Bridging The Gap Between Professional And Grassroots Hockey

My Pro Hero emerging as an influential app in sports

AC Client My Pro Hero is a new, e-learning app that is bridging the gap between professional and grassroots hockey.

The online coaching tool allows aspiring athletes to receive equal and unrestricted access to top-level experts, regardless of income or location. “Young players need translatable skill development and mentorship from those who have competed at highest level,” says Todd Bidner, Detroit Red Wing Alumni and Cofounder of My Pro Hero.

The app combines live videoconferencing and built-in tools that allow professional athletes, former players, and skill development coaches to share their learned skills with a new, expanded online audience of young players.


With support from The NHL Alumni BreakAway program (a program dedicated to assisting players transition after hockey), the app was built to help NHL Alumni build their post career path by creating new coaching connections between former players and the next generation of promising players.

“After retiring from the game I saw an opportunity to stay connected by hosting coaching clinics for minor hockey” says Bidner, who also owns Skill Shots LLC where he has taught skill development to 800 local youth. “But a coaches’ physical reach is only so wide. My Pro Hero allows top players to translate their coaching methods into the online world, reaching tens of thousands instead hundreds of players.”


One of the players taking advantage of My Pro Hero is Brian Trottier, 7 time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Famer. “I saw My Pro Hero as a perfect business opportunity for me. I’ve always desired to do what Gordie Howe did for me, serve as a leader and positive role model for the next generation of hockey.”

Coaches also have the option to donate the proceeds from their session to a preferred charity or to the app’s featured player initiative or charity.

“The spirit of hockey is the essence of who we are,” says Steve Wicklum, Cofounder and former minor professional player, “I know firsthand the depth of affect a coach can have on a player; one small piece of advice can change your career and we’ve found a way to support that.”

As the first of its kind, My Pro Hero is transforming the way modern athletes develop.

The vision for the company is to expand beyond hockey to all sports including figure skating and the introduction of a sports nutrition division.

AC Grad BigRoad headed for big bucks


KITCHENER — The trucking industry produces more paper reports than any other sector of the economy except tax collectors, so it was more than ripe for digital innovation.

“There is more than a billion pieces of paper produced annually by drivers of trucks,” Terry Frey, the founder and chief executive officer at BigRoad, said.

The local startup developed a mobile app for smartphones and tablets so truckers can easily log their hours of driving, maintenance, repairs, inspections, routes, border crossings and fuel purchases.

Trucking is a linchpin of the North American economy. Both drivers and owners of trucking fleet file reports every day. That information is retained for several months for government auditors who want to ensure regulatory compliance. All of that work was done with pens, papers and fax machines.

But thanks to its app, BigRoad now has more traction than a truck in low gear. Its app has been downloaded more than 330,000 times, it works with 25,000 fleets and 70,000 drivers across the continent.

Drivers all over North America can easily complete reports on the app and share that with the administrative staff in the office. BigRoad developed a robust system to help fleet owners manage their vehicles, and administer the paper work.

It also has an electronic device that plugs directly into the truck engine and records everything the vehicle does. Thanks to pending changes in regulations that will require engine-connected logs in every U.S. truck by the end of 2017, BigRoad is poised for enormous growth.

“If we are successful this year we will grow by three-and-a-half to four times in 2016,” Frey said.

To handle the increased business BigRoad plans to more than double the staff this year to about 70, up from 31. That will position the startup for what Frey calls “one of those awesome 10X years” in 2017 as the trucking industry installs millions of engine connected electronic logs like the ones BigRoad developed.

“The best numbers we have is that they are 18 per cent saturated today,” Frey said. “So you are dealing with something like 3.7 million trucks that don’t have anything today.”

Back in 2011 Frey was looking to create a startup, and very quickly focused on trucking. He and a couple of other founders set up BigRoad in the Accelerator Centre in Waterloo, and went to work.

BigRoad was founded by Frey, his brother Kelly and Dan Collens, who is the startup’s chief technology officer.

“We had never worked in a trucking company, but we all understand how to deploy technology in a very good way in an industry that is running very inefficiently,” Frey said.

When it comes to digital innovation, Collens likens the trucking industry to the land that time forgot.

“As I learned more about it, the scale and size of the industry, its importance to the economy, what attracted me was the need for us to get in there and do something,” Collens said.

The trio started developing their software in earnest in September 2011.

Back then, only about 35 per cent of truckers carried a smartphone, but they bet that figure would increase dramatically. They were right as now more than 90 per cent of truckers have smartphones.

The foundation of BigRoad’s growth is the widespread availability of low-cost smartphones and tablets, and the proliferation of cellular data plans.

“We built he initial product with just three engineers,” Collens said.

BigRoad left the Accelerator Centre in September 2013. It moved into 4,800-square-feet at Ottawa and Westmount streets in Kitchener. It will soon move into bigger offices at Columbia and Phillips streets inside one of the former BlackBerry buildings owned by the Waterloo Innovation Network.

There are an estimated 4.3 million transport trucks on North American roads. The overwhelming majority of those vehicles belong to companies with fewer than 10 trucks. Those small companies can not afford IT departments, safety officers and in-house auditors.

BigRoad’s software and hardware fills all of those roles for small trucking firms.

They can focus on getting good loads and helping their drivers,” Frey said.

The engine-connected electronic log has embedded software. The startup has mobile apps for IOS and Android. It has web apps for the office and administrative support. All this technology generates enormous amounts of information, such as the exact location of all the trucks thanks to GPS trackers.

“So we’ve got big data problems, mobile apps, web, everything,” Collens said. “That has been the most interesting and challenging aspect of it.”

Collens and Frey are part of a growing demographic in the region’s startup ecosystem. Middle-aged entrepreneurs with lots of experience who are looking for new challenges.

Collens co-founded Kaleidescape. It is based in Silicon Valley with a research office here. It digitally stores and organizes Blu-ray and DVD movies, and makes them available from any television.

Prior to that Cullens worked for CacheFlow, which became Blue Coat. It developed an appliance to help service providers deliver more content, including video, with less bandwidth.

Frey comes from an Old Order Mennonite family.

“We go way back, generation wise, six or seven generations,” Frey said.

He graduated from electronics engineering at Conestoga College, and did a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He worked for Oracle, Digital Equipment, Descarte, Netscape and Turnpike Global, which was acquired by the XRS Corporation in 2009.

And BigRoad is a result of a long-held passion to build his own company from the ground up.

“I have always wanted to do that,” Frey said.

Boosting online ad revenue means growth for Sortable in Kitchener


By Terry Pender, Waterloo Region Record

During the past seven months, a local startup that helps publishers maximize ad revenues from websites has grown by 40 per cent — month over month — and wants to hire 20 engineers as it prepares to more than double in size in the coming year.

Sortable was founded by Chris Reid, a serial entrepreneur and electrical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. Earlier this month, Reid moved his fast-growing startup into a former restaurant behind the strip mall at 607 King St. W.

Up until then, Sortable was in the University of Waterloo’s software incubator in the Tannery — the Velocity Garage. Sortable went into Velocity with three employees. It now has 23, and is aggressively hiring more software engineers.

Reid said the idea for Sortable came out of his former startup Snapsort. It collected reviews, prices and product information for online shoppers. If you needed information about digital cameras or sports apparel, Snapsort aggregated the data for you on a series of websites.

“The goal was to aggregate the data from around the web in one spot, so they could make an informed decision and get the best price,” Reid said in an interview.

His team developed deep expertise in big data, analytics and optimization. And then Reid realized that expertise could be better used in a much more lucrative, global market. Publishers around the world struggle to increase ad revenues from their websites. And Sortable found ways to do that quickly and efficiently.

Typically, Sortable helps a publisher increase revenues by 20 to 30 per cent. Sometimes by much as 100 per cent. The ad groups within publishing companies do not have technical people on staff and, in the age of digital advertising on websites, that leaves them flat footed.

“The way you maximize revenue best, that is a big data problem, that is an optimization problem, they are not well equipped to solve for that,” Reid said.

More than 80 per cent of his clients are in the U.S., and Sortable is in discussions with some of the biggest and most recognizable names in publishing. All of them, Reid said, underpriced what they charged for online ads.

Sortable built the capability to track online shoppers in real time, and decide what kind of customized ad should be put in front of them. It does this in less than a thousandth of a second.

As shoppers move around the web, they are tracked in real time. If shopper goes to a website of a Sortable client, the deep analytics decide what to put on the site in front of that shopper — content marketing, a video or an actual product.

That ad may be tailored to that specific shopper, saying something like: “Hey, you left that sports apparel company’s site without buying anything, so it is now offering you a 20 per cent discount.”

If that ad is successful on the Sortable client’s website, the sports apparel company should pay a lot more for the ad, Reid said. But to do that, the publisher needs the data and information to see exactly what is going on in the complex world of online advertising and shopping.

The digital trail that online consumers leave behind is collected and crunched by Sortable software. Where you are coming from, how much you have spent in the past and what people like you are worth.

“It is a data problem, and that’s why publishers are not set up well to solve for it,” Reid said. “It is actually a machine-learning, analytical, big-data problem versus the traditional ad business.”

With the rise of the commercial web, something called programmatic advertising also came along. Brands and advertising agencies push out ads to automated exchanges. They are seeking the lowest cost space on websites, and the agencies and brands have all of the data. It can take as little as 20 seconds to place the ads.

“And we come in and say: ‘No, no, no, no. Let’s give publishers the same kind of data, the same kind of protection, that same kind of insight and options that the demand side has and that advertisers have,” Reid said.

Verticalscope is the lead investor in Sortable. Verticalscope is a private, Toronto-based company with more than 600 websites specializing automotive, power sports, power equipment, pets, sports and technology.

“Given that we are only a year old, we are focused on publishers we can on-board quickly,” Reid said.

“That said we are in talks with some of the oldest publishers in the world. Things are transforming very quickly for us,” Reid said.

AC Graduates Nominated for Startup Awards

Two of the Accelerator Centre’s Graduates have been nominated for Startup Awards

Clearpath Robotics is nominated for Startup of the Year, while Axonify received a nod for Employer of the Year!

Vote for them here.

Other notable nominees include Bridgit, Vidyard CEO, Michael Litt, Wealthsimple, and VC firms OMERS Ventures,  Real Ventures, and  Version One Ventures.

In The Chat enables TD to offer customer support through Facebook

John Huehn - AC Client Showcase 2015

TD partners with AC Client to be the first bank in the world to offer customer service through Facebook Messenger

TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW/ – TD Bank Group announced the launch of customer service through Messenger.  Taking comfort and convenience to the next level, TD is the first bank, globally, to offer Messenger as a way of connecting with customers.

“Whether it is in a branch, over the phone, or on your mobile device, the core of what we do is about delivering legendary experiences for our customers and unparalleled convenience and service every single day,” said Theresa McLaughlin, incoming Chief Marketing Officer, TD Bank Group. “We are excited to be able to extend our ability to engage with our customers in a convenient and timely way through Messenger. More than 16 million Canadians use Facebook every day, so it is an important communication platform for us to make a more personal, human connection with our customers.”

We are making it easier than ever for customers to connect with a TD specialist anytime. In 2011, TD was the first bank in Canada to offer customer service 17 hours a day, seven days a week through a dedicated North American Social Customer Service team on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to today’s launch of Messenger, earlier this year TD launched texting as part of Social Customer Service, TD Helps (the TD online advice community) and TD Live Chat on where customers are able to start a real-time conversation.

“More than 700 million people use Messenger to stay connected to the people and now, businesses, they care about. We’re pleased that TD Bank Group is leading the way in the Financial Services sector, delivering their customers the best way to communicate quickly, conveniently and within context…all inside one of their favourite apps,” said Jordan Banks, Managing Director, Facebook Canada.

“We know Messenger is a popular and widely used platform and this demonstrates our belief in making sure we bring customer service to where our customers are,” added McLaughlin.

Starting today customers can simply open up the Messenger app and search for TD to begin a conversation with our TD live agents between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET, seven days a week. This new service is enabled by In the Chat, a digital customer service platform that brings together messaging capabilities with social media, text, chat and emerging mobile channels in a single, convenient solution.

TD will not ask you to provide personal information, or login information such as usernames, passwords, PINs, IdentificationPlus security questions and answers, or account numbers, through Messenger. For more information on TD’s online communication policy please visit us at


About TD Bank Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 24 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with approximately 10.2 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.1 trillion in assets on October 31, 2015. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

SOURCE TD Bank Group

Massive Growth, Employee Satisfaction at Axonify Starts with Good Leadership


by Rose Behar

This post originally appeared in Techvibes

Waterloo-based Axonify, an e-learning platform that uses games and incentives to make corporate learning fun, ended 2015 with a staggering $10 millin in annual recurring revenue, doubling that number from the beginning of the year and growing from a team of around 30 to 60.

Of top importance to CEO and startup veteran Carol Leaman, however, is that they did so without losing their internal culture, and she says her focus remains on making that a priority as they add an estimated 35 more new employees over the upcoming year.

“I think that one of the critical elements is for me to stay very closely attached with the staff,” says Leaman, who adds that the company is bringing in a third-party facilitator in February to do a company-wide session on culture and values. It is this sort of accessibility and careful consideration of employee input that keeps Axonify employees gushing about their employer.

Lindsay Cournoyer, Director of Marketing Communications describes Axonify as “led by an experienced leadership team who is totally trusting and transparent.”

Software developer Mitch Dickinson also comments on Axonify’s leadership, saying, “The management team of Axonify is stacked. All our top executives are serial entrepreneurs that have successfully been through the trenches over and over again.”

The leadership team’s accomplishments are definitely impressive, and none more so than Leaman herself, who previous to purchasing an extremely early version of Axonify, sold her startup PostRank to Google. She also successfully built and sold manufacturing software company RSS Solutions and virtual reality player Fakespace.

With such a wealth of leadership experience in early-stage companies, it’s no wonder Leaman knows how to helm a harmonious office, but even she notes, “I do think we have something special going on here. When you have people say the best decision they ever made was to come and work here… it makes me feel good that’s for sure.”

Suzanne Hyatt, VP of Human Resources, says she believes there are many reasons for the great work atmosphere at Axonify, giving examples such as Leaman and the rest of the leadership team taking time for one-on-one coffee dates with employees, bi-weekly lunch meetings where employees recognize each other for positive contributions and a yearly team survey.

“We also have a very active social committee,” adds Hyatt, noting that there are many informal social events in the office, from cards to fitness challenges.

Friendly competition in the office is also stoked through the use of the company’s own product. All team members, including the management team, participate in an internal version of their e-learning platform, which challenges users to answer questions on company and product knowledge in order to win points that can be used towards eBay-style auctions on prizes.

“We have a product that delivers results,” says Greg Boyd, Director of Customer Success, noting that his pride in their product is one of the main reasons he loves working at Axonify.

Leaman also identifies the product as a huge element in Axonify’s culture.

“If people don’t believe in what they’re selling, and they don’t see the value in it, it’s hard to be invested in the company.”

Ultimately, Leaman believes a great working culture takes a large amount of trust.

“I’m a person who firmly believes that every single human being comes to work every day really wanting to do good things… and in my experience when you trust people to come to work with that attitude they perform in ways that you just don’t even expect.”

Six Reasons Why ‘Grownup Startups’ have a Better Chance at Success

by Carol Leaman

This post was originally published in Techvibes

When you hear the word “startup,” you likely think of a twenty-something tech wiz working with two or three buddies in the basement to build the next Facebook.

But achieving success is a lot harder than it appears. In fact, 90% of startups fail.

That’s where a “grown-up startup” has an advantage. A grown-up startup is a company that is formed with a seasoned leadership team from day one. They’ve worked in early stage tech companies before, made mistakes and learned the ropes, putting them in a better position to make it big.

Here are six lessons young entrepreneurs can learn from the “grown-ups” to achieve startup success:

1. Strike the right balance between product and market.

First-time startup founders often don’t pay enough attention to the market. They work on developing a “cool” product with a “once we build it, they will come” mindset, only to learn too late that nobody wants to buy it. In fact, CB Insights cites no market need as the number one reason startups fail.

Grown-up startups, on the other hand, keep their heads out of the sand and their eyes on the market. They know that validating the market size, finding out what customers value, understanding their needs, and identifying how they would buy and implement the product is just as important as focusing on product development.

2. Plan for growth accordingly.

It isn’t uncommon for first-time entrepreneurs to find themselves in chaos, either because of premature scaling or insufficient resources to meet customer demands. But because grown-up startups have been around the block a few times, they have the foresight to plan correctly for each stage of development.

Early on, they identify the roles they need to have in place when the company reaches defined growth milestones. And, before they ask for funding, they also plan how much money they’ll require and where it will be applied, giving them a solid blueprint for achieving targeted objectives.

3. Ask for the right amount of capital and leave enough time to raise it.

The second most common cause of startup failure is not having enough capital. Novice entrepreneurs tend to underestimate the amount of money they’ll need and the time it will take to raise it, while overestimating the worth of their business.

Since grown-up startups have gone through funding rounds before, they know it will take about 6-8 months to get the investment they require. This means they can align their equity and spend expectations accordingly so they won’t run out of funds. They can also better estimate how much money they’ll need to ask for to hit critical business targets going forward.

4. Have a big-picture view of what they need to win faster.

Many early stage tech companies are so focused on their technology, they forget to identify critical targets for success. Grown-up startups, however, know what needs to be true to become the category winner.

They know that while startups need to act with urgency, they also need a longer-term business plan that details how to get from point A to point B. And this visionary approach (at both the strategy and tactical execution levels) happens much more rapidly because they’ve done it before and know how to avoid pitfalls.

5. Invest in marketing.

Many new founders don’t realize that mindshare is limited and forgoing marketing dollars to rise above the crowd, raise brand awareness and message the product correctly increases the chance of failure. Grown-up startups understand the value of marketing and know it is essential for becoming the brand leader.

They implement marketing programs from the get-go, even if it involves hiring only one person and allocating a small budget. They also place a high value on authoring thought leadership pieces, aligning with external influencers, speaking at industry events and obtaining external product validation through customer case studies and testimonials to generate recognition and credibility in the market.

6. Stay focused and drill deep.

A lot of early stage companies want customers so desperately that they go after them at any cost—even if they aren’t the right ones. Grown-up startups, on the other hand, rely on their experience and intuition to place better bets. They know a company with twenty-five customers in separate industries, all using the product in different applications, is far less valuable than a company that has twenty-five customers split into three markets, each using the product in a similar way.

That’s because they know the fastest way to gain a new customer is to showcase the value a similar customer is receiving. So, grown-ups define target customers upfront and then focus their efforts, rather than trying to meet disparate demands.

About Carol Leaman

Carol Leaman is the CEO of Accelerator Centre Graduate Axonify Inc., developer of the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform that combines its award-winning microlearning platform with innovative knowledge-on-demand capabilities to improve employee and organizational performance. Carol is a much sought after speaker, presenting at high profile events, such as the Fortune Tech conference in Aspen, HR Summit 2012 Impact99 conferences in both Vancouver and Toronto and TedxWomen in Waterloo.

About Axonify

We are a Waterloo-based technology company that is revolutionizing the corporate learning game with Axonify – the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform. Combining an award-winning approach to microlearning, innovative knowledge-on-demand capabilities, and elements of gamification to drive engagement, Axonify is helping build more knowledgeable workforces who drive business results for big name clients like Walmart, Bloomingdale’s & Toyota.

What are the ingredients to our success? A strong leadership team, an industry-leading product, a culture built on trust and most importantly – an extraordinary group of employees. By expanding our team with smart, motivated people we will continue to lead the way in this new & exciting space.

Aultman Hospital Goes Live with Client Outlook’s eUnity

AC Grad’s Universal Image Viewer Provides All Users With Anywhere, Anytime Access to Diagnostic Quality Images Regardless of Underlying System

WATERLOO, ON (Marketwired – January 13, 2016) – Client Outlook Inc., a leading provider of FDA Class II diagnostic and clinical image viewing solutions, announced today that Aultman Hospital, Stark County Ohio’s largest hospital and largest employer, has gone live with Client Outlook’s eUnity™. The universal image viewer is now used hospital-wide by more than 2,000 physicians, referring physicians, residents, nurses and registered practical nurses for anywhere, anytime viewing of diagnostic quality images.

Aultman chose eUnity for its truly universal nature. Unlike the proprietary solutions offered by vendor neutral archive (VNA) vendors, eUnity is truly 100 percent agnostic. The viewer can be implemented on top of any PACS or any VNA, eliminating painful upgrades for users while completely future-proofing the imaging workflow. This approach frees the healthcare enterprise to make future changes to underlying infrastructure with minimal disruption.

“When we first began looking at a PACS replacement or upgrade a few years ago, we were very worried about change management. A change in system meant disruption for our physicians’ workflow and a support nightmare for our imaging and IT team,” says Rafael Gonzalez, executive director of imaging and information technologies at Aultman. “Then we discovered eUnity. More than any other product, it offered us a truly universal solution. It was vendor-neutral, browser-neutral and a completely agnostic solution that can work with anything. It supports all types of imaging and also offers incredibly fast querying of images from a variety of sources.”

“Aultman worked with the Client Outlook team to configure eUnity specific to the needs of its physicians, adding new hanging protocols to address how images first open, and image enabling their electronic medical records (EMR) system to allow users to open images in context with all of the other patient data,” says Brenda Rankin, Executive Vice President, Client Outlook. “Aultman and Client Outlook are working closely together to shape the future of enterprise image viewing, such as viewing EKGs — a current viewing challenge no other vendor can solve.”

“I keep saying the industry has it all backwards. What healthcare enterprises need is a universal viewer that can query anything and work with any underlying system. Then you are free to use any system you want,” says Gonzalez.


eUnity™ is available for iOS on the Apple App Store, for Android through Google Play. When used on mobile devices, eUnity™ is for reference and referral only.

About Client Outlook, Inc.

Client Outlook is an innovative healthcare technology company who design imaging solutions that ultimately save people’s lives. Driven by our own personal healthcare experiences, we challenge ourselves every day to develop and deliver the most practical, useful and secure diagnostic, clinical and mobility solution for physicians and frontline healthcare professionals — right where healthcare happens. For more information about our company and our eUnity™ product suite, visit us on the web at

Intellijoint Surgical Wins 2015 Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership

Frost & Sullivan Commends Intellijoint Surgical for the Success of intellijoint HIP™

Intellijoint Surgical’s core technology represents the latest in miniature 3D surgical measurement within the sterile field — intellijoint HIP can improve accuracy in achieving preoperative planned targets, ultimately improving patient satisfaction and healthcare economics

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the hip replacement market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Intellijoint Surgical with the 2015 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership. Intellijoint Surgical’s flagship product, intellijoint HIP™, can greatly increase the success rates of hip replacement procedures by providing orthopedic surgeons with real-time data measurements of cup position, leg length, and offset intraoperatively. Accurate implant selection and alignment improves patients’ outcomes and reduces overall treatment costs.

intellijoint HIP™, incorporates Intellijoint Surgical’s proprietary core technology, a miniaturized 3D surgical measurement system placed within the sterile field that provides surgeons with accurate measurements in real-time,” said Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Director,Tonya Fowler. “The data assists surgeons in selecting the best-fitting implant for the patient and helps align the implant in the desired location that is critical for a successful surgical outcome.”

Orthopedic surgeons are equipped with preoperative images of the patient’s hip, but these images are only useful in helping the surgeon create a preoperative plan, not execute it. intellijoint HIP™ provides surgeons with 3D information intraoperatively, helping them with proper implant selection, positioning, and alignment that ultimately improves accuracy in achieving preoperative targets.

Aided by intellijoint HIP™, orthopedic surgeons no longer have to ‘eye ball’ or manually position hip implants, as the device enhances placement precision and minimizes the risk of joint instability, which can lead to additional negative consequences for the patient such as dislocation and leg length discrepancy.  intellijoint HIP is safe, fast, accurate and seamlessly integrates with surgeons’ workflows. It is affordable and does not impact operating room time. Additionally, intellijoint HIP™ gives surgeons greater confidence to recommend hip replacement surgery, as the risk for revision hip surgery may be lowered.

Intellijoint Surgical is aware of the huge capital expenses hospitals incur in surgical procedures and, as such, the company does not demand a large upfront capital investment for intellijoint HIP™. Intellijoint Surgical has a pay-per-use model, with manageable fees that do not require C-level executive approvals. The approvals can be obtained from the Operating Room Manager.

“Intellijoint Surgical has demonstrated the long-term viability and impact of its core technology through its innovative new product in hip replacement. It is a great pleasure to recognize Intellijoint Surgical for developing a technology that allows all orthopedic surgeons to benefit from computer-assisted surgery and deliver improved outcomes for their patients,” said Krishna Srinivasan, global president and managing partner, Frost & Sullivan.

For its utility in enhancing the efficiency of orthopedic surgeries and reducing hospital costs, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present Intellijoint Surgical with the 2015 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a pioneering technology that not only enhances current products but also enables the development of newer products and applications. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient’s technology.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Intellijoint Surgical

Intellijoint Surgical is a Waterloo-based innovative medical technology company. Founded in 2010, they develop and commercialize miniaturized surgical smart tools that enhance surgeon accuracy, increase hospital economic efficiencies, and improve patient outcomes. The company’s R&D team is led by the former co-founder of Medtronic’s computer assisted surgery division, and driven by a team of renowned orthopedic surgeons:  Drs. Allan Gross and David Backstein in Toronto, Dr. Wayne Paprosky in Chicago, Dr. Javad Parvizi in Philadelphia and Drs. Michael Cross and Ran Schwarzkopf in New York.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Intellijoint Surgical Receives FDA Clearance for the Next Generation of intellijoint HIP™

A Miniature Surgical Smart Tool for Cup Position, Leg Length, and Offset in Hip Replacement Surgery

WATERLOO, ON–(Marketwired – January 07, 2016) – Intellijoint Surgical Inc., a privately held Canadian medical technology company committed to developing and commercializing miniature surgical smart tools, announces today that it has been awarded US Food and Drug Administration clearance for the next generation of intellijioint HIP™. Cup position (inclination and anteversion) is now provided, in addition to the original leg length, offset, and change in hip center measurements.

“With the previous generation of the product, our use showed improved accuracy and precision of implant selection without a significant expense or impact on OR time,” said Dr. Wayne Paprosky, professor and widely published orthopaedic surgeon at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. “The new generation of intellijoint HIP provides surgeons with additional critical implant alignment measurements including cup inclination and anteversion, which will be a potential game changer of how hip surgery is performed in the US.”

intellijoint HIP can assist in the prevention of recurrent instability, hip dislocation and leg length discrepancy and may expedite decision-making and improve accuracy in achieving preoperative planned targets, ultimately improving patient satisfaction and healthcare economics.

“Intellijoint was founded in 2010 with the vision of developing and commercializing an innovative technology that is capable of providing real time 3D surgical measurement data, without adding significant time, expense or complexity to surgery,” says Armen Bakirtzian, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Intellijoint Surgical. “Now, with FDA clearance ofintellijoint HIP, we’ve realized this vision and are ready to bring its benefits to the largest market in the world.”

Intellijoint’s core technology represents the latest in miniature 3D surgical measurement within the sterile field. intellijoint HIP is the first of many products to benefit from this new novel core technology. It is safe, fast, accurate, and precise. intellijoint HIP‘s compatibility with the majority of implant vendors, paired with its cost-effectiveness, opens accessibility of computer-assisted surgery to all orthopaedic surgeons.

About Intellijoint Surgical Inc.

Intellijoint Surgical is a Waterloo-based innovative medical technology company. Founded in 2010, they develop and commercialize miniaturized surgical smart tools that enhance surgeon accuracy, increase hospital economic efficiencies, and improve patient outcomes. The company’s R&D team is led by the former co-founder of Medtronic’s computer assisted surgery division, and driven by a team of renowned orthopaedic surgeons: Drs. Allan Gross and David Backstein in Toronto, Dr. Wayne Paprosky in Chicago, Dr. Javad Parvizi in Philadelphia and Drs. Michael Cross and Ran Schwarzkopf in New York.