Two Stand-Out Healthcare Technology Companies
I recently had an opportunity to spend a day in Montreal with several very interesting health care technology companies. Two in particular really stood out. One is truly state of the art. The other is bleeding edge, it is doing something that no other company in the world is doing. Both of these companies are focused on diagnostic imaging and may well be setting the standard for what we can expect to see in the future. I thought I would share with you some of the things that I learned.
1. Halifax Biomedical
Chad Munro is the CEO and Founder of Halifax Biomedical. He is driven by a passion to improve patient care and treatment outcomes. After 20 years experience in medical systems, much of it working for a major medical equipment supplier in Switzerland, his company is now providing state of the art 3D imaging systems to orthopedic surgeons. What makes the systems provided by Halifax Biomedical unique is the degree of precision they offer and the information they provide. By integrating high end equipment and software from global suppliers and combining it with their own analytical software the company is able to provide detailed information on both the state of surgical
implants, such as knee and hip replacements, and on the bone healing process. In both cases they are viewed as significant advances that have captured the interest of some of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the United States. Halifax Biomedical is now establishing reference site relationships with several world class institutions in order to build their market and provide superior health outcomes for their patients. To get more information on their advances you may wish to go to their website www.halifaxbiomedical.com
2. Genia Photonics
Francois Gonthier is CEO and Alain Villeneuve is Chief Technology Officer of Genia Photonics. As Co-Founders they have created a technology that is in a class by itself. Using laser imaging they are able to perform cellular level and molecular level diagnostic imaging that they claim is 10,000,000 times more precise and 1,000,000 times faster than the conventional equipment in use today. Just think of the implications. Instead of putting a patient under general anesthetic, taking a biopsy, sending it to a
pathology lab for testing and then weeks later perhaps bringing the patient back for a second operation, analysis can be performed in seconds in the operating room. This tool is already in use in some advanced hospitals. The US government spent a year in due diligence trying to find a university or research lab in the US that was capable of delivering similar results. They did not. Three weeks after acknowledging that there was no American equivalent the US government signed a contract with Genia Photonics. The technology has many potential applications and I think we will be hearing a lot more from this company in the future. Their web site www.geniaphotonis.com provides a lot of interesting information.
While these companies currently do not provide services in the areas of healthcare that we may be involved in, that could soon change. Major advances have a way of showing up in many areas beyond the original target and I think it is useful to keep up with what is happening in the environment around us.
What do you think?
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