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:


  • TEC Centre Labs at TEC Edmonton officially opens two accelerators: the University of Alberta Health Accelerator and the Merck Invention Accelerator to health innovation and entrepreneurship in Edmonton.
  • City Council’s Executive Committee accepted a report without discussion that gave an update on the Health City initiative. An update from Health City stated it is positioned to secure a minimum ten-fold return on investment.
  • A team out of the University of Alberta tied for top place in a DREAM Challenge (Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods) to find an algorithm that would predict which prostate cancer patients would respond to which medication.
  • GlycoNet released its annual report, which highlighted the fact it distributed or committed $15.9 million in research funds, with 61 research projects.
  • David Staples wrote about BioNeutra and its organic sweetener VitaFiber.
  • The ASTech Foundation held its awards ceremony at NAIT on Friday. The University of Calgary’s Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn took home the award for health innovation for her work creating a data platform to find gaps in chronic kidney disease care.
  • Avenue Magazine released its Top 40 under 40 and among this year’s honourees are many Edmontonians in the field of health innovation.


  • The Home Health Monitoring Technologies Forum will take place on Nov. 6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 16615 109 Ave. in Edmonton starting at 7 a.m.
  • The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital will be hosting Spotlight on Innovation: Health to Home at the Westin Hotel on Nov. 7. The event will be focused on solving the challenges people with disabilities face transitioning from healthcare settings to their homes.
  • The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health is hosting a panel on Efficiency in Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses on Nov. 2 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Ottawa. Those who can’t make it in person can register for the webinar.
  • Abstract submissions for eHealth 2019 have closed, but there is room at the conference for delegates. The conference runs from May 26 to 29, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON.

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