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 serves to advance early-stage health research that demonstrates high commercial potential in priority areas of precision health.  AICE-Concepts enables innovators to accelerate their journey across four domains of commercialization: Product development, business readiness, product-market fit, and regulatory compliance.

2023 Investments

The table below contains investment results for five Alberta-based researchers and one Alberta-based small-medium enterprise. Total value for all six projects is ~$4.5 million with ~$3 million contributed from Alberta Innovates. Projects will run from February 2023 to January 2026. 

Lead Applicant  AICE Stream  Project Title  Contact  Award Amount 
Amin Komeili,
PhD, UCalgary 
AICE-Concepts  A Data Driven Human Assistive Device for Knee Rehabilitation  Website  $511,000 
Edmond Lou, PhD, UAlberta  AICE-Concepts  Applying Artificial Intelligence on Ultrasound and Surface Topography Images Combined with Spinal Bone Quality to Predict Progression of Scoliosis  Website  $586,000 
Larry Unsworth, PhD, UAlberta  AICE-Concepts  Developing diagnostic and prognostic clinical tools for chronic kidney disease patients  Website  $599,618 
Manisha Gupta, PhD, UAlberta  AICE-Concepts  Biosensor development for detection and monitoring of neurological conditions in diabetic patients  Website  $600,000 
Peter Stys, MD, UCalgary  AICE-Concepts  Machine-Learning-Assisted Spectroscopic Fluorescence Urinalysis for Intelligent Diagnosis of Misfolded Protein Disorders  Website  $598,000 

OKAKI Health Intelligence Inc. Salim Samanani, MD  

AICE-Concepts  GAITLY – Deep learning-based gait and balance assessment application  Website  $200,000 

2022 Investments

The table below contains information about the eight leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects. Total value for all eight projects is nearly $7.5 million with ~ $4.5 million contributed from Alberta Innovates. Projects will run from February 2022 to January 2025.

Lead Applicant AICE Stream Project Title Contact Award Amount
Aravind Ganesh,
MD, UCalgary
AICE-Concepts Automated Remote Image-guided Diagnosis and Risk Stratification of Carotid Disease for Stroke prevention


Website $600,000
Jacob Jaremko,
MD, PhD, UAlberta
AICE-Concepts Basic echo: point-of-care ultrasound assessment of cardiac function using artificial intelligence


Website $591,000
John Lewis, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts An Integrated Extracellular Vesicle Biomarker and Machine Learning Approach to Diagnosing Bladder Cancer


Website $600,000
Joon Lee,
PhD, UCalgary
AICE-Concepts Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and the APPROACH Registry to Transform Coronary Artery Disease Patient Care


Website $600,000
Kara Nerenberg, MD, UCalgary AICE-Concepts IMPROVE-Virtual HEALTH (Healthy Eating and Active Living through Technology @ Home) For MOMS


Website $572,185
Lawrence Le, PhD, UAlberta AICE-Concepts Intraoral Ultrasound Fusion of Dento-Periodontal Complex for Diagnosis of Periodontal Diseases and Personalized Treatment


Website $600,000
Puneeta Tandon,
MD, UAlberta
AICE-Concepts The creation of a home-based digital solution to diagnose functional decline and inform tailored lifestyle prescriptions for patients with catabolism-prone chronic diseases


Website $598,394
Richard Fahlman,
PhD, UAlberta
AICE-Concepts Rapid Testing for Myasthenia Gravis


Website $340,855

View our 2021 investments

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