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Deep Space Healthcare Challenge

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ADGA Group Consultants Inc.

AI-Powered Virtual Medical Assistant

ADGA proposes to develop a Virtual Assistant designed to provide healthcare practitioners with AI-enabled guidance for the purpose of performing live medical procedures, or obtaining JIT training.


Lensless Microscopy Diagnostic Platform

Alentic has developed a proprietary lensless microscopy-based handled diagnostic platform that simultaneously performs multiple blood tests from single pinprick blood samples by untrained users.

Applications MD


EZResus, a mobile application for resuscitation that supports people in the field

Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii)

Development of an Autonomous and Tele-operable Medical Robot for Ultra Rapid Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Cancers and Other Needlescopic Interventions

We will build an autonomous robotic system capable of screening, point of care diagnosis and treatment of early cancers that can be operated remotely or with no human interaction, when required.

AI-powered Solution for Dermatology for Primary Care Practices in Remote Communities

Autonomous AI-driven software and an imaging device attachable to a smartphone for remote monitoring and diagnosis of skin conditions under remote supervision of a specialized dermatologist.

LightX Innovations Inc.

LightX Innovations – Vision diagnostics

LightX is an innovative medical tool for artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostics and a platform that opens telemedicine to the field of eye care and ophthalmology.


SieVRt Cardiac

An extended reality platform for remote radiology and the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiovascular disease.

McMaster University

Heart-Tracker: A wearable platform for real-time monitoring of cardiac markers in interstitial fluid

We propose to develop a wearable patch with non-invasive microneedles that will monitor cardiac biomarkers in interstitial fluid in real-time and could later be used to monitor other key biomarkers.

Neursantys Inc.

NEURVESTA: Remote management of neurovestibular and sensorimotor disruptions

The NEURVESTA wearable device enables remote detection and correction of neurovestibular and sensorimotor disruptions caused by aging, injuries, disease, and exposure to microgravity environments.

Optican Systems Inc.

The OptiScan Near Infrared Probe for real-time Health Monitoring

The OptiScan is handheld diffuse optical Near-Infrared probe for breast cancer detection. It can also be utilized to identify areas of hypoperfusion in cardiovascular disease and assess bone loss.

Pelican MRI

Ultralight MRI for Remote and Isolated Communities

We will build robust ultralight head size MRIs to start with, moving to ultralight body size MRIs as we gain experience; our MRIs are easily 10 times lighter than existing MRIs.


Saving Lives One Scan at a Time: An Artificial Intelligence-Powered Ultrasound Guidance and Analysis Tool to Predict Stroke Risk

Our artificial intelligence-powered software guides healthcare providers in performing high-quality ultrasound exams of the neck arteries, and automatically quantifies key measures of stroke risk.



A compact pulsed near-infrared light probe for non-invasive imaging of the spaces between the skull and the brain to improve the diagnosis of brain injuries.

Sonoscope Inc

Hands-free automated ultrasound diagnosis module

We are developing an automated data acquisition technology to enable quick, effective intervention by personnel who do not have advanced medical training.

Swift Medical

Pocketable, Skin and Wound Diagnostic and Monitoring Solution

Pocketable, early detection and diagnostic solution that enables patients and frontline healthcare providers to autonomously identify, manage and monitor skin/wound conditions in remote communities.


Autonomous, Comfortable, Health-Sensing and Therapy MarsWear Apparel For Deep Space and Remote Terrestrial Applications

MarsWear intelligent apparel with embedded sensors detect joint movements, muscles and physiological parameters for creating remote personalized health diagnosis and therapy feedback.

Tidal Medical

Remote Detection of Respiratory and Cardiac Pathology using a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Wearable

Tidal Medical has developed a wearable remote diagnostic and management tool that assesses respiratory and cardiac function using a non-invasive, non-ionizing imaging modality.

Université de Montréal

SPRINT - Surface plasmon resonance intelligent nanosensor technology

Our proposal is to develop a versatile, miniature technology to detect biological markers (proteins and antibodies) in urine and blood for medical monitoring.

University of New Brunswick

An electrochemical sensor for rapid cancer biomarker detection

We aim to exploit portable an electrochemical biosensor platform for rapid, point-of-care screening of selected cancer biomarkers.

Wosler Corp.

Autonomous Diagnostic Ultrasound Services in Deep Space and Remote Communities.

We are developing an autonomous solution to enable patients in remote communities and in deep space to have access to diagnostic quality ultrasound, and to address the problem of sonographer shortage.

Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • Businesses or other for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada;
  • Not-for-profit organizations registered in Canada;
  • Indigenous organizations and groups located in Canada;
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions located in Canada; and
  • Individuals or groups of individuals located in Canada.

Individuals or groups of individuals are encouraged to submit an application, but will be required to establish a Canadian legal entity in order to be eligible to receive prizes.


  • Up to 20 prizes of $30,000 open to all eligible innovators submitting a Stage 1 concept application
  • Up to 5 Prizes of $350,000 open to all Semi-Finalists participating in Stage 2
  • Grand Prize of $500,000 open to all Finalists participating in Stage 3

Note: The number of winners and prize amounts may vary depending on the applications received. For each stage, prize amounts will not be less than the amount per winner indicated above.

Key Dates

  • Stage 1 – Design Report Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Up to 20 Semi-Finalists Announced: April 2022
  • Stage 2 – Proof-of-concept Deadline: January 2023
  • Up to 5 Finalists Announced: April 2023
  • Stage 3 – Prototype Demonstration Deadline: Fall 2023
  • Grand Prize Winner Announced: Spring 2024