National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

July 16, 2009 12:40 ET

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research and Development in New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 16, 2009) - Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced today a contribution to MedSenses, Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). The funding supports an innovative research and development project that will allow MedSenses to advance the state of the art delivery of e-courseware for nurses. MedSenses will use 3D simulation and virtual reality integrated with learning management systems, social networking, and wireless communications to ultimately improve the delivery of health care.

"Our government is committed to building a competitive advantage for the Canadian private sector and supports these leading-edge technology solutions," said Mr. Weston. "The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life."

MedSenses develops interactive e-courseware for nurses, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth. MedSenses focuses on the development, production and commercialization of custom designed e-course elements, made for the health care industry, such as 3-D animations, medical illustrations, case scenarios, and clinical expertise. The $374,500 funding will allow the New Brunswick company to continue enhancing learning for nurses and the delivery of health care through new innovative communication technologies.

"Investing in science and technology is critical for developing highly skilled people and improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms," said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "That's why NRC-IRAP is helping innovative Canadian businesses like MedSenses grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in the success of the company," said Tim Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of MedSenses. "The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP, together with our business partners, will help us develop nurses' critical thinking skills, ultimately leading to increased quality of care for our health consumers. Now that we have proven ourselves as experts in continuing education for nurses, it was time to consider leveraging technology to provide a more realistic and valuable learning experience for our users."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. NRC-IRAP is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to bolster NRC-IRAP support for innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For more information (media only), please visit NRC-IRAP's Web site

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications