How to Transform a Promising Idea from the Lab to Life

OBI is working towards creating an inclusive society for neurodiverse people that accommodates a vast range of needs. In the last decade alone, we have seen plenty of promising tech coming out of Ontario’s neurotech cluster. Entrepreneurs and researchers are coming up with creative solutions to directly address barriers that exist for people with brain disorders in becoming active members of society.

Put simply, these advancements in neurotechnology are the result of us getting better at taking a great idea developed in the lab and translating it into a tangible tool that can help people lead fuller lives. Continue reading “How to Transform a Promising Idea from the Lab to Life”

Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob

Jacob’s case study is quite an important one to share.

Jacob has a milder form of Cerebral Palsy, where he can walk by himself in a walker, but needed help in improving his gait. He also has some speech difficulties, but his cognition is perfectly fine. Jacob’s family got the Trexo in November 2019 hoping to see some benefits from it.

 

As soon as they started using the device, they started noticing improvements in his walking and overall strength and balance. Continue reading “Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob”

Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs

With a focus on promoting brain health, the OBI ONtrepreneurs Program was established in 2012 to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to bring their ingenious neurotech ideas to life. The program offers an investment of $50,000 as well as 12-months of training opportunities, one-on-one mentorship and commercialization support to help entrepreneurs build neurotech companies.

Currently in our ninth year, we are proud to introduce our latest cohort of 2020 ONtrepreneurs – recipients of Canada’s single largest award for early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs.

Meet OBI’s 2020 ONtrepreneurs – learn about their personal stories, passions and the neurotech they’re working on. Continue reading “Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs”

Adapting To New Normals Through Neurotechnology

 

We take brain health for granted. We tend not to think about it until something changes and a once simple task becomes difficult. Remember when you incurred a sports injury and were on bed rest for a few weeks; the time when you were feeling low and struggled to reach out to one of your friends or family members; or imagine you tapping your feet to your favourite song and not being able to stop after. While most of us may recover and return to our former ability, 1 in 3 people affected by a brain disorder live with these challenges.

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Grooming Entrepreneurial Talent for Great Health Returns

Ontario has one of the highest concentrations of neuroscientists in the world, creating an opportunity for a thriving industry around the development of neurotechnologies to treat brain disorders. However, a study of Ontario’s ability to develop a neurotechnology cluster highlighted two obstacles; a lack of access to capital and insufficient managerial talent. Continue reading “Grooming Entrepreneurial Talent for Great Health Returns”

Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care

By: Johnathan Tran, Informatics & Analytics Intern, Ontario Brain Institute  

It’s easy to take for granted how important a healthy brain is until it isn’t.  Made up of billions of interconnected cells, the human brain, encased in a solid boney skull, is remarkably resilient but this does not make it immune to injury. When the head is shaken or jarred, the brain can collide with the skull, damaging its cells and causing a cascade of negative symptoms. Continue reading “Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care”

Taking Control Of Epilepsy With Diet Therapy In A Pill

By: Aparna Shukla, OBI Intern, Informatics & Analytics

Imagine having to live with sudden changes in sensory perception, loss of consciousness and involuntary muscle convulsions. More than 50 million people worldwide and approximately 90,000 people in Ontario live with epilepsy, including nine-year-old Adam. Continue reading “Taking Control Of Epilepsy With Diet Therapy In A Pill”