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

Local headlines

  • Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, a non-profit partnered with the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has attracted more than $25 million in research funding since it launched last fall. The non-profit has gotten 19 companies to invest in Edmonton by working with Mitacs, a federal grant organization, to bring in more than 100 internships over the next five years. API also brought back Isotechnika founder Robert Foster to Edmonton through a partnership with Hepion Pharmaceuticals.
  • University of Alberta spin-off company True Angle Medical Technologies and its swallowing aid Mobili-T won the Vancouver AGE-WELL competition. “The prize money will support the next rounds of testing and studies, as well as the prototypes required for these. There will also be support and mentorship opportunities around commercialization as well as development,” said chief product officer Dr. Gabi Constantinescu.
  • Ana (Automated Nanny Agent), a chatbot prototype being developed out of the University of Alberta’s Alberta Machine Intelligence Institutecould offer companionship to lonely seniors.
  • Sandra Spencer is the new manager of the University of Alberta Health Accelerator.
  • Global’s Su-Ling Goh recently profiled Edmonton chef Brad Smoliak. He is the longest surviving Mustard Procedure patient who recently received a Ventricular Assist Device at the Mazankowski Heart Institute while he waits for a heart transplant.
  • Edmonton-based free online database DrugBank was mentioned in a Global Edmonton story to explain butyrylfentanyl, a substance found at the scene of a drug lab bust in Old Strathcona.
  • The Government of Alberta is accepting expressions of interest until Aug. 13 for the Alberta Health Technology Trade Mission to MEDICA — World Forum for Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany from Nov. 18-21. For more information, contact Svenja Chenikel, Senior Trade and Investment at 780-427-0472 or by email,
  •’s vice president of product Siyavash G. Nia was on the Ryan Jespersen Show to talk about the Edmonton-based company’s augmented reality ultrasound technology.


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