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Funding marks the launch of daring, new innovation initiative

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TORONTO, April 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 4 Canadian innovators obtained prestigious and priceless awards from the Arthritis Society final night time to carry to life their options for preventing the fireplace of arthritis.

On the inaugural Arthritis Ideator Awards occasion, OPERAS obtained the Olga Munari Arthritis Ideator Award, and KneeKG and PROVA Improvements every obtained an Arthritis Ideator Award. They had been chosen by the panel of judges to every obtain a $50,000 grant to assist develop their ventures. Guided Palms was chosen because the Individuals’s Alternative Award winner based mostly on the outcomes of cross-Canada voting. The 4 winners had been chosen from amongst eight finalists who introduced their improvements to the judges on the occasion held at MaRS in Toronto.

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“We will’t wait to see the winners take their concepts to the following stage,” mentioned Vikram Vij, chef, restaurateur, creator and one of many 5 VIP judges. “It’s time to place arthritis out of enterprise.”

Vij was joined on the judging panel by enterprise chief, philanthropist and restaurateur Mohamed Fakih, Medicom Group CEO Ronald Reuben, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nick Yardley and Trish Barbato, President and CEO of the Arthritis Society. They chose the winners based mostly partly on the originality of the innovation, potential for vital and lasting outcomes for individuals with arthritis, and readiness for market.

Along with the $50,000 grant, the Arthritis Ideator Program offers innovators entry to knowledgeable recommendation from the Arthritis Society and the broader arthritis ecosystem as they proceed to develop their improvements, in addition to to individuals residing with arthritis who can help beta testing or present suggestions by means of focus teams or surveys.

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“Arthritis is a large problem searching for daring options and we wish to help brilliant minds as they create these options,” says Trish Barbato, President and CEO of the Arthritis Society. “We’re embracing innovation like by no means earlier than as a result of we imagine it’s key to altering the lives of the six million Canadians residing with arthritis.”   

Concerning the winners:

  • OPERAS is an app-based program to empower lively self-care, capturing info on the go, and offering tendencies on signs, illness exercise and coverings. Says creator Linda Li, “With OPERAS, individuals with arthritis can monitor illness exercise, hold observe of medicines, create motion plans and accumulate and show bodily exercise knowledge by means of an built-in bodily exercise tracker. It offers an in depth image to assist customers lead more healthy, pain-free lives.”
  • KneeKG is a dynamic device for diagnosing knee osteoarthritis by inspecting biomechanical markers whereas the knee is in movement, enabling customized therapy plans. “It’s like an electrocardiogram for the guts however for the knee. It tells the physician precisely what’s occurring within the knee, and what must be handled,” says Michelle Laflamme, CEO of Emovi, which produces KneeKG.
  • PROVA Improvements gives ‘sensible’ in-soles that assist in gait rehabilitation for individuals with early- and mid-stage knee and hip osteoarthritis. “In contrast to anything in the marketplace, our progressive strategy works in actual time, outdoors of the clinic, whether or not a affected person is strolling, operating or climbing stairs. And on any floor, our cueing learns and adapts,” says Matthew Rosato, PROVA Improvements founder.
  • Guided Palms is an assistive machine that guides hand actions to allow individuals with restricted hand mobility to write down, draw and entry expertise. Lianna Genovese is the CEO of ImaginAble Options, which produces Guided Palms. “Bettering high quality of life is our mission at ImaginAble Options. Collectively, the Arthritis Society and ImaginAble Options can improve the standard of life for hundreds of thousands of individuals residing with arthritis to allow them to stay the life they think about.”

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Final night time additionally marked the launch of the Arthritis Society’s new $25-million Innovation marketing campaign.

“For too lengthy, well being charities like ours have performed it secure. With six million Canadians residing with arthritis and a dramatic rise in arthritis diagnoses anticipated within the subsequent 20 years – secure is now not an choice,” says Barbato. “Our objective to boost $25 million by 2025 will probably be an essential step ahead to halt, and in the future quickly, extinguish arthritis. We’ve got a illness to crush, and transformational innovation will assist us do exactly that.”

To study extra about this marketing campaign, go to

Concerning the Arthritis Society  
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s nationwide charity devoted to preventing the fireplace of arthritis with the fireplace of analysis, advocacy, innovation and data and help. With the help of our donors and volunteers, we’re all in to finish arthritis, so individuals with arthritis can stay their greatest life free from arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited beneath Think about Canada’s Requirements Program. For extra info, go to

For extra info or to rearrange interviews:
Danielle Milley
Senior Supervisor, Company Communications
Arthritis Society

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