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NZTech’s Nima Ziraknejad and Dr. Behrang Homayoon of Surrey Memorial Hospital with TIPSO installation in the hospital’s Angio suite

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The future of healthcare is changing for the better with novel medical technologies emerging at a record pace. One such technology developed by a UBC startup in recent years has made remarkable strides in bridging the gap between research and commercialization. UBC’s Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) and entrepreneurship @UBC (e @UBC) helped make it happen.

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The moment of anxiety is undeniable as you pull up your sleeve and hear the constricting tourniquet go snap! You can’t help but look as the hypodermic needle approaches. While modern medical needles may be wonders of minimalist function, their shape entering the skin’s surface like a good-willed mosquito is, for many, a terrifying sight.

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Many vaccines must be kept at temperatures between two to eight degrees Celsius or they may spoil, but storing them in that narrow range of temperatures can be a challenge in remote areas with limited refrigeration. A redesigned cooler developed at the University of British Columbia could help address this problem.

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Peter Klein is bringing journalists and scholars together to investigate corruption, labour abuses, and environmental costs in global supply chains.

 

Mohammad Zarifi, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan, shows his small biosensor that can be used to provide a real-time diagnosis of a bacterial infection.

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Inexpensive biosensor provides instant and accurate results

A simple water treatment system that has helped lift water advisories in two B.C. First Nations communities. Credit: UBC/Res'eau WaterNet

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For the first time in decades, two remote First Nations communities in Lytton, B.C. have access to safe drinking water – thanks to a point-of-entry treatment system designed through a collaboration between UBC engineers, the communities, industry and government.