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Here are some highlights from this week’s Health Innovation Roundup:

Local headlines

  • The University Hospital Foundation has partnered with Avenue Edmonton’s publisher Odvod Publishing to launch HERE, which will share stories about healthcare innovation. The inaugural cover story features the Ex-Vivo Organ Support System, which keeps lungs alive for transplantation. The system was made possible in part by a $450,000 grant from the UHF and a $100,000 grant for a clinical trial from the Alberta Transplant Innovation Fund. Physical copies of the new magazine will be available in the August edition of Avenue Edmonton.
  • Aurora Cannabis Inc. is partnering with mixed martial arts organization UFC to study the effects of CBD on pain management, wound healing and recovery for elite athletes.
  • Physicians based out of Alberta Health Services’ Kaye Edmonton Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic developed a palliative treatment plan that has allowed two-thirds of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to die at home.
  • DynaLife is installing an automated medical test system from Atellica Solution, the first of its kind in North America. The new equipment will increase its capacity by 65 per cent.
  • Innovotech Inc. announced a shakeup in its board of directors as Dr. Wolfgang Muhs retired and the board appointed Copperstone Technologies CEO Dr. Craig Milne.
  • The national Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is warning that cancelling Edmonton’s superlab means lab techs are running out of room for equipment without it overheating.
  • The province is looking for physicians to sit on its Mental Health Review Panel. The deadline to apply is Aug. 5.
  • Health City re-launched its LinkedIn page


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Beyond Edmonton:

  • The Government of Canada announced $20 million in funding to help launch the CAN Health Network, an integrated market to help scale up small and medium-sized enterprises looking to commercialize health technologies.

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