Business in Vancouver magazine highlights APSC innovations

BC Innovations to Watch

Five APSC-affiliated companies have been recognized in a Business in Vancouver magazine feature titled “50 BC Innovations to Watch.”


They appear alongside powerhouses such as Lululemon and Ballard Power Systems, as well as individuals like Austin Wang, a Princeton freshman who won first prize at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work on microbial fuel cells — some of it performed in the lab of UBC engineering professor Susan Baldwin while he was a high school student in Vancouver.


Although the APSC-affiliated enterprises tackle very different challenges and are at varying stages of development, they all exemplify the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship fostered within the APSC community. The companies highlighted by Business in Vancouver are:


Arbutus Medical – The product of a collaboration between UBC biomedical engineering students and surgeons in Canada and Uganda, Arbutus Medical makes the DrillCover: a sterilizable, reusable, low-cost cover for drills that enables the use of ordinary hardware drills in surgical procedures.


ExcelSense Technologies – ExcelSense, founded by a UBC engineering grad, has developed a camera that can clean itself without using water, detergents, pumps or compressors and provides clear visuals for the life of the camera, even in the most punishing industrial conditions.


Microdermics – Formed by students and a faculty member in UBC Engineering, Microdermics offers a viable alternative to traditional hypodermic needles: a hollow, metallic microneedle platform that is scalable, customizable and cost-effective.


Moovee Innovations – Moovee is working on an “all-weather, all-time, surround, fused sensor system” that allows autonomous vehicles to gather real-time traffic, pedestrian, streetscape and other information. Several UBC Engineering researchers are involved.


Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies – Founded in 2005, Ostara uses fluidized bed reactor technology licensed from UBC to transform nutrients found in wastewater into an environmentally friendly, high-value, market-ready fertilizer.