Government of Canada invests in women’s health solution through Build in Canada Innovation Program

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November 23, 2017 - Gatineau, Quebec  - Public Services and Procurement Canada

Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation to help health care professionals provide improved personalized follow-up care to women.

Densitas Inc. received a $565,069 contract for DM-Density, a software solution that will help health-care specialists provide more accurate assessments of breast density. The software aims to improve mammography quality and help radiologists provide high-quality and personalized follow-up care to women. The innovation is being tested by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada.

Canadian innovators can submit their proposals on the Build in Canada Innovation Program’s website.


Quotes

“The Build in Canada Innovation Program plays a vital role in fostering innovation in Canada. It has contributed to creating 1,684 new full-time jobs across the country and generated significant economic impact. Of those companies the program has helped, 80% of firms have successfully commercialized their products and 50 different innovations have been exported to 44 countries.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“Supporting the continued growth of emerging companies is essential to realizing Canada’s potential as a global leader in innovation. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the government is helping Nova Scotia companies like Densitas Inc. move their products from the lab to the marketplace, enabling these companies to grow while addressing important challenges such as cancer detection and women’s health.”

Andy Fillmore
Member of Parliament for Halifax

“We’re excited to see our innovations provide on-demand information about women’s breast health. Radiologists are able to use our technology with existing hospital picture archiving and communication systems to process standard digital mammograms and measure breast density. This contract is validation of the demand for our technology.”

Mohamed Abdolell
Chief Executive Officer, Densitas Inc.

Quick Facts

  • The software developed by Densitas Inc., DM-Density, provides on-demand, reliable and reproducible density assessments, which help radiologists optimize care decisions that may lead to earlier cancer detection and improved clinical outcomes.

  • Densitas Inc. develops machine learning technologies that deliver actionable information for personalized breast health.

  • A total of 22 Build in Canada Innovation Program contracts have been awarded to Nova Scotia companies, for a total value of close to $10 million.

  • More than 280 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.

  • More than $122 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.

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Ashley Michnowski
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
819-997-5421

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada
819-420-5501
media@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

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