Article originally appeared in the Hamilton Spectator.
A health care worker with a better idea for a walker, an aerospace executive who designed a guidance system for kids with cerebral palsy, and the inventor of a sexual wellness product shared in $100,000 prizes handed out Wednesday at a virtual version of Hamilton’s Synapse Life Science competition.
COVID-19 distancing measures forced Innovation Factory into a last-minute rethink of its annual event at McMaster Innovation Park. They used a series of video broadcasts of entrepreneurs pitching their health sciences start-up concepts to judges.
Niagara’s Bisep Inc. won the top prize of $35,000 cash and $7,000 in-kind services with a device that joins a walker with a wheelchair to help those with mobility issues.
Working in long-term health centres, Brock kinesiology graduate and Bisep founder Daniel Bordenave witnessed first-hand safety and efficiency issues related to helping train people to use a walker.
Read the full article and more about the virtual version of Hamilton’s Synapse Life Science competition.