25 May 2015

Celebrating the launch of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation

Friday marked the formal launch of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI), an exciting initiative led by Baycrest and funded directly through the federal government's latest budget, the provincial government budget, the Baycrest Foundation, and CC-ABHI partners like George Brown College. We are excited to be among a very auspicious list of partners who have committed resources to this worthwhile initiative that together has received $123.5M to support the first five years of operations. This includes $42M from the Government of Canada, and $23.5M from the Province of Ontario. CC-ABHI is an ambitious project that "will be a national hub and network of leading seniors care organizations dedicated to the development, validation, commercialization, dissemination and adoption of brain health and seniors care products and services." As a founding academic partner, GBC's contribution includes a commitment to recruit new industry partners and to scope, manage and administer commercialization projects and to support projects through our prototyping and assessment facilities. Our Advanced Prototyping Lab (APL) and our test facilities at our Waterfront Campus are ideal components in the CC-ABHI ecosystem

The CC-ABHI partnership creates a comprehensive platform of world-class resources, including applied research, development, prototyping, simulation, healthcare workforce training, and commercialization capabilities, that will assist CC-ABHI customers in determining key use cases, identifying usability challenges and opportunities, and evaluating technology and workflow issues in clinical, residential and community settings.

Congratulations to all on this exciting announcement; we are looking forward to working with our partners to realize innovation success!

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