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Arthritis Ideator Awards 2023 Finalists

Arthritis Ideator Awards

Putting innovative ideas into action

Launched in 2022, the Arthritis Ideator AwardsTM uncovered and partnered with bright entrepreneurial talent as they invent and tailor practical solutions that could transform the lives of people living with arthritis. In 2024, Arthritis Society Canada and Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management formed a partnership to strengthen support for trailblazing innovators.

Meet the finalists 

Stefan Getz - Cadence Health AnalyticsCadence Health Analytics

Based in Windsor, Ont.
Inspired by his own experience with arthritis, Stefan Gertz and his team at Cadence Health Analytics, have developed an app that helps healthcare professionals provide more timely care by analyzing real-time patient self-assessment data, while increasing patient engagement in care. Learn more

Alex Robert - eNable AnalyticseNable Analytics

Based in Fredericton, N.B.  
Alex Roberts, Sarah Diaz and Dr. Erik Scheme created eNable Analytics, sensor technology that augments walking aids such as canes and walkers and integrates with a mobile app to monitor the gait of people with arthritis, to predict falls and motivate them to meet their physical activity goals. Learn more

Dr. Chris O'Connor - FirstHxFirstHx

Based in Toronto, Ont.  
As a web-based medical intake platform, FirstHX integrates with a physician’s electronic health records, empowering people with arthritis to use their own smart phones to provide more robust information while also reducing medical errors and enhancing clinical efficiency. Learn more

Cassandra Hui - Heal MaryHeal Mary

Based in Vancouver, B.C.  
Launched by Cassandra Hui, Heal Mary is a digital tool that leverages machine learning to engage and support people with arthritis during the often-complicated search and application process for a clinical trial that might benefit their health. Learn more

Erik Kiss - Imaging RealityImaging Reality

Based in Vancouver, B.C.   
Imaging Reality is an immersive virtual reality experience narrated by a rheumatologist that will help newly diagnosed osteoarthritis patients better understand their diagnosis, ease their anxiety and support compliance with their treatment plan. Learn more

Julien and Luca Trapeau - Joints on PointJoints on Point

Based in Ottawa, Ont.  
Developed by physiotherapists, Joints on Point is a mobile app and web platform delivering educational videos and exercise programs for the knee, hip, low back and wrist to improve the confidence, motivation and symptoms of people living with osteoarthritis. Learn more

Veronika Litinski - PillcheckPillcheck

Based in Toronto, Ont.  
Because more than 99 per cent of people have genetic variations which affect their response to different medications, Pillcheck combines clinical pharmacy services with DNA analysis to help quickly find the right medication in the right dosage for people living with arthritis and other diseases. Learn more

Meet the judges

Mohamad Fakih

Mohamad Fakih
Executive Chair & President, Paramount Fine Foods 

Jasmin Ganie Hobbs

Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs
Director Tech Financing, BDC

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver  President & CEO, Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality

Ronald Reuben

Ronald Reuben  Founder and Executive Chairman, Medicom Group 

Trish Barbato

Trish Barbato
President & CEO, Arthritis Society Canada