2018.08.30PolyU’s School of Nursing organises the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy 2018

Dr Ian Schoonbaert and Dr Matthew Church from Montane Medical, W21C, University of Calgary, Canada, clutch the championship of the GHIA with their project titled “Multifunctional Video Laryngoscope”. Dr Pierre Maudens from KYLYS and Dr Olivier Jordan from KYLYS and The School of Pharmacy, University of Geneva, Switzerland, win the First Runner-up, with their project titled “HA Pearls”.Dr Warren Lee and Dr Xiao-Yan Wen (in absentia) from Keenan Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Canada, win the Second Runner-up, with their project titled “Discovery of Novel Drugs for Severe Influenza”.

The School of Nursing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) hosted a global competition “Global Health Innovation Academy (GHIA)” this week -- the first time the event being held in Asia. The GHIA this year shortlisted 13 healthcare innovations from Switzerland, Canada and Hong Kong for final presentation held on 29-30 August 2018 on PolyU campus in Hong Kong.

The theme of the GHIA this year was “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Society”. The three winners will be awarded cash awards of HK$210,000 in total. The overarching goal of GHIA, a global scientific and business pitch competition, is to provide a platform that allows entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals at any level to identify, nurture and pioneer innovations in the health system.

Other than PolyU, the partners of GHIA this year are: Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine; Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; O’Brien Institute of Public Health, University of Calgary; W21C, University of Calgary; and St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. All involved organising partners hosted local innovation contests to select the best teams in their regions for entering the finals to compete for the championship — the Innovation for Health Award of Excellence — at the GHIA 2018 in Hong Kong.

Speaking at the kick-off ceremony of GHIA 2018, Chair Professor and Head of PolyU’s School of Nursing, Professor Alex Molasiotis, said, “The significance of GHIA has grown noticeably over the years. I am glad to see more new project ideas have been developed to offer creative solutions for today’s challenges and to enhance the living condition of the targeted users. The competition is now very well-received by the industry from healthcare institutions, hospitals and universities both locally and internationally.”

The Jury Panel eventually picked today (30 August) the following winners for the Innovation Awards of the GHIA 2018:

Champion

Project Title: Multifunctional Video Laryngoscope

Project Leader: Dr Ian Schoonbaert and Dr Matthew Church from Montane Medical, W21C, University of Calgary, Canada

First Runner-up

Project Title: HA Pearls

Project Leader: Dr Pierre Maudens from KYLYS and Dr Olivier Jordan from KYLYS and The School of Pharmacy, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Second Runner-up

Project Title: Discovery of Novel Drugs for Severe Influenza

Project Leader: Dr Warren Lee and Dr Xiao-Yan Wen from Keenan Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Canada

In addition to the scientific and investment pitch competition, the two-day event also featured innovation showcases and talks on healthcare innovations in different parts of the world. The keynote speakers included: Mr Low Cheaw Hwei, Head of Design, Philips in Asia & Head of Government and Public Affairs, Philips in Singapore; Ms Sophia Chan-Yap, CEO and Co-Founder, Path of Victors; and Ms Debra Meiburg MW, Director, Meiburg Wine Media Ltd.

About GHIA 2018

Initially developed by leading healthcare organisations in Geneva, Switzerland, GHIA has grown into an international collaboration between Switzerland, Canada, and Hong Kong. The international event is to provide a platform that allows entrepreneurs, academics and healthcare professionals to showcase and promote their healthcare innovations, as well as to exchange ideas that benefit medical and healthcare sciences.

For more information, please visit http://www.ghiaevent.com/

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Press Contacts

Miss Helen Hsu

Communications Manager, School of Nursing

Email(852) 2766 4129
Emailhelen.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
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