Celebrating the Outgoing Life Sciences Fellows

Life Sciences Innovation

In a collaborative effort to champion innovation and entrepreneurship, Innovate Calgary, in conjunction with the University of Calgary, Alberta Innovates, and key partners, recently hosted a landmark event spotlighting groundbreaking advancements in digital health and life sciences.

At the heart of the gathering was the celebration of the latest graduates of the Life Sciences Fellowship—a testament to the collective commitment to fostering ingenuity and propelling entrepreneurial ventures forward. The event provided a platform for these emerging pioneers to showcase their startups, each poised to disrupt and redefine the landscape of digital health and life sciences.

Attendees were immersed in a showcase of cutting-edge technologies and visionary projects, engaging directly with the masterminds behind these transformative initiatives. From revolutionary treatments to state-of-the-art diagnostics, the event served as a catalyst for collaboration and inspiration, igniting a fervent determination to push the boundaries of research and innovation.

As the curtain closed on this remarkable gathering, it left in its wake a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation for the groundbreaking discoveries and advancements yet to come in the realm of digital health and life sciences.


Congratulations to the Fellows

Fiona Simpson, BioMimir

BioMimir is at the forefront of regenerative medicine, specializing in the creation of synthetic biomimetic polymers. These innovative materials are meticulously crafted to not only reduce inflammation but also to mimic and enhance the body’s innate healing abilities. One of their pioneering products is a bioabsorbable wound filler that transitions from liquid to solid, demonstrating their commitment to cutting-edge solutions.

Driven by a noble mission, BioMimir strives to make regenerative medicine accessible and affordable on a global scale. By developing deployable solutions, they aim to transform the landscape of healthcare, offering hope and healing to individuals worldwide.

“The flexibility and customizability [of the Life Sciences Fellowship] make it one of the most effective programs that we’ve participated in.” – Fiona Simpson

Abdullah Sarhan, RetinaLogik

RetinaLogik is praised for its ingenious use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, crafting a portable eye test solution through VR glasses. This groundbreaking innovation elevates patient insights and vision screening accessibility worldwide. Notably, RetinaLogik’s platform not only addresses the pressing issues of misdiagnosis reduction and affordability but also emphasizes patient comfort and engagement.

Healthcare providers benefit from its advanced analytics, utilizing virtual reality technology to gather and analyze visual field data with unparalleled precision. RetinaLogik emerges as a game-changer, transforming routine eye exams into immersive experiences that empower patients and enhance overall vision care.

“The program is amazing. I totally encourage people to go on this path.” – Abdullah Sarhan

Craig Doram, Stroke.ai

Stroke.ai is dedicated to enhancing lives through advancements in body movement monitoring technology. Their focus lies in the development of a clinically validated IoT solution tailored specifically for stroke patients. Leveraging proprietary hardware and a machine learning-enabled platform, Stroke.ai is pioneering modern technology to address the critical issue of stroke detection and management.

The company recognizes the urgency of stroke situations, particularly instances where victims may be alone and incapacitated, hindering their ability to seek help promptly. By introducing innovative solutions, Stroke.ai aims to mitigate treatment delays and improve health outcomes for stroke survivors. Their efforts not only offer reassurance to patients and their families but also hold the promise of a brighter future in stroke care.

“The great thing about the program is that they recognize that founders are in different stages…so they suit the program to you.” – Craig Doram

About the Life Sciences Fellowship

The Life Sciences Fellowship program nurtures early-stage startups with technology-driven solutions, providing funding, technology development resources, professional training, and expert support. Supported by Alberta Innovates, Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development, Calgary Economic Development’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, and Prairies Economic Development Canada, this two-year initiative empowers innovation in the digital health and life sciences sector.

For more information about how to apply, eligibility requirements, and more, please visit the Life Sciences Fellowship site.