Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

May 16, 2011 13:41 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Edmonton Start-Up Designs Innovative Trauma Care Device

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Based out of the Edmonton Research Park (ERP), Innovative Trauma Care Inc. (ITC) is a medical device company known for developing and manufacturing products for pre-hospital trauma care. Since its inception in April 2010, ITC's innovative technology has come to life with the development of a functioning prototype and successful proof of the concept on live tissue.

Pending the promising U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada clearance, expected in late 2011, ITC will launch the Tactical Use Skin Closure (TUSC) device, used to control massive bleeding. Initially designed for use by soldiers and police to stop their own bleeding within seconds of a trauma incident — the TUSC is a small, lightweight, easy-to-apply skin closure device that quickly controls bleeding by evenly distributing pressure to seal the skin over a wound.

So easy to use, individuals with minimal medical training can safely apply the device to treat life-threatening injuries before personnel with advanced medical skills arrive.

"Our goal is to improve survival in the pre-hospital environment, and to improve mortality statistics in the military, EMS, tactical police, and other first responder areas," says owner and trauma surgeon Dennis Filips. "This technology will result in a paradigm shift in emergency casualty care."

Globally, the medical device sector is highly diversified, consisting of companies ranging from small start-ups to large mature firms producing and distributing a wide range of products for diagnosis and treatment of conditions.

Subsequently, Alberta's vibrancy within the sector is an ideal environment for ITC's innovative success. Home to the National Institute of Nanotechnology, plus hundreds of start-up medical companies — similar to ITC — this rapidly evolving sector has become a key economic driver in the region, and it will continue to contribute to the industry's growth in the future.

"Greater Edmonton's strong economy, talented workforce, significant military presence, strong unified healthcare infrastructure, and government investment is an ideal landscape for positioning the region as an industry leader," says Filips. "We have received tremendous support. The networking opportunities have generated interest in ITC and its initial product, resulting in investment potential, grant funding opportunities and partnering opportunities — all creating potential for growth and success."

Initially, ITC product sales will be focused in North America and Europe with plans to expand to the rest of the global market.

With no direct competition, ITC's skin closure device is poised for success and is a truly unique and innovative concept that will revolutionize pre-hospital trauma care. Filips explains, "Other competitors' products utilize conventional approaches to stop bleeding that require several minutes to apply. The TUSC may be applied within seconds of wounding, to effectively stop or slow down bleeding."

Operating out of the ERP since January 2011, ITC has found its time there most valuable. "The Edmonton Research Park provides support and valuable networking opportunities in a collaborative environment. The subsidized rent and shared facilities are very helpful for our start-up company," says Filips. "ERP's recent open house in the Advanced Technology Centre was good exposure for ITC as well as all companies in the Research Park."

"By developing innovative medical devices and technology, Innovative Trauma Care is a great example of how Edmonton is home to a skilled workforce, a world-class technology community, and a business environment that fosters innovation and progress," says Candace Brinsmead, vic e president of technology advancement at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which manages the park.

The Edmonton Research Park (ERP) houses dozens of research companies and is managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). The ERP is also a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca.

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