Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – July 2018
In the July edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- Celebrate the first-ever Hamilton Newcomer Day on July 27, 2018
- Hamilton Helps Move Project Forward
- Hamilton Health Sciences Featured in Globe and Mail
- Tourism Hamilton Welcomes 61st Canusa Games Back to Hamilton
- Government Funding for Steel and Aluminum Business Investments
- Major Development in Downtown Hamilton
Canada’s science minister announces $10.5 million federal boost for McMaster research commercialization
McMaster’s Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, which converts research on medical isotopes into new diagnostic tests and cancer treatments, has received a significant boost in the form of $10.5 million in federal funding.
Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan visited the university’s commercialization hub at McMaster Innovation Park to announce a total of $79.8 million in federal funding for five National Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research across the country, including McMaster’s CPDC.
“Today we are investing in science for healthier communities,” Duncan said. “The five research centres awarded today mobilize Canada’s best research, development and entrepreneurial talent to transform new discoveries into concrete products, services and processes to improve our lives.”
The four-year commitment to McMaster’s CPDC makes it the only National Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to receive three rounds of federal funding.
“We are grateful for this investment and proud to have this opportunity to prove that our discoveries can be scaled up to improve human health while also creating important, high-quality employment,” says Karen Mossman, McMaster’s acting Vice President, Research.
The federal funding, together with continuing funding from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and industrial partners, is expected to propel the CPDC through the critical next four years of its operation, which includes working with leading private sector and academic partners to develop and manufacture radiopharmaceuticals – an emerging class of diagnostic tests and treatments for diseases that include cancer and heart disorders.
“This funding is a welcome affirmation of the impact and quality of the work by the talented staff at the CPDC,” said CPDC founder John Valliant, a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster. “The CPDC is attracting significant private-sector investment in Canadian science and creating new high-tech jobs while providing products that help patients every single day. This is possible because of the support of government, industry and McMaster itself, which promotes innovative research, education and commercialization.”
The CPDC, located on the west part of McMaster’s main campus, has created spinoff companies that include two in Hamilton: Fusion Pharmaceuticals and NuGeneris Inc.
Both companies will be co-located with the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at McMaster, and other emerging biotech commercialization initiatives, in an environment designed to facilitate mutual success.
The funding will be used to translate and commercialize new radiopharmaceuticals with particular emphasis on products developed from therapeutic medical isotopes. Through innovative local, national and international partnerships, and by creating learning opportunities for young entrepreneurs, CPDC will create new businesses and employment opportunities. By the end of the funding period, the aim is for CPDC and its spin out companies to support as many as 200 jobs.
Minister Duncan announced five grants, totaling $79.8 million, to be delivered through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The five hubs are located in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Article courtesy of McMaster University
Ontario’s Hamilton Health Sciences developing healthcare AI applications
Ontario medical group Hamilton Health Sciences has announced a partnership with clinician company Real Time Medical on artificial intelligence (AI) application development for healthcare.
Real Time Medical will work with Hamilton Health Sciences and MIIRCAM (Medical Imagining Informatics Research Centre at McMaster) on the following services:
- Advanced research and collaboration on new projects
- AI training
- Clinical trials and leadership and advisory services
- Data labeling and validation
- Identification of the most beneficial clinical applications
- Joint IP development and patenting
- Provision of various balancing technology for use during validation and clinical trials
- Validation of resulting algorithms with over a hundred 100 licensed radiologists
“The development and validation of algorithms using high quality, well correlated clinical data sets is still very much a challenge for AI application initiatives,” said Dr. David Koff, chair of the Department of Radiology, McMaster University Hospital, of the need for the new partnership. According to Hamilton Health Sciences, the collaboration will bring together AI technology developers and close to 100 faculty, 32 residents and 12 fellows, medical physicists and engineering resources.
Article courtesy of Bradley Shankar, BetaKit
Land for new Coppley building approved for brownfield remediation grant
Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – June 2018
In the June edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- National Steel Car Rolling Along
- Hamilton Flying High
- Tourism Hamilton welcomes back RBC Canadian Open in 2019 and 2023
- Video Captures Development in Downtown Core
- Coppley Investing in Downtown Hamilton
Feisty low-cost Euro airline Norwegian Air taking off at Hamilton’s airport
Low-cost airline Swoop takes flight in Hamilton
A new low-cost airline is coming to Hamilton.
Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will be taking off from Hamilton International Airport with its inaugural flight to Abbotsford, B.C., taking off at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Steven Greenway, president and CEO of Swoop, said they chose Hamilton because it’s cost-effective, efficient, and travellers can board and disembark from the plane in a matter of minutes, which is ideal for a ULCC (ultra-low cost carrier).
Greenway said the average flight will start at just over $100 and doesn’t include excess fees like baggage and seat selection.
“I think Swoop can actually revolutionize Canada in terms of travel patterns,” said Greenway. “Where people are catching cars and buses today, they’ll be able to fly. For those who can only afford perhaps one flight a year, they can now afford two or three. For those people who are taking their hard-earned Canadian dollars over the border and flying U.S. airlines to other destinations, I say, ‘Come back, and fly with us from Hamilton.’”
Mayor Fred Eisenberger said Hamiltonians have been asking for more convenience when it comes to travelling out of the city’s airport.
“You know, if you talk to a Hamiltonian today, what do they want from our airport? They want to have more destinations, more locations, more convenience to be able to fly right here out of Hamilton. And that’s what we’re able to do today.”
He added that Canada is behind other parts of the world when it comes to offering consumers a low-cost no-frills model of air travel.
“To go to one major city to another, in Europe, it’s a hundred bucks, or equivalent to a train ride or a boat ride or any other form of transportation,” said Eisenberger. “High volume at lower cost and building your own amenities is really the way to go for future flight.
Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of Hamilton International Airport, said the launch of Swoop comes halfway through a year that began with the airport earning the title of the fastest-growing airport in Canada, with 600,000 passengers travelling through in 2017.
“We’ve known for over 20 years that this is the airport that needs to satisfy the passengers and the new opportunities that are in the marketplace today,” said Puckering. “And flying on Swoop is an opportunity that we are so glad to be supporting and part of.”
Currently, Swoop only has two planes and five destinations within Canada — Hamilton, Abbotsford, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg — but the airline hopes to have six planes and offer international destinations by the end of the year.
Article courtesy of Lisa Polewski, 900 CHML
Hamilton planting an artistic seed in the Baltic
Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – May 2018
In the May edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- May a Huge Month for AI in Hamilton
- Hamilton as an Intelligent Community
- Find New Employees Faster and Easier
- Hamilton marks National Tourism Week with Salute to Tourism
- Liquid Arts Fest