’21st-century stethoscope’ makes diagnosing faster and easier

Star Trek-like scanners may be on the verge of becoming a reality

’21st-century stethoscope’ makes diagnosing faster and easierFuturistic handheld scanners that can instantly diagnose all that ails us are on the verge of becoming a reality, thanks to a University of Alberta researcher whose use of artificial intelligence (AI) to pinpoint a growing host of disorders landed him an unprecedented research chair. Jacob Jaremko, a pediatric and musculoskeletal radiologist and researcher in…

‘Molecule libraries’ help speed the search for new drugs

Alberta-based 48Hour Discovery works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to streamline the process

‘Molecule libraries’ help speed the search for new drugsWith the cost of drug development beginning to skyrocket in the 1990s, pharmaceutical giants thought the path to better economics lay in high-throughput screening facilities that would test libraries that ranged in size from a few thousand up to million compounds at a time. “Separate shelves, many rooms, with the emphasis on robotics and automation…

Regulatory quicksand holds back clean tech in Alberta

Sitting on an enormous economic opportunity that could address current financial and environmental issues and help diversify the economy

Regulatory quicksand holds back clean tech in AlbertaWith Alberta’s economy still sputtering and not expected to rebound until 2023, the knowledge that we are sitting on an enormous economic opportunity is music to the ears of most Albertans. The fact that this opportunity not only addresses current financial and environmental issues but also helps diversify the energy sector is a veritable symphony.…

Fast-growing Edmonton startup helps get new drugs to market sooner

DrugBank now used by scientists, pharmaceutical companies and other customers around the world

Fast-growing Edmonton startup helps get new drugs to market soonerAn Edmonton startup has become the world’s largest pharmaceutical knowledge database through research that began at the University of Alberta. DrugBank offers a one-stop-shop for curated scientific data on thousands of drugs, including molecular details, chemical structures, targets and proteins, as well as clinical information on side-effects, interactions with other drugs, allergies, synonym names, availability…

Alberta planting the seeds for a tech boom but care required

Alongside investing and funding, the government of Alberta must emphasize entrepreneurship and keep co-operating with the private sector

Alberta planting the seeds for a tech boom but care requiredTechnology companies have emerged as clear winners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jurisdictions without a traditional tech imprint – like Alberta – have funnelled funds to facilitate startups. That’s a good diversification strategy, but they should be careful not to veer into protectionism and favouritism. It came as no surprise that in 2020 retail sales through…

Edmonton startup in race to develop lab-grown meat

Industry poised for rapid growth

Edmonton startup in race to develop lab-grown meatA fast-growing Edmonton startup company that’s a new player in the cellular agriculture sector recently received US$2.2 million from three U.S. venture capital firms and a number of private investors. Future Fields, which was incorporated in 2018, was founded by two University of Alberta graduates and a former U of A employee. All but two…

University of Alberta and Telus partner on a 5G ‘living lab’

$15M investment focuses U of A’s innovation and commercialization capabilities, starting with precision agriculture, autonomous vehicles

University of Alberta and Telus partner on a 5G ‘living lab’The University of Alberta has announced a five-year partnership with Telus to establish a 5G “Living Lab” at the U of A that will contribute to a pipeline of new research and technology with commercial applications. It will also support the development of the talent pool needed to enhance economic recovery and diversification in Alberta.…

Critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing now produced in Canada

Up until now, Canada has been highly dependent on foreign suppliers

Critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing now produced in CanadaUniversity of Alberta spinoff company Applied Quantum Materials Inc. (AQM) is using its chemical production expertise to partner with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Precision Labs to provide critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing. “These reagents – or ‘magnetic beads’ – used in standard nucleic acid testing are the gold standard for molecular tests,” said Stacey Hume, associate professor in…

Researcher designs better ventilation controls to stop spread of Covid-19

New approach controls viruses indoors to hopefully avoid future pandemic shutdowns

Researcher designs better ventilation controls to stop spread of Covid-19An engineering researcher is building smarter controls for building ventilation systems to maximize fresh air intake and minimize the spread of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Yousef Alipouri’s project is one of six to receive new funding from the Alberta Innovates Graduate Fellowship in Health Innovation. “With our approach we can control viruses indoors…

New funding could help scientists unlock the quantum internet

Will help researchers build next-gen, ultra-secure networks for quantum computers

New funding could help scientists unlock the quantum internetOn Oct. 29, 1969, researchers at UCLA, with help from a computer the size of a cement truck, sent what would become the first message over the first incarnation of the “internet” to Stanford. The first two letters of the one-word message, LOGIN, made the cross-California trip before the fledgling system crashed. “Fifty years ago…

U of A spinoff, U.S. firm merge to commercialize transplant technology

Bridge to Life commits US$10 million to clinical trial and commercial development of Tevosol Ex-Vivo Organ Support System

U of A spinoff, U.S. firm merge to commercialize transplant technologyUniversity of Alberta spinoff company Tevosol has merged with the U.S.-based medical technology company Bridge to Life, bringing its game-changing organ transplant devices a step closer to approval, manufacture and global distribution. While Tevosol will remain based in Edmonton, Bridge to Life has committed US$10 million to a multi-centre clinical trial and commercial development of Tevosol’s Ex-Vivo Organ Support…

High-tech rehabilitative platform connects rural Albertans to specialists

Platform allows specialists to offer physiotherapy expertise for patients in smaller communities

High-tech rehabilitative platform connects rural Albertans to specialistsThe human touch of a high-tech University of Alberta project is starting to be felt by rural Alberta physiotherapy patients on the road to recovery. The specialized assessments made possible through a telehealth project that began last summer are moving patients in small communities to tears of relief as they get the help they need.…

New accelerator launched to commercialize innovations

New industry-led accelerator will address the earliest barriers faced by researchers just starting on the path to commercialization

New accelerator launched to commercialize innovationsThe University of Alberta and a local business consultancy firm, with the backing of the federal government, have launched a new accelerator program specifically designed to increase the number and quality of commercial ventures at the earliest stages coming out of the university. Innovation Masterminds Edmonton (imYEG) stems from a partnership between the U of…

Edmonton-based startup teaching elementary students code

Local startup founded by U of A graduates teaches basics of programming in more than 30 Edmonton-area schools

Edmonton-based startup teaching elementary students codeU of A graduate students are teaching Edmonton elementary students how to write computer code for simple games and apps. The coding may be simple – just a few instructions enabling a computer to calculate whether it’s too cold for recess, for example – but the logic is the same as you find in more…

Clean technology investment will increase, says RBC

As climate concerns mount, Canada’s challenge will be to better sell ourselves as a responsible, cleaner energy producer, says the report

Clean technology investment will increase, says RBCCanada will remain a major producer and supplier of energy to the rest of the world and that role will increase as new oil pipelines are built and LNG export capacity comes on stream, says a new report by RBC Economics. "We expect Canadian oil sands producers, already large investors in clean technology, to continue…

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economy

Let’s hope our government has the vision to ensure we make the most of this golden opportunity

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economyAll the hand-wringing and anger over the way the Rest Of Canada treats Alberta and its oil and gas sector obscures the fact that some very, very interesting things are developing in clean technology. It seems that cynical Canadians both to the east and west of this province are too ready to dismiss claims that…

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American markets

Toronto ranked third, Vancouver 12th, Montreal 13th and Ottawa 19th in top-50 list: CBRE report

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American marketsAs Calgary and Edmonton try to establish a significant tech industry in Alberta, a report released on Thursday by commercial real estate firm CBRE indicates just how far behind Alberta is when it comes to tech talent. Neither Alberta city made it to the top 50 list in North America for tech talent. But both…

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the future

Alberta’s leaders need to recognize that technology is changing everything, everywhere, and fast. Here's a roadmap

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the futureThe Alberta election on April 16 will be won or lost on the basis of how Albertans view its economy. A pivotal part of that is the health of the province’s associated innovation ecosystem. In March, the Alberta Council of Technologies Society (ABCtech) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) together surveyed more than 500 business and…

Avanti Software helps companies build better workplaces

David Owen Cord and Amin Lalani of Avanti Software talk about assisting companies in executing and improving people management

Avanti Software helps companies build better workplacesDavid Owen Cord and Amin Lalani are co-CEOs of Avanti Software. What is Avanti Software and what does it do? Lalani: Simply put, Avanti exists to help Canadian companies build better workplaces. We do this through our all-in-one, Human Capital Management (HCM) software-as-a-service (SaaS). Our integrated, end-to-end platform helps businesses find, engage, schedule, manage, pay…

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydays

Technology company ZayZoon's Early Wages On-Demand is taking off across North America, with more than 80,000 businesses participating

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydaysImagine, as an employee, being able to access money as you earn it. Technology company ZayZoon, based in Calgary, has created a platform, Early Wages On-Demand, that allows people to access their paycheque before payday. The concept has taken off across North America. The platform is now available to more than two million employees by…

Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull ahead

Dispatches from the Alberta technology trenches

Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull aheadNow that the energy industry is no longer the engine of growth it once was, Albertans are finally waking up to a cruel reality; we’ve put all our economic eggs in one (carbon-emitting) basket. Albertans' new urgency to diversify their economy will require changing the way we do things. At a minimum, we will need…

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costs

Businesses get instant insight into their entire telecommunications and IT landscape with only a few clicks of a mouse

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costsCalgary-based SpikeFli Analytics, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, is helping businesses large and small seamlessly manage their telecom and information technology infrastructure to make better decisions in more cost-effective ways. It’s doing that by providing the business community, and telecom and IT management professionals, with instant big-data analytics and management reports through a centralized platform to better explain, manage and…

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’

Samantha Paterson, a social media manager at the University of Calgary, talks about how to get the most out of digital marketing

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’Samantha Paterson is a social media manager at the University of Calgary and an instructor in Continuing Education. Calgary’s Business: How did you get into social media as a career and what’s the appeal for you? Paterson: During the 2000s in my ed-tech career, I was an early adopter of customer advocacy marketing, including online…

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commerce

Peter Garrett talks about how Innovate Calgary helps to bring ideas to life

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commercePeter Garrett is associate vice-president of research and innovation at the University of Calgary and CEO and president of Innovate Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is Innovate Calgary and its purpose? Garrett: Innovate Calgary is the knowledge transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. We help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation…

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industry

InnoTech College has introduced a bursary to encourage women to train in technology fields

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industryA Calgary college is tackling the issue of gender equality in the tech industry by helping women train for jobs in that sector. “It’s no secret that women are under-represented in the technology sector,” said Julie Rubin, president of InnoTech College. “We are hearing from employers that it’s a challenge to find skilled tech talent.…

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s future

The increased use of AI changes the job market. Some jobs disappear. New jobs are created. AI applies to more existing jobs

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s futureAlberta’s job market is a powerhouse. We had the highest employment rate in the country last year with 66.7 per cent of our population age 15 and over working at a job. That’s five percentage points above the national average and 16 points higher than the lowest rate, which is found in Newfoundland and Labrador.…

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giant

It’s time for the provincial government to get involved in tech development by providing venture capital insurance

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giantYou hear a lot of talk these days that Alberta needs to “go green” and that technology should be to the 21st century what energy was to the 20th. But if the energy industry is supplanted, how will the Alberta government replace the billions of dollars in resource royalties that flow into its treasury every…

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generation

Rainforest Alberta is connecting Alberta innovators to create conversations and relationships that could be incredibly important to the province’s future

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generationHere’s a word to add to your vocabulary: autopoiesis. It’s not likely you'll ever drop it in casual conversation but it should help frame any discussion about the next generation of Alberta innovation. A Greek word, autopoiesis refers to systems that sustain and nurture themselves. The concept is rooted in biological systems but the underlying principles are now used…