NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation

Three years ago the Ontario Brain Institute and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) partnered to accelerate the development of a neurotechnology cluster in Ontario. Since then, the program, named NeuroTech Ontario, has fostered the development of game-changing technologies including devices, diagnostics, and health applications to improve the lives of people living with brain disorders. This past spring, the $13M program wrapped up a successful initial phase of building NeuroTech Ontario with 12 innovative projects from Ontario research institutions supported by $5.1M from the Government of Canada’s FedDev Ontario and $7.9M from industry partners. Continue reading “NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation”

Three Must See Technologies from the CP-NET Workshop

By: Nathalie Goodfellow, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

On March 24, I had the pleasure of attending the Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network( CP-NET), investigator workshop. The workshop was held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Center which had a spectacular view and even more impressive innovations. Attendees of the workshop were world-class researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs all passionate about improving our understanding and care for those living with cerebral palsy. Continue reading “Three Must See Technologies from the CP-NET Workshop”

NeuroTech Ontario Reaches Milestones

Start from strength. Ontario neuroscience is recognized for research excellence, which is the foundation required for the development of a neurotechnology cluster. NeuroTech Ontario is the collective commitment of the growing neuroscience industry in the province to create technologies that leverage advances in brain research to improve public health, public understanding, and spur economic growth. Continue reading “NeuroTech Ontario Reaches Milestones”

Celebrating Ontario’s Neurotech Cluster

By: Anna Han, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

Even the most innovative idea can lose its value if it has no applicability. Bringing scientific discovery into the market place is a very fascinating, yet challenging process that requires strong collaboration between many players. I recently witnessed the results of great teamwork in action – brilliant scientific discoveries turned into tangible products that address the needs of many Ontarians. Continue reading “Celebrating Ontario’s Neurotech Cluster”

The OBI Celebrates Interns and Entrepreneurs

By: Christopher Smith, PhD,OBI Intern with the Industry Relations team

As a recent PhD graduate people always ask me ‘what’s next?’ I believe this is possibly the most common question asked to new graduates, but it is also the most difficult to answer.  Continue reading “The OBI Celebrates Interns and Entrepreneurs”

The road to recovery

Image Courtesy of Providence Care

A unique approach brings movement to stroke survivors

BOTOX® and robots:  a curious pair.

But it’s this novel combination of medicine and technology that’s helping doctors and scientists find better treatments for stroke patients with limited movement.

More than 50,000 people in Canada suffer a stroke every year. Of them, more than one third develop a condition called spasticity. Continue reading “The road to recovery”