Each week Taproot brings together the latest on the research, technology, companies and people changing health and healthcare for the better in Edmonton. If you have a suggestion for a future edition of the roundup, send it to hello@taprootedmonton.ca for consideration.

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


  • Pfizer Canada and the Alberta Government are injecting $1.3 million for the Pfizer-Alberta Collaboration in Health. The money will be administered by Alberta Innovates.

  • GlycoNet named Dr. Warren Wakarchuk as its new associate scientific director replacing Dr. Stephen Withers.

  • Edmonton health tech company Umay’s product Umay Rest was named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards honoree earlier this month.
    “I grew up watching the inventions and trends from CES and the impact they have had on our tech and digital world. It’s a privilege for Umay Rest® to be recognized by the judges not only for the innovation behind our product but for the power it has to contribute towards Tech For a Better World,” said Umay founder and CEO Ali Habib.
  • IMBiotechnologies Ltd. has received Health Canada approval for Ekobi Embolization microspheres, for the treatment of hypervascularized tumours and enlarged prostates.
  • Alberta Health Services will be building a 40,000 square-foot facility to centralize drug preparation and distribution for Alberta hospitals.
  • TELUS Health is offering screenings of Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis.
  • Alberta Innovates was named to the shortlist of the Strategic Innovation Fund – Health and Biosciences competition. Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.
  • Folio had an article warning that more research is needed on CBD, the non-psychoactive medicinal ingredient found in the marijuana plant, and it should not be treated as a panacea.


  • The Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses will be hosting Neuro Frenzy 2018 on Nov. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bernard Snell Hall at 8440 112 Street.
  • The Alberta Health Services Rehabilitation Engineering Challenge hosted by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research Innovation and Technology Working Group will take place at the ETLC Solarium at the University of Alberta from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29.
  • The Accelerating Primary Care Conference will be held at the Westin on Nov. 29 and 30. The event will feature stories from patients and providers, innovations and discussions.
  • The next edition of the Health City breakfast will be held at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club at 9450 Groat Rd NW on Dec. 5 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a presentation from the City of Edmonton’s Smart Cities team and a look at local company, IMBiotechnologies. Tickets are $40.
  • Health City CEO Reg Joseph will be speaking at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce YEG Innovates on Dec. 5 at The Sutton Place Hotel at 10235 101 St NW from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • The 2019 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health Symposium will be held in Edmonton from April 14 to 16.
  • Abstract submissions for eHealth 2019 have closed, but there is room at the conference for delegates. The conference runs from May 26 to 29 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON.

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