POWER PLAY Pitch Competition

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Toronto Rehab Foundation, in partnership with the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Age-Well NCE, hosted its first POWER PLAY pitch competition on June 19, 2017. The “Dragons’ Den” style event provided Toronto Rehab’s research staff with the opportunity to compete in two categories—best start-up idea and best innovative concept—and to pitch 16 judges, representing industry professionals and successful healthcare and business entrepreneurs, for the chance to win one of 5 awards. Each of their ideas and technologies addressed a specific and pressing unmet need in the healthcare industry.

POWER PLAY highlighted and celebrated the extraordinary research and innovation taking place at Toronto Rehab and demonstrated how applying science and innovation can produce healthcare solutions that matter. Funding for the awards was provided by the Deloitte Innovation Fund and the Love Commercialization Assistance Program to provide research seed funding to help Toronto Rehab innovators achieve their commercialization goals. We would like to thank Deloitte and Jon and Nancy Love for their extraordinary generosity in support of our $100-million Where Incredible Happens Campaign.

From the 12 competitors in POWER PLAY, the judges selected the following award winners:

Innovative Startup

1st_prize_$30,000 Pooja Viswanathan of BRAZE MOBILITY showcased a low-cost, sensor system that can be easily installed on any regular wheelchair to detect obstacles and provide feedback to the user.
2nd prize $15,000 Paul Yoo of ENHANCED BIOMODULATION TECHNOLOGIES showed how non-invasive electrical stimulation can treat overactive bladder with no side effects and no repeat visits to the clinic.
3rd prize $5,000 Aaron Yurkewich demonstrated HERO (hand extension robot) that allows stroke survivors to use their affected hand for daily tasks.

Innovative Concept

1st_prize_$8,000_ Dr. Hisham Alshaer presented WAKE Dx that aims to diagnose sleep apnea in a few minutes while the subject is awake.
2nd prize $2,000 Daniel Vena showed how E-SOCKS monitor leg fluid volume to identify risk for sleep apnea.

Toronto Rehab is home to the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab has launched a historic $100-million fundraising campaign. Learn more

In Photo (credit McPherson’s Photography): Award presentation for best start-up idea at POWER PLAY.

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