Grand Challenges Canada has committed scale-up funding to six Canadian projects that aim to improve global health. The new investments, matched by a wide range of partners, will enable the innovators to advance the development of their technologies and will build on significant results from seed projects also funded by Grand Challenges Canada. This included projects by innovators from companies based in BC, Ontario and Quebec, partnering with groups in several African countries.

Arbutus Medical of Vancouver, conducted clinical trials in East Africa to develop a safe, affordable drill cover system for bone surgeons to reduce tool cost and improve infection control practices. KA Imaging of Waterloo, Ontario, developed a prototype of a high-resolution X-ray imager that can achieve the same levels of accuracy as a conventional chest X-ray, at a significantly lower X-ray dose and cost. Sympact-X and the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec, developed a smartphone-based HIV self-test app called HIVSmart! that can help identify undiagnosed HIV cases and people at risk of infection.

Based on these outcomes funded by Grand Challenges Canada, the innovators will now receive “transition-to-scale” investments. The new funding, totalling $5 million, will be doubled by partners in the six projects, creating a total investment of $10 million.

Phto credit: Dr. Yuma and Aidan Chale in training
for the Queen’s University/Wema Inc. women’s health
management through mobile health platforms project.

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