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


        • BioAlberta released a state of the industry report on life sciences in Alberta. Responses from 238 companies indicate that the three major issues facing the industry are access to qualified personnel, sustainable funding for research and commercialization, and the need to build a supportive environment for innovation and commercialization.
        • University of Alberta professor David Wishart is part of a team using artificial intelligence to predict new illegal drugs before they hit the streets. Applications of this research can be used in fighting street drugs, preventing overdose deaths, and detecting drugs in sports.
        • The U of A’s Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium is seeing great strides with a therapy that uses virtual reality to help veterans overcome their PTSD. So far, 19 veterans have taken part in the project.
        • A machine with Alberta-developed technology can shorten treatment time for cancer patients. The machine, which has MRI imaging and radiation abilities, underwent clinical trials this past September at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.
        • U of A professor James Shapiro is one of the recipients of the inaugural Leonard Award from Lilly Canada, which recognizes those dedicated to advancing diabetes management. The award is for Shapiro’s work on developing the Edmonton Protocol for islet cell transplantation.


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