CTV Edmonton News Carmen Leibel shares Kirstin Hubert's story and speaks of local #yeg exsalt wound dressings by Exciton Technologies - Innovation for clinical options in wound care and burns.   Alberta provincial health care professionals now have access to order the exsalt wound dressings through Alberta Health Services. Any Canadian retail and health centre pharmacy can bring in stock for direct patient purchase through the Canadian national distributor, Cardinal Health Canada 

"Foot ulcers affect an estimated 15 to 25 percent of people with diabetes. For some, amputation is the eventual solution.   Between 2011 and 2012, one-third of amputations in Alberta were performed on people with a diabetic foot wound."

Read about Kirstin Hubert, 38, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old, has gastric neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy in her hands and feet.

Read about a dedicated wound nurse, Marlene Varga, who was assigned to care for Hubert, used a new kind of silver bandage,the Exsalt™ wound dressing.   Quoting article, "Exsalt™ contains less silver than other silver bandages, making it safer, less painful, and  less expensive to manufacture.  Another advantage it has over bandages with higher silver content is that it won’t discolour the skin..."  Read why this matters in the patient's  perspective.  

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Read why a local Alberta researched & manufactured wound dressing is not widely available within Alberta Health Services (AHS). 

Read how Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions (AIHS) wants to change that through its new funding program, Accelerating Innovation Into Care (AICE). Working with several partners, including Alberta Health Services’ Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) to pave a pathway for adoption.

Read here: TESTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR BETTER CARE

2016 STARTUP CANADA AWARD WINNERS – PRAIRIES

Startup Canada announced the 2016 Startup Canada Award regional winners. These winners are nation-builders inspiring the next generation of game changers, disruptors, and innovative leaders. They demonstrate that taking risks, disrupting industries, and supporting one another are pathways to a successful future for all Canadians.

 

Exciton Technologies energies and dedication to advanced the future of wound, burn and infection control globally was proudly awarded at the StartUp Canada Awards 2016.   We are proud to be one of Canada's innovators and entrepreneurs working to build a better tomorrow!  Thank you.

FOR ENTREPRENEUR-LED BUSINESSES DEMONSTRATING EXCELLENCE 

STARTUP CANADA INNOVATION AWARD, PRESENTED BY INTUIT CANADA WINNER: Exciton Technologies Inc.

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Exciton Technologies Inc., creator of the patented infection-fighting Silver Oxysalts technology, has made a pivotal turn to profitability through expansion of its license agreement with Crawford Healthcare Ltd., the UK's fastest growing wound care company. Exciton has been working with Crawford since 2013 but, following what Crawford calls "a dramatic market response to the use of this patented technology in both the US and the UK," the companies have now expanded to an exclusive global arrangement for a broader range of products. Commenting on the deal, Crawford's Healthcare CEO, Richard Anderson said, "We now have an unrivalled antimicrobial platform to tackle the issue of secondary infections faced by clinicians the world over."

Read full news press release: Expands Global Licensing Agreement and Manufacturing Facilities  March 8, 2016

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Exciton partnered with the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) for research and technical expertise to help expand the Edmonton-based company’s core technology platform: Ag Oxysalts™. Exciton’s proprietary technology leverages the antimicrobial properties of silver to create innovative, cost effective and safe products to prevent bacterial growth and the spread of infections. 

The Ag Oxysalts™ polymer composites developed by Exciton and NINT have numerous technical and marketing advantages. The new formulations enhance stability which results in a longer shelf life and the process to create the composites enables access to a larger number of medical substrates. By incorporating new materials and delivery platforms, Exciton now has much larger and global market access.

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