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Montréal leads in Medtech

The Intersection of AI and Life Sciences Positions Montreal as a Leader in MedTech.

Montréal’s leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences related innovation is recognized across the globe. With no less than four post-secondary institutions having ranked the city as one of the best in the world for students, Montréal’s highly-respected research institutes are shaping the future of medical care thanks to their medtech innovations.

Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a cancer-detection method developed by researchers at Montréal’s McGill University. The collaborative team created a powerful new intraoperative probe for detecting cancer cells. The hand-held probe enables surgeons to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery. The probe is superior to existing technology and could set a new standard for successful brain cancer surgery.

Professor Sylvain Martel, Director of the Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory, and a team of researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University achieved a major leap forward in cancer research by developing new nanorobotic agents able to navigate through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision without the usual side effects of chemotherapy.

Montréal researchers have developed a smartphone and tablet app designed to help people detect HIV through self-testing. Meanwhile, AI technology capable of predicting cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer’s disease could be available within 3-5 years thanks to researchers at McGill University.

Researcher Rachel Bouserhal won an Mitacs & NRC-IRAP Award for noise-cancelling, digital ear plugs programmed with advanced voice-quality algorithm to enhance communication between workers at loud industrial sites.  Concordia University unveiled the first genome lab in Canada where “robots do biology,” and researchers at McGill developed brain ‘fingerprints,’ using AI technology and computational brain modelling to predict drug effectiveness.


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Named the Most Reputable City in the Americas by the Reputation Institute’s annual City RepTrak list, Montréal has also been recognized as ICCA’s top city in North America for international association meetings, the #1 city in North America for students ­(3rd internationally) and has achieved the top prize in the UIA’s leading event city in the Americas 2018 rankings. Combine these impressive stats with the city’s wealth of intellectual capital, access to thought-leaders, industry and academia, world-class conference and hotel venues, a dynamic cultural and culinary scene, and you’ve got the makings of a leading conference destination for organizations in the medtech field.