The Montreal General Hospital is launching a new health tech incubator after it received a $2 million donation from National Bank of Canada.
The new Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP) comes as a joint effort by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation (MGHF) and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). CLIP’s mission will be to support “innovative solutions to unmet clinical needs and accelerate the adoption of technologies into the market and healthcare system.”
Jean-Guy Gourdeau, the CEO of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation (MGHF), said that health care startups will benefit from CLIP through developing their ideas, protecting intellectual property, establishing a pathway for regulatory approval, building prototypes and validating their technology.
The organizations say CLIP’s hospital-based ecosystem will facilitate “unprecedented access” to clinical facilities, expertise, and research labs to validate technologies in a real health care environment. This access includes proximity to clinics, operating rooms, laboratories, and pre clinical facilities.
“Our vision with CLIP was to address unmet clinical needs identified by clinicians and solve them by technology, in partnership with engineers,” said CLIP’s clinical director, Dr. Gerald Fried. “The opening of CLIP today is the culmination of that dream that we’ve had for many years. CLIP is an environment where clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs can interact and collaborate to improve the care of our patients.”
Researchers, grad students and startups interested in joining can visit the website.