Government of Canada supports innovation to prevent soldier injuries
August 29, 2011, Quebec, Quebec – Canadian soldiers may soon benefit from a new technology that prevents muscle and bone injuries from carrying heavy combat gear during field operations, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today for Quebec-based B-Temia Inc. by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry.
“Our country’s prosperity is fundamentally linked to science and technology and the innovative technologies that Canadian firms bring to life,” said Minister Paradis. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support new technologies that will protect our soldiers’ health and well-being.”
Through the National Research Council of Canadas Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), B-Temia Inc. will receive up to $349,500 to develop its “Dermoskeleton” project, which will produce wearable protective equipment for soldiers during on-the-move operations. The equipment, patented by the company as a “Dermoskeleton”, could potentially prevent musculoskeletal injuries and maintain soldier mobility which is otherwise threatened while carrying heavy loads. This is achieved by supplying extra strength to the joints of the user.
“We’ve been hearing over and over again about the challenges caused by overloading soldiers, from both an operational and economic standpoint” said Stéphane Bédard, President and CEO of B-Temia Inc. “This partnership with the NRC will allow us to address these challenges and simultaneously support Canadian foreign exchange through global commercialization.”
Headquartered in Quebec City, Quebec, B-Temia Inc. is a private medical technology company that develops and markets products in the human augmentation systems market, particularly to defense and security as well as healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and Europe. With these applications in mind, B-Temia Inc. aims to create annual increases in R&D positions within its organization.
About the National Research Council of Canada and its Industrial Research Assistance Program (http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/index.html)
The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.
The program is delivered by a field staff of professionals in communities across Canada. The National Research Council of Canada is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.
About B-TEMIA (www.b-temia.com)
B-TEMIA Inc. is a medical device manufacturer that develops and markets products in the growing market of human augmentation systems. Based in Quebec City (Canada), B-TEMIA operates through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, B-TEMIA Health Inc. and B-TEMIA Military Inc. B-TEMIA owns a patent-pending wearable dermoskeleton technology that restores, maintains or enhances the mobility of users.
About Keeogo™ (www.keeogo.com)
Keeogo™ is a motorized walking assistive device worn on the lower body that provides individuals with the leg power they need to walk more, better and keep on going throughout their day. Keeogo™ is designed for individuals who have limited walking endurance or mobility issues resulting from muscle weakness, aging in general or due to a number of medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, knee/hip osteoarthritis or cardiovascular conditions such as peripheral artery disease.
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