SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

August 25, 2016 12:00 ET

Teams from across the globe in Calgary for innovative health-care competition

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 25, 2016) - Fourteen inspiring innovators and start-up entrepreneurs from across the globe will be preparing for the biggest "pitch" of their careers in hopes of winning a portion of $48,000 in cash prizes at this year's Global Healthcare Innovation Academy (GHIA 2016). This year's event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by the University of Calgary and being held at the TELUS Spark Science Centre on August 25 and 26. Winners will be announced on August 26.

From an app to help physicians and nurses with life-saving drug preparation, or a mobile imaging system for eye disease detection and monitoring, to a 'life vest' to help babies breathe; participants in this fast-paced scientific and business-pitch competition will be working to convince a panel of experts that their health-care ideas, prototypes, apps, programs, and innovations deserve the top prize spots. The goal is to allow entrepreneurs, researchers and healthcare professionals at any level to identify new and creative ways to stimulate change in health care and health systems delivery.


Participate in the announcement of the 2016 Innovation Academy winners.


Friday August 26, 2016. Please arrive at 12:45 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.


TELUS Spark: 220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary, AB

Please call to let us know if you are attending.

University of Calgary media reps will meet you in the lobby.


Interviews are available with University of Calgary organizers as well as the winners and participants in the competition.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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About the Cumming School of Medicine
The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine is a leader in health research, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research and education. On June 17, 2014, the University Of Calgary Faculty Of Medicine was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university.

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