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August 31, 2011

Canadian Government Invests $349,000 for Injury-Preventing Technology for Soldiers

The government of Canada has invested a huge amount to develop a technology that can help Canadian soldiers prevent muscle and bone injuries from carrying heavy combat gear during field operations. The funding was announced recently for Quebec-based B-Temia Inc. by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry.

"Our country's prosperity is fundamentally linked to science and technology and the innovative technologies that Canadian firms bring to life," said Minister Paradis, in a statement. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support new technologies that will protect our soldiers' health and well-being."

According to Minister Paradis, National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program will fund $349,500 to B-Temia Inc., a private medical technology company, to develop its "Dermoskeleton" project, which will produce wearable protective equipment for soldiers during on-the-move operations. Patented by the company as a "dermoskeleton," the equipment could potentially prevent musculoskeletal injuries and maintain soldier mobility which is otherwise threatened while carrying heavy loads.

"We've been hearing over and over again about the challenges caused by overloading soldiers, from both an operational and economic standpoint" said Stephane Bedard, President and CEO of B-Temia Inc. "This partnership with the NRC will allow us to address these challenges and simultaneously support Canadian foreign exchange through global commercialization."

B-Temia Inc. develops and markets products in the human augmentation systems market, particularly to defense and security as well as healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and Europe. With these applications in mind, B-Temia Inc. aims to create annual increases in R&D positions within its organization. By integrating sciences, product development and marketing associated to the field of biomechatronics, B-TEMIA provides innovative human enhancement/augmentation systems that increase strength and endurance as well as reduce load carriage injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders, reclaim bodily capabilities lost due to illness or injury, prevention of injury-related musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation of joint-related pathologies.

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Rahul Arora is a HealthTechZone contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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