Telus L-Spark Medtech accelerator reveals eight startups in first cohort


L-Spark has revealed the eight startups participating in its new medical technology accelerator program, which is being launched in partnership with Telus, BlackBerry, Solace, and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

The program will provide a tech platform…to advance the creation, integration, and commercialization of connected medical devices.

First announced in July, the six-month virtual accelerator program, which is now running, will provide business mentorship to accelerate the growth of the participating companies and facilitates relationships with healthcare organizations to provide feedback and help validate the companies’ solutions.

The chosen companies were part of a selection process that culminated in pitches to a 12-member selection panel.

In addition to mentorship and technical support, the program will provide a tech platform that allows entrepreneurs to advance the creation, integration, and commercialization of connected medical devices and associated software.

The program’s tech platform is aimed to securely connect medical devices from any location and make them immediately usable and remotely manageable. The accelerator will also provide startups access to tech support to help entrepreneurs integrate their medical devices and software solutions into the platform.

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The new cohort includes:

Chirp: has created an ambient sensing device to remotely monitor the well-being of ageing adults.

Dispension: is pioneering secure automated IoT kiosks equipped with advanced biometrics and virtual care capabilities for restricted product distribution.

HelpWear: has developed a wearable heart monitoring system worn on a patient’s bicep for prevention, detection and better treatment of heart-related illness.

Home Health Systems: has created a real-time remote vital signs monitoring solution for elder care, inpatient and outpatient monitoring, and athlete safety and performance.

Hyivy Health: has created a pelvic rehabilitation device with trackable data for women who have pelvic cancers and diseases.

LocateMotion: offers an AI-powered platform aimed to facilitate real-time telehealth services, predictive wellness insights, and innovative care models for senior care.

NERv Technology: uses data within the body to detect postoperative complications. Its first application focuses on gastrointestinal leaks.

Qidni Labs: is developing a wearable blood purification system that would provide home-based dialysis for patients with kidney failure.

Image source NERv Technology.

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