We can disrupt health and we can do it here. There is a huge opportunity for innovators focused on solving current challenges facing the health system.

The next wave of health improvement will centre around non-health data and its relationship to health. Global health innovators are now considering the entire health value chain, including social determinants of health and health outside the acute-care system when designing novel solutions.

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What does Health City do?

We help create the collaborative environment to enable innovators to co-develop, validate, adopt and showcase the capabilities in our region. We do this by:

Engaging with innovators addressing key local health challenges (e.g. diabetes, obesity, seniors’ frailty, opioid addiction, youth mental health). We pair these initiatives with novel capabilities from industry – including smaller local companies, large multinationals and non-traditional health companies – to co-develop solutions. Since these challenges have global relevance, solutions built here can be exported globally. And our SMEs can partner with larger multinationals to co-market their products and services internationally.

Being an honest broker and identifying what all parties can bring to the table, including relationships, expertise, global reach, investment, innovation or policy influence. We de-risk the environment and accelerate our innovators’ solutions.

Building a platform to analyze multiple data sets to generate evidence. We’re creating a platform that uses advanced tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze multiple sources of data. We can use this data to generate evidence for the marketability of health innovations and to predict future innovation & investments that would impact the health of citizens in our region and beyond.

We strive to serve as an example of how to transform health to meet the evolving needs of our populace and build a stronger economy.

Here’s what we’ve been working on lately:

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Where does Health City fit in the ecosystem?

We represent a hub of expertise in health and health industry that supports the broader innovation ecosystem in our region.

Health City relies on the programs and services in our ecosystem. Our projects and initiatives scale our SMEs to global markets, which requires our SMEs to have strong product offerings and management teams. Services and programs in our ecosystem strengthen our SMEs enabling them to be global contenders.

When Health City was formed, our stakeholders identified five areas of need in the health ecosystem. We are working with and rely on all our stakeholders and partners in the ecosystem (industry, service providers, funders, academia, government) to address them:

Health City’s Goals

1. Foster an innovation ecosystem
that provides an unparalleled environment for success for health innovation and industry participants
2. Edmonton becomes a destination of choice
for health innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers
3. Create a policy environment that accelerates the development and growth
of the health innovation continuum, from discovery to commercialization and application
4. Accelerate access to finance, capital and institutional investment
whilst removing financial barriers to growth
5. Solidify Edmonton’s reputation
as a leading health innovation ecosystem