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Rick Hansen Institute announces initiative to support commercialization of promising technologies at the upcoming Interdependence 2012

Rick Hansen Institute announces initiative to support commercialization of promising technologies at the upcoming Interdependence 2012


January 31, 2012 - Applications are now being accepted for the Rick Hansen Institute Emerging Company Showcase, scheduled to take place at Interdependence 2012 Global SCI Conference, May 15-17, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.


The Rick Hansen Institute is providing emerging companies, seeking financing for an innovation related to accelerating progress to a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury or innovations that will improve the lives of those living with SCI, the opportunity to pitch their company and innovation to the delegation at Interdependence 2012.

Four companies, identified by a selection committee comprised of investors with experience in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, will give a ten minute presentation in this session. Each ten minute presentation will be followed by five minutes of Q&A.

The RHI Emerging Company Showcase will serve as the launch of the RHI’s commercialization strategy, including the SCI Global Investment Forum. In addition to the presentations by the five company representatives, Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute, will present RHI’s commercialization strategy and planned initiatives. Session sponsored by Gowlings.

Application Criteria

Applicants to the Emerging Company Showcase must meet the following criteria:

  • Privately held and has not been incorporated for more than five years, with the possible exception of businesses that are substantially changing their business model or business direction.
  • All persons are of the legal age of majority in B.C. or if not are represented or accompanied as appropriate by someone of the legal age of majority in B.C.
  • While a person can participate on one or more teams or submissions, they are not the lead for more than one team or submission.
  • The Participant has raised less than $500,000 of equity financing from “outside investors” (i.e. investors other than friends, family and company founders) for the submission as of the date of entry in the Showcase, unless otherwise approved by Interdependence 2012 organizers.

Click here for an application package or for more information about the Application Submission & Selection Process, please contact: John Barclay  ()


Call for Applications Open January 31, 2012
Application Deadline March 31, 2012
Review of Applications by Selection Committee April, 2012
Notification of Decision Late April/Early May, 2012

About the Rick Hansen Institute

The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. It does this by leading the collaboration of researchers, health care professionals and service providers across Canada and internationally. RHI has matched leadership and research collaboration with government funding to facilitate one of the largest interdisciplinary spinal cord injury research programs in the world. For more information, please visit:


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The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. We strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world.

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