Canadian innovators advance in the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge

Media advisory

Longueuil, Quebec,  — 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:

Stage 1 winners list moving on to Stage 2
Organization Location Project name
Tidal Medical Toronto, Ontario Remote Detection of Respiratory and Cardiac Pathology using a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Wearable
Pelican MRI Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Ultralight MRI for Remote and Isolated Communities
Université de Montréal Montreal, Quebec SPRINT – Surface plasmon resonance intelligent nanosensor technology
University of New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick An electrochemical sensor for rapid cancer biomarker detection
Applications MD Saint Lambert, Quebec EZResus
PLAKK Montreal, Quebec Saving Lives One Scan at a Time: An Artificial Intelligence-Powered Ultrasound Guidance and Analysis Tool to Predict Stroke Risk
Pulsence North Vancouver, British Columbia Pulsence
Sonoscope Inc. Longueuil, Quebec Hands-free automated ultrasound diagnosis module
IndigenousTech.ai Ottawa, Ontario AI-powered Solution for Dermatology for Primary Care Practices in Remote Communities
LightX Innovations Inc. Boisbriand, Quebec LightX Innovations – Vision diagnostics
Swift Medical Toronto, Ontario Pocketable, Skin and Wound Diagnostic and Monitoring Solution
Optican Systems Inc. West Vancouver, British Columbia The OptiScan Near Infrared Probe for real-time Health Monitoring
ADGA Group Consultants Inc. Ottawa, Ontario AI-Powered Virtual Medical Assistant
Alentic Halifax, Nova Scotia Lensless Microscopy Diagnostic Platform
Neursantys Inc. Calgary, Alberta NEURVESTA: Remote management of neurovestibular and sensorimotor disruptions
Texavie Vancouver, British Columbia Autonomous, Comfortable, Health-Sensing and Therapy MarsWear Apparel For Deep Space and Remote Terrestrial Applications
McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario Heart-Tracker: A wearable platform for real-time monitoring of cardiac markers in interstitial fluid
Wosler Corp. London, Ontario Autonomous Diagnostic Ultrasound Services in Deep Space and Remote Communities
Luxsonic Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SieVRt Cardiac
Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) Hamilton, Ontario Development 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: asc.medias-media.csa@asc-csa.gc.ca.

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