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UHN, University of Toronto launch Techna innovation hub to get health technologies to patients faster
Date:11/9/2011

adiation Physics at Princess Margaret Hospital.

The Techna mandate to focus specifically on healthcare technologies is designed to ensure that rapidly advancing technology already used in other sectors is integrated as quickly as possible into disease management and healthcare delivery, says Dr. Jaffray. "Techna provides a process and framework to help innovation reach the patient."

Dr. Jaffray cites two examples of healthcare technologies currently being tested in clinical research: a "GPS" system for surgeons that integrates real-time data in three-dimensional images for greater precision while operating; and software for mobile applications to help patients, such as diabetics, track and manage their own health data.

Start-up funding of $10 million was initiated by a $5 million "challenge" donation to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation from Toronto-area philanthropist Carlo Fidani, who has a long-standing interest in building unique environments for collaboration and innovation. Another donor has provided a further $1 million, and the Foundation is committed to raising the rest.

"Thanks to Mr. Fidani and the Foundation, we can now accelerate advances in other diseases, just as we have done in cancer," says Dr. Jaffray, a renowned innovator and leader in the development of image-guided radiation therapy who also pioneered the development of Cone Beam CT for radiation planning and treatment, now used worldwide.


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