Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Current Projects

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Alberta Innovates’ Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) suite of programs provide a coordinated series of enabling mechanisms to support innovators along their health technology commercialization journey from ideation to leading. Below you will find a list of current projects supported under the AICE programs.

Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts Program

The Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts Program is designed to enable and accelerate early-stage innovators along the commercialization client journey from ideating to conceptualizing across four domains of commercialization.  The first stream addresses three priority areas within precision health. The table below contains details of eleven leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects. The projects in concert aim to optimize clinical decisions and maximize health benefits by accelerating the commercialization of health technologies. Total value for all eleven projects is ~ $11 million with ~ $5.7 million (51%) contributed from Alberta Innovates. Projects will run from March 2021 to June 2024.

Lead Applicant AICE Stream Project Title Contact Award Amount
Cathy Lu, MD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts Proteomic Biomarkers and Intestinal Ultrasound; Innovative Tools to Differentiate Fibrostenotic from Inflammatory Crohn’s Disease Website $436,261
Dominic Sauvageau, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts Mediation of gut microbiomes with ghost phages as alternatives to antibiotics Website $451,000
Gerald Zamponi, PhD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts A new therapeutic target for precision treatment of chronic pain Website $600,000
John Lewis, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts Personalized Cancer Vaccines using the Fusogenix Genetic Medicines Platform Website $600,000
Kumaradevan Punithakumar, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts Advancing Cardiac Disease Diagnosis with Robotic Multiview Echocardiography Fusion and Machine Learning Website $600,000
Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts BiomeBLOOM – Digital bedside technology to detect healthy microbiome maturation in premature infants Website $600,000


Peter Salat, MD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts Opportunistic Screening of Subject-Specific Fracture Risk Website $353,616
Roger Zemp, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts Next Generation Ultrafast 3D Ultrasound Array Technology for Automated Cardiovascular Screening Website $600,000


Shabir Barzanjeh PhD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts Quantum Scanner for Biomedical Diagnostics Website $600,000


Steven Greenway, MD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts Aorta-specific methylation patterns in cell-free DNA for the non-invasive diagnosis of aortopathy in humans Website $217,949
Yunyan Zhang, MD, PhD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts A novel machine learning framework for optimizing personalized treatment decisions in multiple sclerosis Website $599,759

Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Market Access Program

The Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Market Access Program accelerates health innovations that face evidentiary hurdles in achieving market access. The Program supports small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and real-world testing sites (Testing Sites) in carrying out clinical trials, feasibility studies or real-world trials to fast-track commercial progression and market adoption.

Main Project Partners  AICE Stream  Project Title  Award Value and Date  
Clinisys EMR and

University of Alberta 

AICE-ABH  $125,000 

August 1, 2019 

Karma Manufacturing and

University of Alberta 

AICE-MAP $150,000 

November 1, 2019 

Mikata Health Inc. and 

Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network 

AICE-MAP  $237,795 

January 13, 2020 

Hanalytics and 

M.A.G.I.C. Clinic 

AICE-MAP    $269,704 

May 25, 2020 and  

Westview Physician Collaborative 

AICE-MAP  $300,000 

June 1, 2020 

Pacylex Pharmaceuticals and 

Cross Cancer Institute 

AICE-MAP  $300,000 

June 1, 2020 

Forest Devices and 

Alberta Health Services 

AICE-MAP  $300,000 

August 19, 2020 

Kent Imaging and  

SerenaGroup Research Institute 

AICE-MAP  $253,000 

September 1, 2020