The group of six fellows for the 2021/22 cohort have completed their 10.5-month journey through the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program and have participated in a boot camp, clinical immersions and developed a new invention. Fellows Oleksiy Zaika and Sydney Robinson will be taking their innovation to market by starting Vessl Prosthetics.
Their solution adjusts independently to change how amputees interact with their prostheses – enhancing comfort by avoiding common problems related to socket fit. Vessl’s invention is a simple, intuitive, and easy to use socket system that passively adjusts to changes in limb volume.
By allowing users and clinicians to accelerate the path to compatible prosthetic solutions, Vessl aims to save clinical costs and empower amputees to regain their health and well-being. Their technology intervenes at the most critical time, ensuring that amputees have the chance to recover and embrace their prosthetics as a way to live a fulfilled life.
The Administrative Coordinator provides administrative and logistical support to the Associate Vice-President, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (AVP) to ensure that their time and efforts are focused on priorities that require their direct oversight. The role will review and evaluate requests, inquiries and issues directed to the AVP, and will either respond, refer to another resource, or escalate to the AVP as appropriate. The Administrative Coordinator will independently determine the importance of requested meetings and manage the AVP calendar to ensure their time and attention is directed toward priority issues.
The Mini-Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) is a program organized by WORLDiscoveries to introduce the biodesign process approach to medical innovation. It is open to Western’s medical health professional and engineering students, as well as practicing clinicians based in London, who are interested in medical innovation.
A shorter spin-off of the full Western Medical Innovation Fellowship, the aim of the Mini-MIF program is to train entrepreneurial participants to use a design thinking-based approach to address clinical problems.
Entering its second annual cohort, the program recruited four clinicians from Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre, as well as 16 students from Western University working towards a professional medical health or engineering degree. Each clinician was paired up with two medical health professional students and two engineering students.
Led by Dr. Susan Scollie, a team of researchers at National Centre for Audiology at Western University are receiving a Governor General’s Innovation Award for developing the world’s first pediatric hearing aid prescription software.
For nearly 20 years, Desired Sensation Level (DSL) software has helped clinicians around the world provide infants and children with the gift of hearing.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
The DSL software has helped clinicians provide infants and children with access to sound by assessing, treating, and properly fitting and tuning hearing aids to patient’s specific needs. This results in improved hearing outcomes – while boosting long-term educational and social potential for patients born with permanent childhood hearing loss.
The Project Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the logistical and day-to-day activities supporting Western’s Medical Innovation Fellows (MIF) program and various partnered programs for WORLDiscoveries. The role provides relationship initiation and maintenance with MIF program stakeholders, including both internal and external from the entrepreneurship community, collaborating academic institutions and funding partners. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and managing workshops, conferences and other events related to the MIF Program, and will assist with the engagement of various stakeholders for planning and organization of program elements with the goal of expanding program outreach and promoting the MIF program globally. The role will ensure that project outcomes are achieved on time and within budgetary constraints, and will communicate progress updates to internal and external stakeholders. The Project Coordinator also assists in reaching out to potential sponsors and identifying potential funding programs. The role contributes to the overall success of Western’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem by providing support for the continual building of the MIF program and other programs in the WORLDiscoveries portfolio.
Founded at Western by WORLDiscoveries and grown to collaborate with McMaster, Windsor, Waterloo and Guelph universities, the competition brings students together to propose viable paths to market for novel technologies developed at the partner institutions.
It’s a key event within the Western entrepreneurship ecosystem, awarding each winning team $5,000 and the chance to license the new technology and form their own startup.
The Program Specialist will manage the launch and delivery of various programs and projects within WORLDiscoveries. The role will manage and coordinate various educational programs related to the development of research technologies, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property development. The Program Specialist will provide administrative leadership and ensure the efficient and effective delivery of program offerings, in alignment with the University’s and Western Research’s strategic plans. The role will contribute to the design of the programs, participate in developing strategies related to program initiatives, and ensure the successful implementation of all aspects of the programs.
The Business Development Manager will lead, develop and implement strategies to enhance commercialization of intellectual property created by Western faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff, and provide support in matters related to industrial interactions and intellectual property management. The role will establish relationships in order to solicit new innovations for WORLDiscoveries, seek out commercialization opportunities and maintain relationships with industry, partners and other stakeholders in order to reinforce and advance the reputation of Western and WORLDiscoveries locally, nationally and internationally.
Nearly 200 people from the Southern Ontario’s growing life science ecosystem, gathered virtually for the final showcase event for Innovation Factory’s ninth annual Synapse Competition, Ontario’s premier life science pitch competition.
Following an intense three-month training and commercialization program, 14 of Ontario’s innovative early-stage life science companies unlocked a $5,000 grant to support their commercialization journey to business success.
The Program Specialist will manage the launch and delivery of the WE Empower program, an initiative providing year-round training, support and mentorship to support researchers, postdoctoral trainees or graduate students who identify as women, Indigenous, Black, racialized persons, persons with disabilities or members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The role will manage and coordinate various educational programs related to the development of research technologies, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property development. The Program Specialist will provide administrative leadership and ensure the efficient and effective delivery of WE Empower program offerings, in alignment with the University’s and Western Research’s strategic plans. The role will contribute to the design of the program, participate in developing strategies related to program initiatives, and ensure the successful implementation of all aspects of the program.