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:


  • Edmonton-based Atlas Biotechnologies Inc. made a 20 per cent investment in Flavocure, a Maryland-based oncology biotech research firm. Flavocure Biotech has a patent pending on therapeutic molecules that use cannabis flavonoid derivatives in cancer treatment. Flavocure is looking at treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia, pancreatic cancer and glioblastoma, also known as brain cancer.
  • The Institute of Health Economics published an environmental scan of current initiatives within Alberta to accelerate the diagnostic phase of cancer care in the province. The Alberta Health Services Cancer Strategic Clinical Network commissioned the environmental scan, which authors say will be the first step towards a “comprehensive and coordinated provincial strategy for facilitated diagnosis of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma in Alberta.”
  • Trioova, an Edmonton-made telehealth app, has launched. The app connects healthcare providers with patients allowing them to book appointments, share progress photos and share messages.
  • A University of Alberta-developed test for HPV is undergoing a pilot project in Nairobi, Kenya and Edmonton in hopes of increasing cancer screening in East Africa. Researchers hope the minimally-invasive swab assay will improve access by bringing self-administered swabs to places where pap smears have only been available.
  • The Alberta government, in partnership with the Alberta-Japan office and the Canadian embassy, is recruiting Alberta companies to participate in Medical Japan 2019. The fifth international elderly and health care expo and conference will be held from Feb. 20 to 22, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. For more information, email Nancy Terris.


  • The Alberta Health Industry Association breakfast on Nov. 14 will be co-hosted by the Health City. AHIA Director Tricia Cisakowski and Health City President and CEO Reg Joseph will be giving presentations.
  • 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.
  • 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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