How will we achieve our goals?
Taking risks is necessary to develop the most innovative, most cost-effective mHealth technology. Some would say it’s also risky to commit to selling clinical-grade medical devices at the lowest price.
We won’t be able to save thousands of women and children on our own. That’s why we partner with the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital, and the Child & Family Research Institute, which receive support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and other sponsoring foundations and government agencies.
These research and development partnerships enable us to focus on what we do best: developing ultra-low cost medical devices to save lives at home and around the world.
Our key partners include:
University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The University attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses. UBC supports a thriving community of talented research faculty and staff whose ideas, discoveries and innovations seek to advance society. This community includes over 12,000 faculty and staff members, 8,000 graduate students, and a growing number of undergraduate researchers.
BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents. Based in Vancouver, BC Children’s reaches across the province with vital health services. As academic health centres, BC Children’s and Sunny Hill are affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Child & Family Research Institute, and other education and research institutions.
Electrical & Computer Engineering in Medicine (ECEM)
ECEM is a unique collaboration of engineers, computer scientists, psychologists and clinicians at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. This collaborative research group focuses on performing innovative research at the interface between technology and patient care. ECEM is affiliated with UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Anesthesia, and the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Child & Family Research Institute
The Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) is dedicated to world-class research spanning a wide range of children’s and women’s health concerns. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada. Incorporated in 1995, the institute features facilities in the heart of Vancouver that afford researchers close access to leading-edge health care organizations serving children and women from around the province. CFRI works in close partnership with BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the University of British Columbia.
Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health. It is funded by the Government of Canada through the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Federal Budget. It funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. Grand Challenges Canada works with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and other global health foundations and organizations to find sustainable, long-term solutions through Integrated Innovation® − bold ideas that integrate science, technology, social and business innovation.