2021 Praxis Health Innovation
Summit & Demo Day

September 22, 2021

3pm – 6pm EDT

Online Event

The Praxis Challenge:

Do you have an idea that could improve the lives of people living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?

We have $25,000 to help develop it.

The Ideation Clinic proudly presents The Praxis Challenge… a catalyst to champion innovators that wish to improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

We are looking for the next big idea to be demonstrated in front of a panel of judges on Demo Day on Wednesday, September 22.

The most impactful and commercially viable Demo will be awarded a grant of $25,000.

What is Demo Day?

Demo Day is intended to inspire ideation, collaboration and development of therapies, devices, services, or interventions that improve the lives of people living with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI).

On September 22, 2021, please join us and connect with industry experts, Key Opinion Leaders and those living with SCI.Five Demos will be selected and a panel of judges will evaluate and award a grant of $25,000 to the most impactful and commercially viable Demo!

Hear from those whose lives have been touched by SCI along with industry, financial and Key Opinion Leaders in health innovation. Connect with peers and meet your next partner, funder or future customer!

Who Should Participate?

Event Attendees:

If you are interested in learning more about how to improve the quality of life of people affected by Spinal Cord Injuries through innovation of therapies, devices, services, or interventions, Demo Day is the event to attend.

Demo Day Applicants:

Whether you are a student, researcher, clinician, industry professional, community member or general public, the Praxis Demo Day Event is looking for you to submit your inventive ideas intended to bring attention to SCI focused innovation.

Sponsors:

Companies, organizations or community members from any discipline or sector, who are interested in sponsoring the Demo Day Event to bring together the innovation community for the benefit of those living with SCI.

Investors:

Whether your investment is as a mentor, to help train & inspire the next generation of cutting edge innovators or to increase the flow of better early-stage concepts through downstream investment, funding, or incubation.

About Praxis

Praxis is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury research, innovation and care. They accelerate the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries.

Their vision is a world without paralysis after SCI. To achieve this, they take a multi-disciplinary, adaptable approach to maximize their impact. This enables them to move the most promising ideas out of the laboratory, into a standard practice of care, into the marketplace and ultimately, into the hands of the people who need it most.

By working to address all of these areas simultaneously, and with national and international partners within the SCI community and beyond, they are uniquely positioned to make exceptional improvements in the health of people with SCI.

What is SCI?

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal which often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury.

SCI is a complex condition where no two injuries are alike

Having a spinal cord injury can impact an individuals’ quality of life, financial status, relationships, work, and community participation, as well as mental health Individuals living with spinal cord injuries can experience multiple primary and secondary health complications.

How May I Sponsor?

The Praxis Demo Day is an event which marks the end of a six-month staged global design challenge to develop ideas that can improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries. Hundreds of bright minds (students, entrepreneurs, researchers and the general public) have applied, but only five pitches will be heard by potential investors, a selected panel of judges, multiple university guests, as well as the general public.

By becoming a sponsor of the Praxis Demo Day event, you will help foster the new generation of emerging SCI innovation and be recognized as an industry leader in the SCI space.

Who Should Apply

The Ideation Clinic is committed to building valuable, diverse connections, for people who are looking to develop their diverse, equitable and inclusive ideas from early-stage concepts into projects ready to be presented to commercialization partners.

Praxis Demo Day is envisioned as an opportunity for participants, who qualify to be a part of the top 5 to pitch their early-stage SCI ideas. If you are an individual, a community member, student, researcher, clinician, or an industry professional, who is interested in developing your ideas, please apply with the ultimate goal to be one of the demo day presentations to downstream commercialization partners (funders, incubators, investors, etc.).

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Industry

Community

Entrepreneurs

Clinicians

Speakers

Jennifer French

Jennifer French

SPEAKER

Founder and Executive Director of Neurotech Network

Bill Barrable

Bill Barrable

SPEAKER

CEO of Praxis

Jamie Wheal

Jamie Wheal

SPEAKER

Executive Director of the Flow Genome Project

Barry Munro

Barry Munro

KEYNOTE

CDO of the Canadian/American Spinal Research Organization

Panel: The Future of Innovation

Wilson Kwan

Wilson Kwan

Senior Director

FAAN Advisors Group Inc.

Ketaki Desai

Ketaki Desai

Vice President

Business Development at OCI

Nick Medcalf

Nick Medcalf

HFA Therapies

Enabling Programmes at Innovate UK

Chris Ahuja

Chris Ahuja

Speaker

Chief Neurosurgery Resident at the University of Toronto

Andreaa

Andreaa

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Panel: The Future of Collaboration

Karen Mossman

Karen Mossman

V.President Research

McMaster University

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The Schedule

Demo Day kicks off at 3:00pm EST

What you can expect from this incredible two-hour event:
  • Insightful and informative speakers
  • 5 Demo Day Pitches from our Top 5
  • A panel of industry experts answering key SCI innovation questions
  • An inspiring Keynote Speech from a very special guest who is living with SCI
  • An award presentation of $25,000 for the Winning Demo Day Pitch
Find out more about the Praxis Demo Schedule by following the button below.

Have a look at some of the submissions!

Alexa

The Accessible Stairlift
Student – University of Waterloo

Azadeh

Customized Programmable Adjustable Cusions
Student – University of Toronto

Carissa

Wheelchair Nature Retreat – Wheelderness
Community Member

Maria

SCerise – Spinal Cord Recovery
Entrepreneur

Megan

Nano Tess Pressure Ulcer
Entrepreneur

Sharon

PriME: Pressure Injury Management & Education
Clinician

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