Health at the heart of Quebec startup innovations

May 31, 2022, 07:27

Article written by
Sofia Bernard.

Since the arrival of COVID-19, we’ve never talked so much about digital health. However, companies have been developing platforms and apps since well before the pandemic began. Interest has only grown since then. During Qubec Consortium of High-Tech Incubators’ National Bank Demo Day, we were able to discover six promising projects seeking funding: Braver, Lime Sant, Living Safe, Neuro Solutions Group, Paperlane Therapeutics and TherAppX. The morning organized at Maison Alcan’s Z Atrium was presented by journalist Jean-Philippe Dcarie.

Jean-Philippe Dcarie.Photo: Arnaud Perron-Bouchard


Physiotherapist by training and co-founder of Braver, Mari-Lou Gagnon explained how the solution developed allows us to overcome the challenges of networked health when the communication tools used are often archaic and ineffective. To enter the post-fax era, the team created a secure, cross-platform application that empowers professionals to become more accessible and collaborate more effectively so they can better help their patients. “It takes a network, a strategy and customers,” she explains. The wheel has already started to turn and we already have partnerships. The start-up is in the $2 million funding round.

Lime Sant

The healthcare system is a journey full of pitfalls, just think of waiting lists. Lime Health has designed a platform that allows citizens to participate in its management by giving their feedback to health professionals. For this, Francis Robichaud, founder of Lime Sant explains: “We are becoming the patient’s Sherpas”. Lime Sant offers digital solutions for hospitals, giving them the ability to measure the patient experience in real time.

Safe life

David Landry was inspired by a real event to create Living Safe: his grandmother who lived in a nursing home fell and hit her head so hard she couldn’t call for help. She spent 12 hours on the floor. The Living Safe solution uses artificial intelligence and non-intrusive sensors. Called LISA, the platform is used to monitor the health of donkeys – there are 472,000 in Qubec today – activating alerts and status to simplify tedious administrative and clinical tasks. The young company has already installed its system in Habitations Bordeleau. It is currently in the funding round.

Neuro Solutions Group

Children living with autism spectrum disorders have difficulty expressing themselves. Former video game industry professional Annie Martineau launched Neuro Solutions Group in 2017 with the aim of providing fun tools for kids and parents. The game “Kairos the heroes of time” offers independence to children who can use it to do their routine and on their side, parents are still able to follow the evolution of their child and bring the results back to health professionals.

paper plane therapy

Studies have shown that virtual reality and video games can help children reduce pain, anxiety and pain memory, says Jean-Simon Fortin, physician-in-training and president of Paperplane Therapeutics, a start-up developing therapeutic games. DREAM and IMAGINE , each clinically developed. Paperplane implemented an out-of-the-box SaaS model. The company is in the process of raising an initial funding round.


In Canada, there are 258,000 health claims, which makes life difficult for patients. Every day, pharmacists are asked by their customers which application to choose. Michael Cardinal, technical director at start-up TherAppX, knows something about this, as he is a pharmacist himself. The team thus developed the TherAppX Review solution, a standardized review process that aims to effectively identify relevant tools on the market. It is intended to be the application equivalent of the CPS, the Compendium of Pharmacists and Specialties.

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