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


    • An Edmonton-made device is helping patients continue rehabilitation at home, reported Global News. The portable device Fepsim helps treat hand, wrist, and arm injuries by restoring flexibility and strength.
    • RWI Synthetics was recognized as Most Edmonton Startup of the Year at the YEG Startup Community AwardsDrugBank was also named Best Startup Workplace.
    • Edmonton-based startup MACH32 recently received an AICE Validate Grant from Alberta Innovates to support the development of its autoinjector SAVIOR. The device utilizes an intraosseous access system coupled with a regulated medication delivery system to deliver life-saving medications.
    • Albertans in palliative care will no longer need to pay for pre-filled syringes starting June 1. The government-sponsored palliative coverage program provides supplementary health benefits to Albertans in palliative care who choose to stay in their home or a hospice.
    • U of A psychiatry professor Dr. Bo Cao is exploring whether people who use cannabis will later develop problems with opioids. The study will use health care data to look at the relationship between the two substances in a medical setting, reported the Edmonton Journal.
    • Canadian-led project which includes U of A researchers is using an innovative solar-powered oxygen system to help save lives in Somalia.
    • Applications for the second cohort of the Digital Health Integration Readiness Program (Pre-HaTCH) closes on June 4. The program was launched by Health City and Brightsquid to prepare small and medium enterprises to reach commercialization of products.


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