CLIC awards announced by McGill
June 1, 2022
MONTREAL – The 5th Annual McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Awards Ceremony took place virtually in May. Inspired by Dr. Raymond Hakim, the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) aims to inspire members of our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences community to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian or global healthcare.
This year, the top teams were:
Winner of the Hakim Family Innovation Prize
SeeSpine is a telehealth application leveraging 3D imaging and artificial intelligence for scoliosis. SeeSpine allows patients and physicians to screen for scoliosis and monitor progression remotely. From a simple 15-second video taken on any smartphone, SeeSpine reconstructs a model of the torso to quantify asymmetries and predict curve progression. SeeSpine’s radiation-free technology allows for frequent observations to decrease scoliosis progression and the associated breast cancer risks.
Evan Dimentberg (pictured on left), MD/MSc Candidate, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval
Jean Ouellet (pictured on right), MD, Pediatric Spine Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgery, McGill University
Winner of the First Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize
AFX Medical was co-founded by Simon Ducharme, MD, with the objective to leverage AI for the development of products that improve clinical care in brain disorders. Using a unique dataset from a tertiary care hospital, AFX Medical uses innovative deep learning-based methods to develop an algorithm that automatically detects and tracks brain metastases on brain MRI. The results demonstrate a high accuracy with a low rate of false positives. This product aims to improve clinical care at reduced costs.
Gabriel Chartrand, Chief Technology Officer, AFX Medical
Simon Ducharme, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Montreal Neurological Institute
Ramón Emiliani, R&D Developer, AFX Medical
Jérémi Lavoie, Chief Executive Officer, AFX Medical
Sophie Pawlowski, Head of Partnerships, AFX Medical
Edward Son, R&D Developer, AFX Medical
Winner of the Second Marika Zelenka Roy Simnovation Prize
Holo-Ray is an integrated cloud-based platform leveraging mixed-reality technology for education, diagnosis, and treatment planning for minimally invasive interventional procedures. Holo-Ray allows for mixed reality-based education, diagnosis, and treatment of patients who need a minimally invasive interventional procedure.
Renzo Cecere, MD, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Amir Hooshiar, PhD, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Amir Sayadi, MSc, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Winner of the First-Place MI4 Innovation Prize
SALIVERA, led by Prof. Mahshid’s lab, is targeted for molecular diagnosis of respiratory infections like COVID-19 and Influenza A/B via colorimetric detection of RNA in the saliva of the patients in a multiplex and automated fashion. SALIVERA maintains the accuracy of the gold standard (PCR), while reducing the cost, time (<10 minutes turn around) and complexity of the assay by incorporating automated sample collection, preparation and detection modules in one single device.
Tamer Abdelwahab, PhD candidate, Department of Bioengineering, McGill University
Sara Mahshid, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, McGill University
Roozbeh Siavash Moakhar, PhD, Department of Bioengineering, McGill University
Winner of the Second-Place MI4 Innovation Prize
ApsenBio has developed a food allergen detection device (FADD) designed for public use. This device will give the individuals who are concerned about food allergies (for themselves or their loved ones) the long-needed tool to overcome their daily challenge of avoiding allergenic foods.
Robert Hanna, Director of Business Innovation, ApsenBio
Reza Rasouli, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, McGill University
Mariam Saad, PhD Candidate, Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Emre Yurdusev, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, INRS, Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie
Winner of the Bereskin & Parr Innovation Prize
Precare is a digital platform that produces equitable patient education content, improves patient engagement and health outcomes, and optimizes care pathways with AI.
Raphael Gotlieb, CEO & Founder, Precare
Ali Mehrkish, MD, Chief Technology Officer, Precare
Gabriel Schnitman, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Precare
Sena Turkdogan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Precare
Congratulations also to the finalist teams:
AnkaSmart! is a novel IoT (Internet of Things) solution for young women and gender diverse populations globally. It democratizes access to personalized sexual, reproductive, and menstrual health (SRHR MH) care and linked clinical services, while providing evidence-based information on taboo SRHR MH topics. With a cloud connected wearable device, it collects data on necessary vitals to customize care. Finally, it aims to empower young people to make smart decisions and become advocates for their health and wellness.
Roni Deli-Hussein, Research Assistant and MD Candidate, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Nitika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD, Principal Investigator, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Olivia Vaikla, Laboratory Coordinator and Part-time Project Manager, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Elizabeth (Liz) Woolhouse, Research Assistant and Nursing Student, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Ponder Therapeutics is a prescription digital therapeutics company for psychiatric disorders related to anxiety, chronic disease, and medical procedures. Their Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) applications deliver therapeutic content that is developed by clinical psychologists, transformed into audiovisual media, and maximizes engagement through goal setting, progress tracking, and data visualization. Ponder Therapeutics values evidence, quality, privacy, and security.
Luisa Cameli, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology, McGill University
Jesse Ehrlick, Program Officer, Biomedical Engineering, McGill University
TrustCare provides an AI-driven solution that facilitates the real-time information flow through the senior care process. With innovative technology and video input, TrustCare’s system reveals the real-time information about the senior’s daily status and emergency cases, helping care staff at care facilities and family members deliver immediate and high-quality care.
Ruofeng Li, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Shilei Lin, Computer Science, McGill University
Manoosh Samiei, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Lulan Shen, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) & School of Communication Sciences & Disorders (RA), McGill University
Abdulrahman Takiddeen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Shicheng Xu, Biomedical Engineering, McGill University
Yitian Zhang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
The competition has now been running successfully for four years. McGill CLIC is very grateful to the sponsors who offered the following prizes at this year’s fifth annual competition:
- The Hakim Family Innovation Prize recognizes ideas, new processes or devices in healthcare with potential to have a tangible and meaningful impact on the patients entrusted to our care.
- The Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize was launched in partnership with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. There are two award categories for this prize. The first award recognizes the best solution to an unmet clinical need for the care of a patient and the highest likelihood of success in being translated. The second award recognizes an innovation that improves patient safety/quality, or addresses an unmet clinical need, through simulation.
- The MI4 Innovation Prize, sponsored by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, aims to support innovative solutions that focus on infectious and immune threats to human health. Two winners are chosen for this prize.
- The Bereskin & Parr Innovation Prize recognizes the clinical innovation that has the greatest promise of a commercial value proposition.
Proposals are submitted by teams or individuals with the goal of improving health outcomes, health access for patients, or healthcare efficiency or effectiveness.
Proposed improvements may take many different forms, for example:
- Product innovation – devices, diagnostics and technology platforms
- A clinical “1st” – new programs and procedures
- Process innovation – new delivery models
Proposals submitted to the McGill CLIC are screened, and the finalists are selected by a panel of independent judges, then invited to pitch their ideas.