issues and experts

SFU VentureLabs-supported companies providing COVID-19 solutions

May 20, 2020

SFU VentureLabs supports numerous life science, digital health, and technology companies solving real world problems for physicians, patients, and health systems – including solutions available today that are helping Canada, and the rest of the world manage the COVID-19 crisis.

The following entrepreneurs and business innovators are available to speak more about their ongoing efforts to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment while providing novel solutions to the complex challenges posed by COVID-19.
Remote symptom monitoring and reporting

Agartee provides a real-time, remote symptom monitoring and early detection solution that can alert families and physicians for “at-risk” individuals, including seniors and those suffering from COPD and asthma. Remote monitoring ensures individuals get care when they need it, reduces potential exposure for caregivers and frees up resources in the healthcare system.

Behzad Behroozan, CEO, 778.995.9306;

Remote medication tracking and alerting

CuePath enables families and care providers to remotely track medication intake of their loved ones, helping alleviate the stress associated with caregiving. As family and caregivers are restricted from visiting seniors in care homes, CuePath can alert health providers when issues arise and provide telephone reminders to keep seniors safe during the pandemic.

Bruce Nunn, Director, Business Development & Marketing, 604.644.8499;

Social networks for patients

Curatio helps connect patients and families to the daily disease management, adherence and personalized peer support they need to achieve their best outcomes. Dedicated private social networks with health-tracking tools, community support, and health insights help connect socially isolated populations and reduce the burden on local healthcare systems.

Lynda Brown-Ganzert, CEO, 604.340.7997;

Drone delivery of urgent supplies

InDro Robotics deploys commercial Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drones) to fly long range over cellular networks. The company provides a wide range of services to industries, governments and first responders, including the unmanned delivery or urgent medical supplies, prescriptions, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Philip Reece, CEO, 250.931.3933;

Virtual doctor consultations

Medimap Virtual Care lets physicians meet their own patients through secure video consults, as well as see remote “walk-in” patients in their own region or from across the province. Providing easy access to video consults allows patients to stay home, freeing up health care resources while encouraging physical distancing.

Blake Adam, CEO, 604.812.1821;

Patient prioritization and analytics

Bio Conscious is a health analytics company that delivers machine learning solutions to doctors and patients, which improve health through proactive management. Their product Endobits delivers diabetes patient data to clinics in a prioritized format, allowing providers to address those in need of intervention quickly, without requiring hospitalization.

Amir Hayeri, CEO, 778.986.3030;

Next-generation sequencing for early virus detection

Fusion Genomics is applying novel DNA/RNA capture and informatics technologies, with the aim of preventing unnecessary deaths from infectious disease. They have now completed the development of a COVID-19 specific surveillance test for all human and major zoonotic coronaviruses, including SARs-CoV-2. Fusion Genomics provides easily deployable, low-cost whole genome sequencing of SARSCoV-2, for disease surveillance, transmission dynamics and response to treatment.

Mohammad Qadir, President & Chief Scientific Officer, 604.209.7421;

Braden McMillan, University Communications and Marketing, 236.880.3459;

About VentureLabs:

VentureLabs accelerates science, technology and innovation-based companies that have winning value propositions and strong potential to scale up. Based in Vancouver, B.C., our programs and services are tailored to each company’s needs to not just grow but grow smart. We connect entrepreneurs with experienced mentors and a network of resources focused on tackling the unique challenges and complexities faced by technology innovators.