Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.

November 08, 2011 13:37 ET

Ontario Centres of Excellence Honours Three Start-Ups With Over $200K to Facilitate Innovative Industry-Academic Business Ventures

Alexander Levy-MyVoice Inc., Jessica Ching-Eve Medical and Ibraheem Khan-Innovative Processing Technologies Inc. Receive Martin Walmsley Fellowships for Technological Entrepreneurship

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - Three innovative industry-academic business ventures were each handed the prestigious Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship award facilitated by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) at its Annual General Meeting last night. Alexander Levy received a two-year fellowship totaling $110,000 for his company MyVoice Inc., Jessica Ching of Eve Medical and Ibraheem Khan - Innovative Processing Technologies Inc. each received $50,000 respectively for a one-year fellowship.

"The Walmsley Fellowship is a vital lifeline for our business," explains Alexander Levy, CEO & Lead Designer, MyVoice Inc. "Over the next two years, we plan to accomplish several key commercialization goals and the Walmsley Fellowship plays a decisive role in supporting the achievement of these activities. This award will give us the financial resources to focus completely on the important work ahead."

"Each of these recipients exemplifies the next generation of business that are helping make Ontario a leader in technological development not only in Ontario, but globally as well," said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation. "These individuals are an example of the talent we have within Ontario. By nurturing and investing in this talent, we will continue to drive our province to the forefront of innovation."

The Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship facilitates the transition of OCE-funded university-based research into innovative business ventures. An expert panel selects the recipients, who are judged on criteria including strength of technology, commercial viability and sound business planning. The Fellowship honours the vision of Dr. Martin Walmsley, who was instrumental in founding the Ontario Centres of Excellence program in 1987.

"We are honoured to present these candidates with the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship," explains Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence. "These companies have demonstrated the critical thinking, collaboration and technological innovation needed to drive their ideas into business ventures that are poised for global success. Congratulations to all three of the recipients."

Alexander Levy, MyVoice Inc. – Two-Year Martin Walmsley Fellowship Recipient

Thousands of Ontarians need to use technology to communicate due to disorders caused by stroke, autism and neurodegenerative diseases. Toronto-based MyVoice Inc. has developed a modern, portable, easy-to-use smart phone application designed to provide users with the words they need quickly and easily. Developed by University of Toronto student Alex Levy and his team of 14 students, MyVoice is location-aware, has downloadable phrase books and can be customized wirelessly from any web browser. The app, used by more than 7,300 people in 30 countries, features lifelike voices and a simple interface allowing users to communicate fluidly and fit in socially.

Jessica Ching, Eve Medical – One-Year Martin Walmsley Fellowship Recipient

Every year in the U.S. alone, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HPV cause infertility in 50,000 women and 13,000 cases of cervical cancer. Almost all these cases are preventable with regular screenings, but issues such as lack of access, time constraints, embarrassment and pain prevent many women from taking care of themselves. With funding from OCE and OCE's CCR, Eve Medical is developing HerSwab™– a device that makes it simple for women to self-collect a high-quality sample for screening without a doctor. This reduces the barriers to screenings for women, while saving time and resources for clinics.

Ibraheem Khan, Innovative Processing Technologies Inc. – One-Year Martin Walmsley Fellowship Recipient

Innovative Processing Technologies (IPT) Inc. provides solutions to implement smart materials in industrial applications. More specifically, it specializes in applying the Multiple-Memory Material (MMM) technology to enable greater functionality of traditional smart materials. This proprietary advanced processing method can be applied to virtually any shape memory alloy (SMA) to locally modify their properties. SMAs are materials that are capable of exhibiting a shape memory and are widely used in medical, aerospace, automotive, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and microelectronics industries. Traditionally SMAs have been limited to only 'remembering' a single shape, whereas the MMM technology enables multiple memories to be embedded in a monolithic component. IPT's MMM technology also enhances other functional properties of SMA's, such as pseudoelasticity and corrosion performance.

To view a video of all of this year's Martin Walmsley Fellowship recipients, please visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEqf9SPJGTc

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (www.oce-ontario.org)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, Ontario Centres of Excellence invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable commercial success and global competitiveness. Ontario Centres of Excellence is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is Ontario's innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information visit www.oneinnovation.ca.

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