Innovation to Commercialization Award

Treatment of sinusitis

Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses, and is one of the most common medical complaints in North America, affecting up to 16% of the population. It leads to around 24 million physician visits per year, with an aggregated cost of more than $6 billion. Although the pathophysiology behind CRS isn’t fully understood, it appears to be largely triggered by bacterial biofilm infections. The microbes associated with these biofilms are diverse, and treatment options (including antibiotics) are limited and often fail to cure the disease.

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2018

Molecular classification for stratification and improved clinical management of endometrial cancers

In the current landscape of endometrial cancers (ECs), there is a shortfall in the management, treatment and evaluation of EC patients. Treatment tends to not be standardized, patients are commonly over- or under-treated, and diverse ECs are grouped together in clinical trials. Because of this inconsistency in diagnosis, it is difficult, if not impossible, to properly assess and compare how different treatments work.

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2018

Servo-controlled device to maintain physiological functioning

300,000 individuals live with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the US alone, of which 180,000 suffer from orthostatic hypotension, sudden falls in blood pressure upon standing. Such dysregulated blood pressure can also be caused by multiple sclerosis, autonomic failure, autonomic neuropathy, or neurological cancers. A high quality, efficient, and cost effective method is needed to help these individuals regulate their blood pressure.

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2017

Liquid skin substitute accelerates burn and non-healing wounds

Self-expanded mesh grafts are routinely used to treat large burn injuries and skin defects. Although this treatment saves lives, the healed tissue has a fish net-like appearance, a disfigurement that can be devastating for patients. Furthermore, chronic and non-healing wounds seen in the elderly and diabetic patients and those with disabilities such as spinal cord injured patients are the most difficult and costly to treat. 

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2017

Smart Text Analytic Tools (STAT) for analysis of patient-centred communications to strengthen health systems in BC

Healthcare stakeholders, including health authorities, facilities, pharmaceutical companies and insurers are increasingly acknowledging the importance of big data to enhance understanding of health behaviours and health systems. Existing analytic tools available to navigate the volume of diverse data types at a frequency that can match the speed at which data is generated are in early stages of development, and often lack validation due to limited access to health data.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2017

Near infrared spectroscopy for the hemodynamic monitoring of acute spinal cord injury

One of the only treatments that could potentially improve paralysis in patients who have suffered an acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is the elevation of the mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) to provide enough blood supply to the injured spinal cord. It is, however, difficult to know what the MAP target should be for a given patient to optimize their neurologic recovery. 

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Year: 
2017

Genomic Organization At Large (GOALS) predicts aggressive biological behaviour in prostate and breast cancers

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for men in North America. Prostate cancer deaths have been in decline since the mid-1990s after the discovery of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), which, when used for screening, results in a steep increase in the number of early diagnoses. A large percent of these PSA-detected cases do not express clinically, are slow growing, and do not require treatment, and therefore do not contribute significantly to overall mortality. Conversely, some slow growing cancers are very aggressive and result in death. 

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2017

Development of a novel organ preservation solution in transplantation

There is a need to improve donor organ preservation strategies to meet donor organ requirements for transplantation. Strategies such as cold flushing and organ preservation solutions are common practices to mitigate organ damage incurred during the transplant procurement, transport and implantation processes, but these solutions can be inadequate for marginal or extended criteria donors (ECD) that are being used in response to increased demand. New organ preservation solutions that are more effective in protecting donor organs, particularly from ECD, are required to fill this gap.

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Year: 
2017

DNA-PK inhibitors for use in combination with radiation therapy

Half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, impacting about seven million people worldwide each year. Enhancing tumour sensitivity to radiotherapy would have a far reaching and significant impact on patients with many kinds of cancer. 

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2017

Development of a novel biotherapeutic fusion protein inhibitor for treatment of advanced prostate cancer

Recent advances in targeted therapies have transformed the treatment of several types of cancer. Numerous agents, including small molecule drugs and therapeutic antibodies targeting receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) such as EGFR, Her-2 and MET, are currently in clinical trials or have received regulatory approval. These agents are exhibiting impressive clinical responses demonstrating that these RTK pathways are clinically validated drug targets and key drivers of multiple cancers such as breast, lung and colorectal cancers. 

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2017

Preclinical evaluation of gentamicin B1 as treatment for inherited skin fragility disorders caused by nonsense mutations

More than 5,000 rare genetic diseases affect over one million Canadians. Most have no treatment and many patients die in childhood. The small number of patients each of these diseases affects makes it difficult to develop treatments. However, about 10% of cases are due to a nonsense mutation that creates a premature termination codon (PTC); the protein produced is consequently cut short at the mutation and cannot function. 

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2017

A novel therapeutic for inflammatory skin diseases

Granzyme B (GzmB), an immune-secreted serine protease, is abundant in skin conditions characterized by excessive inflammation (such as burns, blisters, or scarring) at the hair follicle or at or just under the epidermis, and has been identified as a therapeutic target for autoimmune and chronic skin diseases. 

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Year: 
2017

Novel 18F-fluorinated amino acids as oncological PET radiotracers

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a non-invasive imaging technique used to detect tumours and provide information about a patient’s response to treatment. PET generates a 3D image of the inside of a patient’s body and highlights the location of tumors through detection of a radiotracer administered before generating the image. One of the most common forms of radiotracers are small, drug-like molecules containing a radioisotope that bind to or accumulate in cancer cells, precisely locating tumours. 

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2017

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