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Canada’s Superclusters Delivering Results

The Digital Supercluster has engaged 1,000 Canadian organizations, launching 65 active projects. These projects bring together consortiums of companies, academic institutions and research organizations to work on specific challenges across five focus areas – COVID-19 response, precision health, data commons, digital twins, and capacity building.

The Innovators: MetaOptima Technology brings its skin cancer-fighting AI home

When federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the first projects to be funded under the B.C.-based Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster initiative last year, he chose as his venue not a blue-chip participant like Telus Corp., Providence Health Care or the BC Cancer Agency. Instead, he spoke from the Vancouver office of a small startup, MetaOptima Technology.

01/08/2021

New UBC research partnership connects patients with virtual health communities

The Stronger Together project harnesses Curatio’s social networking health app to connect patients with expert resources, online counselling, daily health trackers and opportunities to build social connections with Canadians experiencing similar health circumstances.

01/06/2021

The Man Behind Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster - with Bill Tam​

Bill Tam, Co-Founder of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster based in Vancouver BC, joined Cascadia Report to share his wealth of experience in the tech sector in Canada, and provide insights and advice for those leading businesses in 2020 and beyond.

12/23/2020

'Company Pitch & Showcase' gives women a chance to grow in tech industry

The “Company Pitch & Showcase” is part of W Venture, a partnership program between The University of Victoria, Viatech and Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. A three-month pilot program by W Venture was launched this past September for women in Victoria and the Okanagan who were ready to accelerate their tech-sector businesses.

12/03/2020

COVID-19 vaccine delivery project draws on SFU's health tech expertise

As a COVID-19 vaccine draws closer, Simon Fraser University researchers Diane Gromala, Chris Shaw and a team of graduate students are tracking the data to ensure those who'll need vaccinations most the "less visible" vulnerable and at-risk have priority access.

12/03/2020

New investment will speed stem-cell research for Type 1 diabetes, Element AI approves American acquisition, and more

A consortium led by Toronto’s DNAstack has received $5.1 million to increase capacity to use genomics and biomedical data to better understand, predict, and treat COVID-19 on a molecular level. The project is funded in part by Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.

12/02/2020

New investment will speed stem-cell research for Type 1 diabetes, Element AI approves American acquisition, and more

A consortium of Canadian informatics firms, pharmaceutical companies, and research institutes has pledged C$5.1 million (US$3.9 million) to tailor a bioinformatics and health data platform for COVID-19 research across the country.

12/01/2020

Universities, student researchers team up to fight COVID-19​

The Looking Glass: Protecting Canadians in a Return to Community, aims to bring machine learning and predictive analytics to bear. It brings together researchers at Queen’s University and the University of Saskatchewan with a host of private-sector partners in artificial intelligence and computing. It is partly supported by $1.3-million from the federal government, through the Digital Technology Supercluster.

11/06/2020

Superclusters’ focus on collaboration is reaping benefits for Canadian SMEs

The national superclusters’ efforts to increase collaboration among different industrial sectors, large and small companies, and academic research institutions are paying off for some Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises.

11/04/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Makes $10 Million Investment, Rounding out $60 Million Covid-19 Program

The Digital Technology Supercluster has made $10.7 million in follow-on investments to five projects under its COVID-19 stream, rounding out the Supercluster’s $60 million budget for the pandemic-focused program.

10/22/2020

Supercluster Makes Follow-on Investments in COVID-19 Feasibility Projects

The Feasibility Studies deployed in the COVID-19 Program allow Supercluster members and collaborators to identify rising challenges created by the changing environment the COVID-19 pandemic brings.

10/22/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Invests $30 Million in 17 Projects Through COVID-19 Program - BetaKit​

The British Columbia-based Digital Technology Supercluster has announced a cumulative investment of approximately $30 million into 17 projects through its COVID-19 program, launched in April to contribute to Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight the pandemic.​

08/06/2020

Vancouver supercluster closes out $60m in pandemic funding - Business in Vancouver

After four months of approving projects for funding, the Digital Technology Supercluster has closed out its investments to the tune of $60 million with the approval of 16 final projects on Thursday.

08/06/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Announces 16 New Funded Projects and Completion of $60 Million Investment in COVID-19 Program - TNET

The Digital Technology Supercluster announced the completion of its $60 million investment in the COVID-19 Program, launched in April to fight COVID-19.

08/06/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Completes $60 Million Investment in COVID-19 Program - Techcouver

The Digital Technology Supercluster has announced the completion of its $60 million investment in the COVID-19 Program, launched in April to contribute to Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19.

08/06/2020

Supercluster Delivers For Food-X’s eGrocery Management Solution - Techcouver

The Digital Technology Supercluster is providing Food-X Technologies with an additional $2.6 million to enhance its eGrocery Management Solution (eGMS) for retailers to scale safe food delivery.

08/05/2020

Food-X Technologies Receives Additional Funding to Enhance eGrocery Management Solution for Retailers - Cantech Letter

Food-X Technologies, a leading scalable end-to-end software solution for profitable online grocery fulfilment, today announced the Digital Technology Supercluster will provide a follow-on $2.6 million to enhance its eGrocery Management Solution (eGMS) for retailers to scale safe food delivery.

08/05/2020

Canadian Consortium Increases Access to Cancer Testing and Treatment in Response to COVID-19 - The Province

A consortium led by Vancouver-based Canexia Health will enable access to critical testing and treatment options for Canadian cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/15/2020

Accelerate Okanagan, Digital Technology Supercluster Launch Program for Women Entrepreneurs in BC - BetaKit

Accelerate Okanagan, University of Victoria, VIATEC, and the Digital Technology Supercluster have opened applications for W Venture, an entrepreneurial program for women in British Columbia.

06/26/2020

Terramera Leading Project to Predict Future Strains of COVID-19 With AI-BetaKit

British Columbia’s Digital Technology Supercluster, backed by the Government of Canada, will support Terramera’s effort with $1.8 million CAD in initial funding through its COVID-19 program, which seeks to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the country’s economy “through the development, deployment, and scaling of digital technologies.”

08/05/2020

Digital supercluster to spend nearly CA$60M to fight coronavirus now and in the future - BioWorld

A consortium led by Vancouver-based Canexia Health will enable access to critical testing and treatment options for Canadian cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/15/2020

Starling Minds Announced in a $2.5M Digital Technology Supercluster Project to Deliver Personalized Mental Health Tools for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Canadian Business Journal

The Digital Technology Supercluster announced its co-investment into a $2.5M project to deliver a suite of interactive digital therapy tools to healthcare organizations for readily accessible and personalized mental health care for their workers.

06/09/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Investing in Eight New Projects Through COVID-19 Program - BetaKit

Eight new projects focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic are receiving investments from the British Columbia-based Digital Technology Supercluster. The funding for each project was not disclosed. technologies.”

06/05/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster unveils eight new projects as part of COVID-19 response - Financial Post

The federally backed Digital Technology Supercluster on Thursday unveiled eight new initiatives from its $60-million COVID-19 program, including a new system for local authorities to model the impacts of reopening as well as platforms for virtual mental health, addiction treatment and telework for youth and health-care workers.

06/05/2020

Supercluster Funds More COVID-19 Recovery Projects In B.C. - Techcouver

The Digital Technology Supercluster continues to collaborate with companies from across Canada to develop, deploy and scale innovative technologies to support Canadians safely return to work.

06/04/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster unveils eight new projects - Business in Vancouver

Eight new projects will be tapping into $60 million in funding dedicated to addressing the pandemic following a March mandate from the federal government.

06/04/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster unveils eight new projects as part of COVID-19 response - The Logic

The federally backed Digital Technology Supercluster on Thursday unveiled eight new initiatives from its $60-million COVID-19 program, including a new system for local authorities to model the impacts of reopening as well as platforms for virtual mental health, addiction treatment and telework for youth and health-care workers.

06/04/2020

UBC researchers use technology to speed up COVID-19 diagnoses - CTV News

A portable ultrasound device developed by a Burnaby company in 2017 is being redeployed as a tool in the fight against COVID-19. The project is part of a $2.5-million initiative led by B.C.'s Digital Technology Supercluster and known as Intelligent Network Point of Care Ultrasound (IN-PoCUS). The goal of the initiative is to improve diagnosis in rural areas.

05/26/2020

Digital Technology Supercluster Funds UVic COVID-19 Research - Business Examiner

Whether using artificial intelligence to fast-track antibody development to treat COVID-19 or striving to keep home-care patients and caregivers safe, two University of Victoria research projects funded by the Digital Technology Supercluster will contribute to finding solutions to the pandemic.

05/26/2020

Scanners could accelerate COVID-19 diagnoses - Times Colonist

Canada’s Digital Supercluster program provided $2 million for the development of the scanners project. But, when COVID appeared, research shifted to assist in diagnosis. Then, an additional $500,000 came from the Supercluster, Providence, Clarius, Change Healthcare and UBC.

05/26/2020

1QBit, AlayaCare among Latest Projects to Receive Support from Digital Technology Supercluster - BetaKit

The British Columbia-based Digital Technology Supercluster has announced seven new projects that are part of its COVID-19 program, which is focused on unlocking solutions that protect the public health, safety, and the economy during and after the crisis.

05/26/2020

Seven more projects tap funding from B.C. supercluster in COVID-19 fight - Business in Vancouver

The B.C.-based supercluster revealed Tuesday (May 26) seven more projects have been approved for funding in addition to the four that were announced last month.

05/26/2020

Vancouver’s tech supercluster commits $60m to COVID-19 fight - Business in Vancouver

The Vancouver-based supercluster revealed Monday (April 20) it’s earmarked $60 million from its $153 million budget to develop partnerships across its networks to address issues brought on by the pandemic.

04/20/2020