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Canadian Innovators Advance in the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
May 31, 2022
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LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Impact Canada have selected the 20 semi-finalists for the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge, a competition to develop innovative healthcare technologies for people living in remote communities now, and crews on long-duration space missions in the future.

The teams selected by the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge jury will receive $30,000 in prize money and advance to Stage 2. In the second stage, semi-finalists will build a proof-of-concept that can generate data in a lab environment.

The semi-finalists are:

OrganizationLocationProject name
Tidal MedicalToronto, OntarioRemote Detection of Respiratory and Cardiac Pathology using a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Wearable
Pelican MRISaskatoon, SaskatchewanUltralight MRI for Remote and Isolated Communities
Université de MontréalMontreal, QuebecSPRINT – Surface plasmon resonance intelligent nanosensor technology
University of New BrunswickFredericton, New BrunswickAn electrochemical sensor for rapid cancer biomarker detection
Applications MDSaint Lambert, QuebecEZResus
PLAKKMontreal, QuebecSaving Lives One Scan at a Time: An Artificial Intelligence-Powered Ultrasound Guidance and Analysis Tool to Predict Stroke Risk
PulsenceNorth Vancouver, British ColumbiaPulsence
Sonoscope Inc.Longueuil, QuebecHands-free automated ultrasound diagnosis module
IndigenousTech.aiOttawa, OntarioAI-powered Solution for Dermatology for Primary Care Practices in Remote Communities
LightX Innovations Inc.Boisbriand, QuebecLightX Innovations – Vision diagnostics
Swift MedicalToronto, OntarioPocketable, Skin and Wound Diagnostic and Monitoring Solution
Optican Systems Inc.West Vancouver, British ColumbiaThe OptiScan Near Infrared Probe for real-time Health Monitoring
ADGA Group Consultants Inc.Ottawa, OntarioAI-Powered Virtual Medical Assistant
AlenticHalifax, Nova ScotiaLensless Microscopy Diagnostic Platform
Neursantys Inc.Calgary, AlbertaNEURVESTA: Remote management of neurovestibular and sensorimotor disruptions
TexavieVancouver, British ColumbiaAutonomous, Comfortable, Health-Sensing and Therapy MarsWear Apparel For Deep Space and Remote Terrestrial Applications
McMaster UniversityHamilton, OntarioHeart-Tracker: A wearable platform for real-time monitoring of cardiac markers in interstitial fluid
Wosler Corp.London, OntarioAutonomous Diagnostic Ultrasound Services in Deep Space and Remote Communities
LuxsonicSaskatoon, SaskatchewanSieVRt Cardiac
Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii)Hamilton, OntarioDevelopment of an Autonomous and Tele-operable Medical Robot for Ultra Rapid Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Cancers and Other Needlescopic Interventions

For more information on the Challenge and project descriptions, please visit the Impact Canada webpage.

Media interested in speaking with a CSA expert, or with any of the semi-finalists, may contact the CSA’s media relations office: [email protected].

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