Calgary Technologies Inc. rebrands to Platform Calgary

On March 4, 2019 Calgary Technologies Inc. will begin rebranding to Platform Calgary. As Platform Calgary, our focus will remain on supporting Calgary's innovation-driven companies by providing access to space, programming and advocacy, while also championing the vision for the new Platform Innovation Centre's design, activity, and culture. Our name change comes at the heels of our recent announcement as the new operator of the Platform Innovation Centre opening in East Village in the fall of 2020.

Why Platform Calgary?

There is a need to make innovation more accessible and visible to our community and this rebrand aligns with the City of Calgary's 10-Year Economic Strategy. Platform started with the idea of transforming Calgary into a global innovation hub. As Platform Calgary, we are turning that idea into action. Through this work the next wave of shared prosperity is being generated in our city, transforming local businesses into international success stories. By working together, we can make Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation.

It is about elevating innovation, and Platform Calgary is the next phase and evolution of Calgary Technologies Inc.

What's next?

March 4, 2019 marks our first official day of business as Platform Calgary. Over the next few months, you will see our materials transitioning over to our new name and brand. Our long-term priority is to put a focus on innovation in the heart of downtown Calgary. On March 4, 2019, we are opening Platform Beta at the Hillier Block in East Village. This historic 5,300-sq-ft building will serve as our interim downtown facility while the Platform Innovation Centre is being built.

We will continue to operate and provide services out of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre and The Inc.

Save the date for May 15, 2019: Annual Report to Community, Demo Day and Strategy Launch in the new Central Library. The event will showcase our Junction program graduates and will be the public launch event for our new Platform Calgary identity and strategic plan.

Have a question?

Contact us at communications@calgarytechnologies.com


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MEDi the robot featured in Business in Calgary

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MEDi ® the Robot
One of the reasons children don’t get vaccinated is
due to fear and anxiety associated with the pain
involved in the procedure. Research completed at the
University of Calgary has a method shown to decrease pain
associated with vaccinations by 50 per cent while increasing
vaccination rates by 10 per cent. This method is a robot
called MEDi®, developed by Dr. Tanya Beran, professor,
community health sciences, University of Calgary, and her
company, RxRobots.
RxRobots is based in Calgary and is developed to have
worldwide applications.
“Our company builds applications for robots to interact
with children while they are having painful medical
procedures done, such as vaccinations and blood tests,”
says Beran. “What these applications do is tell MEDi® how
to behave and talk with children, in order to distract them
from the needle, the bandage, whatever is involved in the
procedure. MEDi® also coaches them, using the cognitive
behaviour interventions that we know from research
work.” Beran says these may include role modelling, or
demonstrating the behaviours for the children to learn.
“Children tend to follow and interact quite intensely with
the robot. It’s unusual to have a robot in a medical setting
and so right there we capture the child’s attention. It helps
bring their anxiety, distress, fear and pain down to a lower
level. Pain is a complex kind of sensation. There might be the
physical sensation of pain but there is also the psychological
interpretation of pain, so children may fear having pain,
even when they don’t have pain. MEDi® is there to address
the fear as much as the actual sensation of pain and the
anxiety around it.”
To date, randomized clinical trials have been conducted
for blood tests and vaccinations. Results show that not
only was children’s pain decreased by 50 per cent, but
vaccination rates were increased by 10 per cent. If one robot
can decrease the pain children are experiencing and increase
the rate of vaccinations, it’s exciting to think about the other
applications MEDi® could have.
“With MEDi® children became more cooperative during
the procedure. There were children who first attempted
vaccination under standard care but couldn’t be vaccinated,”
explains Beran. “They were kicking, punching and biting the
mom and the nurse who were trying to hold them down
Children who interact with MEDi® during medical procedures experience
50 per cent less pain and distress than children without MEDi®.
and do the procedure. They would become so agitated that
the nurses were unable to safely vaccinate them. The nurses
then asked them if they could be vaccinated with MEDi®,
and all of them agreed.”
The applications for MEDi® have many possibilities, with
three areas already identified: pain coach, educator, and
companion. “We think MEDi® has applications to ease and
comfort children during any experience that they are having
at the hospital and in other settings such as the dentist’s
office; from X-rays to needle procedures, there is almost no
limit to the possibilities.”
Beran has worked with the entrepreneurial development
team at Innovate Calgary to develop a business model
and attract international support through extensive pitch
coaching. She has received acclaim at the W21C Innovation
Academy and was invited to present in Geneva at World
Innovation Day for Innovation in Health where she won
third prize.
Innovate Calgary’s intellectual property management
team managed the transfer of the technology for MEDi® to
RxRobots through its new express assignment agreement.
“We recently attended CES 2015 where RxRobots made
it into the Business Analyst top 10,” says Mark Williams,
Innovate Calgary entrepreneur-in-residence and RxRobots
president and CEO. “We have big plans for this company. We
are currently working to bring MEDi® to the United States
but it won’t stop there; MEDi® speaks 20 languages and can
be programmed to work for specific cultures.”
MEDi® currently resides at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
They are using four robots that will serve as a support for
the child patient, ensuring a more positive experience.
To learn more about MEDi®, visit rxrobots.com. To learn
more about Innovate Calgary and how it supports new and
emerging technology, visit innovatecalgary.com.
Photo Courtesy: RxRobots
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