Sunnybrook Research Institute
Journey to a Breakthrough: Helping Patients with Sleep Apnea Breathe Again
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Bayview Campus, Harrison Hall EG-21
Speaker: Dr. Hisham Alshaer
Abstract: Medical technology innovation is an exhilarating journey: taking on an opportunity to deliver ideas and technologies that will transform healthcare for generations to come.
In 2007, Dr. Alshaer embarked on a challenging quest to create a tool for diagnosing sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that affects about two million Canadians and can lead to major health problems including heart failure, strokes and high blood pressure. The new device had to satisfy some challenging criteria; it must be easy to use, low cost, and most importantly, accurate and reliable. A goal that several research and industrial groups have pursued for decades with nominal success. With his background in medicine and biomedical engineering along with the support he received, the goal was realized: a novel wireless acoustic device for the diagnosis of sleep apnea was born, the BresoDx®. To bring this technology from the lab to market, a start-up company was formed—BresoTec Inc. BresoDx® is now approved and sold as a medical device in Canada and Europe.
In this talk, Dr. Alshaer will present his inspiring journey that spans the fields of medicine, medtech-based entrepreneurship and engineering, discuss the interaction between academia and business, and share the keys to success in the challenging process of developing nascent medical technologies.