Dash MD & Hexyoo Scientific Announced As Winners Of Ignite 2016!

Dash MD & Hexyoo Scientific Announced As Winners Of Ignite 2016!

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce Dash MD as the Young Entrepreneur winner and Hexyoo Scientific as the General Entrepreneur winner of the 2016 Ignite Competition. Both companies have taken the top prize of $25,000 each. Dash MD are the creators of a mobile app that helps patients track, manage, and find the care they need once they’ve left the hospital. Their goal is to provide patients with the tools and resources they need to successfully traverse their road to recovery. Hexyoo Scientific are the creators of a proprietary gel based pressure ulcer pad for use in a hospital setting. The gel pad, placed over a mattress has embedded sensors to help healthcare providers with the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers. “We’re so grateful for this opportunity that has been given to us by Durham Region generally and by Spark Centre specifically,” said Zack Fisch, CEO of Dash MD. “These funds and the support that comes with them will be put towards helping patients across Ontario, and beyond.” “The team is honoured and excited to receive this award”, said Bob Macmillan, President of Hexyoo Scientific Inc. “Hexyoo’s vision and venture has been validated by the recognition of the Ignite 2016 process and the support received by Sparks Centre staff. We are committed to this venture, the product, and look forward to the next chapter in our journey.”          Along with the $25,000 prize, these two companies will be given free office space in Spark Centre’s head office The Loft, located in Oshawa, and will also join Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers significant advisory and business support services...
Whitby-based KAI Innovations Acquires Trimara Corporation

Whitby-based KAI Innovations Acquires Trimara Corporation

KAI Innovations announced that it has acquired Trimara Corporation, a medical technology company based in Ottawa that has a primary focus offering an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution to physicians in Ontario.  Trimara is one of the fastest growing companies in the market and recently completed the acquisition of two smaller vendors in 2015. The multi-million dollar acquisition was an all-cash deal that has not altered the current share structure of KAI Innovations.   Arjun Kumar, CEO of KAI Innovations said “This is an exciting milestone in our rapidly expanding business.  We are excited to have the management team from Trimara join KAI Innovations as we have been impressed with their work.  The acquisition not only advances our already impressive growth rate, but the resulting team will be one of the strongest and most innovative in the market.”  On plans for the future, Mr. Kumar feels “We will continue to offer a top quality solution at economical prices.  It will be difficult for competitors to match our offering now that we have reached this position”. President of Trimara Corporation, Kris van der Starren, who will be joining KAI Innovations as the Chief Information Officer said “This amalgamation of top-talent in the OSCAR EMR space will benefit clinicians and clinical staff and improve patient care through the combined team’s ability to drive innovation into the OSCAR platform for all users of OSCAR. This is an extremely positive evolution for the entire OSCAR market and I am proud to be a part of it.” While KAI Innovations will look to expand nationally in 2016, majority of its operations will remain focused onOntario...
UOIT ACE looking to develop further university research collaborations

UOIT ACE looking to develop further university research collaborations

Southern Ontario certainly gets its share of heat alert days every summer. But hot weather on a specific day is never guaranteed. If you are a Kinesiology researcher trying to examine how athletes respond to exercise in extreme heat, this means you only have a short windows of opportunity to set up an ideal testing scenario for obtaining important new data.Made-to-order weather conditions that are consistent and predictable are a researcher’s dream. And that’s exactly what the ACE Climatic Chambers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) provide: the ideal environment for extreme weather testing. When UOIT Faculty of Health Sciences Kinesiology Instructor Michael Williams-Bell and his third-year Exercise Physiology students needed a place to study the cardiovascular response of exercise in a hot and humid climate, they turned to ACE. “ACE is a state-of-the-art facility that optimizes student learning by offering hands-on experience outside of the classroom that cannot be provided simply through lectures or a textbook,” said Williams-Bell, who is also a PhD candidate in UOIT’s Applied Bioscience program, “We needed specific temperatures and exact humidity conditions to replicate a mid-July heat alert day, and ACE delivered. ACE has the capacity to enhance our understanding of environmental, occupational and sports physiology.” For the two-day test, stationary bikes were set up in one of the ACE climate chambers. ACE cranked the temperature to a sweltering 35 degrees Celsius (ACE can go as high as plus 60 or as low as minus 40) with the humidity dialed up to 60 per cent. In the scorching conditions, Williams-Bell and his team recorded the participant cardiovascular vitals. The data will...
Q&A with Spark Centre Client, Sound Options

Q&A with Spark Centre Client, Sound Options

Sound Options is one of the companies recently accepted into Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program. The company was started after the team’s years of research in tinnitus. This led to Sound Options creating an innovative approach to treating tinnitus: personally customizing a sound therapy using current understanding of tinnitus and cutting-edge software.  “We’re excited to have Sound Options with us in the Thrive Accelerator. The team has developed an incredibly novel solution to a real problem that many people face daily – we’re looking forward to seeing rapid growth in the market” – said Braden Kemp, Director of Client Services and Thrive Accelerator Program at Spark Centre. Spark Centre sat down with Michael Chrostowski, PhD, President & CEO of Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments Inc. to talk about the impact his business is making in the industry and what advice he has for fellow entrepreneurs. What is Sound Options? Sound Options provides a treatment for a hearing disorder called Tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears. We’ve developed software that incorporates neuroscience research to be able to provide a customized sound therapy. Everyone’s condition is unique and has their own tinnitus profile and that’s what has made this condition very difficult to treat. What we have done is embed a computational model of the hearing brain into our software which partly came out of the research I did during my PhD at McMaster. This allowed our software to take a person’s hearing along with their tinnitus profile and predict an optimal sound therapy. Our software then embeds into music, uploads it to the cloud and allows a person to listen on their own device. We...
New Durham tech startup bringing pharmacies into digital age

New Durham tech startup bringing pharmacies into digital age

by Al Rivett, durhamregion.com  A start-up tech company that had its genesis on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus has hatched from the incubator and is hard-charging through to the next state in the evolutionary process of a fledgling business. “We’re going to be in a position to be a well-funded start-up. We’re exiting the introductory phase of a business and going into the early-growth phase,” said Spencer Turbitt, co-founder and CEO of iApotheca Healthcare Inc., a company offering custom software solutions for small- and medium-sized pharmacies, allowing them to digitize their businesses with user-friendly applications. “We made some great connections with pharmacy organizations and there has been some luck involved, too. The good thing about coming out of the introductory stage is we’ve got a lot of the risky moments of a start-up out of the way. There are lots of new ones to come but, basically, we’ve validated our products and we know the industry wants our products as well as other ones we’re developing and advancing on.” iApotheca’s product, explained Mr. Turbitt, is an online portal that’s customized for pharmacies. There are two modules in the portal; one for tracking policies and procedures and, as new policies are added, pharmacy owners can access them digitally to track whether employees have read and acknowledged them. There’s another set of modules focused on workflow, designed to save pharmacies time and money, while cutting down on medication errors. Pharmacies use the portal and the customized software on a monthly subscription basis. “The online portal can be accessed from anywhere, with any device or any computer — laptop or...
Durham College Hosts 5th Annual Research Day

Durham College Hosts 5th Annual Research Day

On Thursday, April 30, Durham College’s (DC) Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE)hosted its fifth-annual Research Day at the college’s Oshawa campus. Staff members from ORSIE were joined by the DC Leadership Team, student and faculty researchers and community and business partners to share the importance of research on campus and highlight the applied research and innovation projects currently underway. The day focused on areas significant to the local and provincial economies and highlighted the agriculture, health care, gaming and wearable technology sectors. Diverse breakout sessions were held throughout the morning and Courtney Cole, founder and CEO of ForAHealthyMe Inc. delivered the keynote address about the convergence of economics, aging, demographics and the role of technology in the delivery of healthcare. DC’s rapid prototyper was also demonstrated for those in attendance. “Over the past five years the college’s research agenda has advanced significantly thanks to the creativity and expertise of our faculty, staff and students,” said Judy Robinson, vice-president, Academic. “Under the leadership of ORSIE many unique applied research projects have been supported, helping us all prosper through innovation.” Since launching five years ago, ORSIE has made incredible strides in the pursuit of the college’s applied research agenda by responding to business and industry needs for practical solutions through applied research and innovation activities, while providing real-world experiences for students. As part of DC’s research agenda ORSIE has entered into several agreements with local small and medium-sized businesses in the environmental, energy, social sciences and humanities fields, developing strategic research plans, forming an ethics board and receiving significant research funding from several government agencies. “There is an...