Supporting the next generation of healthcare innovators

Multidisciplinary design competition aims to bridge gaps, accelerate research, and improve the translation of new ideas to impact neuroscience and mental health.

What do artificial Intelligence, machine learning and gamification have in common? They were positioned as potential solutions to neuroscience and mental health challenges at the recent 2020 Neuro Nexus Demo Day. Neuro Nexus is a multidisciplinary design competition which aims to bridge gaps, accelerate research and improve the translation of new ideas to impact neuroscience and mental health. Technical designs of more than 20 projects were on display on Nov. 30 and Exergy’s president Billy Rideout had a chance to see the incredible innovations firsthand as he judged the competition.

“Exergy initially began working with Neuro Nexus when we were approached by one of the teams a few years ago to 3D print a prototype,” explained Rideout. “3D printing has a key role to play in medical innovations and we wanted to support growing the health innovation community. Also, this year with so many people becoming isolated from the community and struggling with the additional stresses of the pandemic, our team felt it was important to contribute to mental health awareness.”

Exergy sponsored the competition by offering consulting, materials and 3D printing services to the innovators. “Along with our sponsorship, Exergy’s team of additive manufacturing specialists and engineers volunteered their time to design, source materials, 3D model in Fusion 360, 3D print and assemble the awards and participant prizes. “The trophies that were created incorporated a blend of sourced components, traditional machining, and additive manufacturing, much like the design projects Exergy delivers in industry”, explained Anam Rizvi, mechanical engineer (EIT).

Neuro Nexus presents $50,000 in awards, including seed funding, internships, incubator memberships, and professional services. Exergy is proud to support this forum of the next generation of innovators in Alberta. For more information about Neuro Nexus, visit: https://neuro-nexus.ca/ 

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