Four Atlantic Canadian medtech companies will present their cancer care solutions virtually during the first Health Challenge Pitch Event on Friday, June 19 at 12pm. In partnership with Nova Scotia Health Authority, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, QEII Foundation, and BioNova, one medical technology company working to enhance cancer care will receive $100,000 and their technology will be considered for adoption by the NSHA. 

This event is the first of five virtual pitch competitions focusing on health innovation, with topics differing at each event to focus on a health priority identified by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The competition was created to drive innovation in the medtech space and encourage the adoption of technologies that exist to improve the accuracy and level of care medical practitioners require to make concise, life-saving diagnoses and treatments for patients in Atlantic Canada. 

The four companies that will be pitching virtually on Friday, June 19 include: 

● Picomole Inc. 

● DMF Medical Inc. 

● Densitas 

● Adaptiiv Medical Technologies Inc. 

Pitches will be 10 minutes in length, followed by five minutes for the judges to ask questions. The event is taking place via videoconference and begins at 12pm on Friday, June 19. 

Those interested in watching are encouraged to register for the event on Eventbrite. Upcoming pitch topics will be announced in the coming weeks on our social media channels and website. 


“Cancer is a disease that impacts so many of us, and it is inspiring to see strong leadership and innovation in cancer research from Atlantic Canadian medtech companies. I am confident these companies will continue to have a positive impact on patient care across our region.”  – Martha Casey, Volta Interim CEO, and COO 

“The Health Innovation Challenge is meant to stimulate not only greater collaboration and engagement with our medtech partners, but to encourage those of us in the health system to problem solve in a different way. This competition represents a change in our approach to how we view partnerships in our health care system and health innovation.”  – Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and CNE, Nova Scotia Health Authority 

“BioNova has provided early support and leadership to all of the finalist companies which has accelerated their growth, making them strong candidates for the Health Challenge.” – Scott Moffitt, Executive Director, BioNova 

“The QEII Foundation has a long-standing history of supporting cancer care priorities at the QEII – funding lifesaving clinics, equipment, treatment advancements and research. It is exciting to be part of finding innovative solutions to cancer care treatments for patients who need it most.” – Bill Bean, President and CEO, QEII Foundation 

About Volta Volta (formerly Volta Labs) is one of Canada’s largest innovation hubs, located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Volta is creating a space where members of the Atlantic Canadian innovation ecosystem can work, connect and learn from one another by accessing co-working space, participating in programs and attending events. Volta has been home to more than 50 startups through their Residency program, which have created more than 300 jobs and raised a combined total of $60-million in equity financing. 

About Nova Scotia Health Authority Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards. 

About BioNova BioNova leads the development of Health and Life Sciences in Nova Scotia. Our industry-led sector growth plan, BioFuture 2030, has made us the fastest growing sector in Atlantic Canada. We represent over 100 companies in Nova Scotia who have raised over $65 million in investment dollars since the beginning of 2020. 

About QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation The QEII Foundation inspires generosity to advance health care at the QEII. With financial support from all levels of the community, the QEII Foundation helps fund new technologies, medical research, innovation and professional education that contribute to life-changing moments experienced every day by patients and their loved ones. By working together with people who share a vision of better health, the Foundation strengthens care delivered at the QEII, improving the health and lives of Atlantic Canadians. About the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, ACOA is building a stronger economy. For more information, please visit

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