www.tecedmonton.com.

About Redliner Inc.

Redliner Inc. is an Alberta company actively involved in developing technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Its recently licensed product, Redliner, is an activity monitor for wheelchair users developed by researchers at the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard
Director, Communications & Marketing
TEC Edmonton
780-492-0707
Stephanie@tecedmonton.com

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Last week, we introduced six of the companies presenting at the Health Accelerator Summit on September 21st before the Banff Venture Forum. This week, we’re sharing the next six companies representing MedTech and Devices, Pharma and Biotech, and Health IT sectors. Don’t forget to register for the summit to meet the representatives in person!

 

Pacylex

As a developer of precision medicine solutions for cancer, Pacylex’s proprietary paired biomarker and therapeutic technologies hold promise for a wide range of cancers.

 

Tealbook

Tealbook is a next-generation supplier knowledge platform, and helps companies instantly access and share trusted supplier intelligence to significantly reduce time and effort of supplier discovery, exponentially increasing the scale and productivity of procurement teams.

Tevosol

Tevosol is a medical device company developing the Ex-Vivo Organ Support System (EVOSS), capable of increasing the number of donated organs viable for transplantation. The portable warm perfusion device is intended to achieve better recovery of organs, better resuscitation of dysfunctional organs, and longer preservation of function with the opportunity for ex-vivo treatment and evaluation.

 

Triumvira
Triumvira Immunologics is a biotechnology company developing a novel platform for engineering T cells to recognize, attack and kill cancers. The company is developing products that target leukemias, lymphomas and solid tumors and are just 18 months from human testing.

 

Vivametrica

Vivametrica uses data from digital biomarkers (step counters, heart rate monitors, sleep trackers, etc.) and turns these basic measures into health analytics information, in the form of personal health scores. With this information the company created ways to predict risk for chronic diseases, and can also compare personal scores to those of others.

Xtorx

XORTX Pharma Corp. is a therapeutics company with a de-risked, fast track strategy to develop the first inhibitor of progressive kidney disease in diabetic nephropathy (DN) and polycystic kidney disease (PKD).  XORTX aggregated and built a solid patent portfolio focused on the inhibition of a new mechanism of disease action that accelerates kidney disease.

The Health Accelerator Summit will also include a panel discussion with industry leaders from the health sector, and will explore strategies behind building a solid, innovative healthcare ecosystem.

We hope to see you there!

The revival of the Health Accelerator Summit as a part of the Banff Venture Forum provides the opportunity for those from the investment, biotech, university and business communities to get a behind-the-scenes look at several technology-based healthcare companies.

In addition to getting an in-depth look at the latest healthcare industry trends, attendees will have the opportunity to see investable healthcare companies present rapid-fire elevator pitches. The technology-based companies represent MedTech and Devices, Pharma and Biotech, and Health IT sectors.

Today, we’re introducing six of the presenting companies. For the chance to meet them in person, register for the summit!

Contextual-genomics

Contextual Genomics develops and delivers genomics-based molecular diagnostics to cancer patients. It is developing a suite of genomics-based cancer tests to improve cancer prevention, treatment, and monitoring.

 

Encycle

Encycle Therapeutics is a drug discovery company that utilizes a proprietary chemistry that allows for the synthesis of more drug-like peptides, which have the potential to be excellent therapeutics.

Exciton

Exciton Technologies is a research and development company that focuses on the creation of technologies for preventing and controlling infection. Exciton’s technologies bring silver-based wound care products out of the elite market segment and into broader commercial and consumer applications.

 

iTrauma-Care

Innovative Trauma Care Inc. (“iTraumaCare®”) is an early-stage medical device company focused on developing and marketing point of injury solutions to address preventable death in trauma. iTraumaCare’s initial product is the iTClamp® Hemmorhage Control System, a trauma clamp device that can be applied within seconds of wounding for temporary management of uncontrolled bleeding in vital areas.

Madenco

Madenco Biosciences Inc. is a recently established, wholly owned subsidiary of Quest PharmaTech Inc. Madenco is focused on developing and commercializing scientifically validated medical devices and consumer health products through development, licensing and acquisition.

MagnetTx

MagnetTx Oncology Solutions is developing world-leading technology that combines a linear accelerator with real-time (concurrent) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to deliver radiotherapy to cancer patients, with a goal to reduce radiation treatment margins and improve cancer patient outcomes.

The Health Accelerator Summit will also include a panel discussion with industry leaders from the health sector, and will explore strategies behind building a solid, innovative healthcare ecosystem.

We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t yet heard, on August 25, TEC Edmonton and the Office of Small & Medium Enterprises of Public Works & Government Services Canada are bringing seven federal organizations under one roof to help innovators get the assistance they need. The event will take place all afternoon at TEC Edmonton’s TEC Centre in the heart of downtown Edmonton, and will consist of small-group sessions designed to give individualized advice for leaders of small and medium enterprises.

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Here’s why you should attend:

Entrepreneurs and researchers will get an exclusive look at seven organizations and how they can help. Whether you need access to funding or strategies for getting your innovation to international markets, the answers will be found here. The organizations in attendance are:

Meet innovators who have gone through the same process. The innovator’s panel will be made up of entrepreneurs who have previously accessed services from each program, giving attendees first-person insight on their experiences.

Small group sessions will give participants the chance to receive individualized advice. Each session will be small enough for participants to have their specific questions answered by each program’s representatives. Participants will walk away with comprehensive information and next steps for their organizations, as well as the chance to get to know the faces behind the federal family of innovation programs.

To learn more about the event and to register, please visit the event page. We look forward to seeing you there!

How do we help our clients? It starts with you and your technology-based products, services or processes. You may have a startup company that needs to go to the next level. Or your early-stage company is ready to ramp up, but you need assistance and guidance. Whatever your next step, we will help you get there.

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T-Squared Accelerator program delivers new opportunities in mentoring, development and  incubation with up to $100,000 in funding available annually from TELUS

August 2, 2016 – Edmonton, AB TEC Edmonton and TELUS today announced the launch of the T-Squared Accelerator, a collaboration that will provide promising early-stage Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies with 12 months of free incubation space and support in Edmonton’s Enterprise Square, along with seed funding to advance their business. TELUS will contribute $200,000 annually to fund the program, with $100,000 going directly to the selected startups to advance their businesses.

The T-Squared Accelerator program is specifically interested in companies developing platform technologies in the areas of: seamless customer experience, Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, health and wellness data integration and analytics, and technologies to improve high-speed wireline connectivity.

“TELUS is committed to leading the way with innovative solutions and encouraging Canadian technology success stories in Alberta and across Canada,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ Chief Technology Officer. “TEC Edmonton shares our vision of growing the next-generation of great Canadian tech entrepreneurs, making them a natural fit to collaborate with on the T-Squared Accelerator.”

In addition to free incubation space, TEC Edmonton will provide business mentorship, market research services, investor preparation assistance and access to its wide-reaching industry network, including angel investors. Product development, technical guidance and global market insight will come from TELUS’ nationwide team of experts, including support from their Chief Technology Office located in Edmonton.

“The young, innovative ICT companies selected for the T-Squared Accelerator will receive product development guidance and customer insight from TELUS, at a level they might not otherwise have access to,” said Chris Lumb, CEO of TEC Edmonton. “At the same time, they will get mentoring, market research, licensing and patenting expertise and other resources from TEC Edmonton. The combined package will grant them tremendous growth opportunities, which in turn benefits our region’s economy and startup industry.”

A joint venture of the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta, TEC Edmonton was rated Canada’s #1 incubator by Startup Canada in 2014 and fourth best incubator in North America by the 2015 University Business Incubator (UBI) Index. Since 2011, TEC Edmonton clients have generated $680M in revenue, raised $354M in financing and funding, invested $204M in R&D, grown employment by 21-26% per year and now employ over 2326 people in the region. In addition, TEC Edmonton has assisted in the creation of 22 spinoffs from the University in the last five years.

To learn more about the T-Squared Accelerator program or to apply, companies can contact Program Director and TEC Edmonton Executive-in-Residence, Shaheel Hooda at tsquared@tecedmonton.com.

About TEC Edmonton

TEC Edmonton helps technology entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates Greater Edmonton’s largest accelerator for early stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community.

TEC Edmonton provides client services in four broad areas: Business development, funding and finance, technology commercialization and entrepreneur development.

In 2015, TEC Edmonton was identified by the Swedish University Business Incubator (UBI) Index as the 4th best university business incubator in North America, and was also named Canadian “Incubator of the Year” at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.

For more information, visit www.tecedmonton.com.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.4 million subscriber connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines, 1.6 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 1.0 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider.

TELUS in Alberta:

TELUS is planning to invest $4.5 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across Alberta over the next four years. By the end of 2019 TELUS expects to have invested $46 billion in Alberta since 2000 to extend the reach of advanced wireless and wireline telecommunications infrastructure throughout the province. As part of that commitment, TELUS has connected homes, businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in more than 20 communities directly to TELUS’ fibre network in order to support sustained innovation and fuel the province’s economic growth. The TELUS Health team is leveraging technology innovation to deliver better health outcomes for Albertans as the province’s leading provider of electronic medical records for physicians and as a partner of the Alberta government in introducing online personal health records.

In support of the company’s philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, team members and retirees have contributed more than $118 million and 1.89 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout Alberta since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS has 15 local community boards dedicated to supporting local projects. The two Community Boards in Alberta have donated more than $12.5 million in support of more than 1,000 local charitable projects since inception, in partnership with regional TELUS Community Action Teams.

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard
Director, Communications & Marketing
TEC Edmonton
780-492-0707
Stephanie@tecedmonton.com

Ryan Bazeley
TELUS Media Relations
604-230-3268
ryan.bazeley@telus.com

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