Skin and Wound Care Innovations Symposium: taking ideas to launch


October 22, 2012 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6

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The aim of this event is to highlight the work of several pioneering scientists and entrepreneurs whose work involves exploring innovative new ways to understand, prevent and treat wounds.

Many of history’s earliest known images depict people suffering and dying from wounds. As the largest organ in the body, the skin services to protect and regulate the body in a variety of ways and is the first line of defense against injury and disease.
Despite tremendous advances in science and technology, the question of how to prevent and treat injury to the skin remains a constant challenge. Blood loss through the skin is still one of the leading causes of death in traumatic situations. At the same time, today’s aging population and a rising number of people living with chronic diseases which impact the body’s ability to heal means that more and more people are living with wounds that heal slowly or not at all.

How are we meeting these challenges? Do we need to rethink the ways we understand wounds?

What happens when a researcher has a great idea about how to prevent or treat a wound? How do innovators take a contemporary thinking and concept development and launch it to benefit those that need it?


  • review discovery and new product development processes experienced by local companies
  • explore contemporary effective treatments for healing physical, psychological, and spiritual wounds
  • network with professionals involved in wound healing or wound care issues

Who should attend?

  • Health and allied health care professionals, NAs, LPNs, RNs, NPs, physicians, podiatrists, pharmacists, dietitians, nutritionists, therapists, procurement officers, emergency medical services personnel, complementary health professionals, senior serving organization representatives, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, procurement officers, health organization representatives and students (nursing, business, and science)

Conference Highlights

  • David Knighton MD, keynote presenter is one of the world’s leading authorities on wound healing, an accomplished surgeon, an award-winning entrepreneur and author of “The Wisdom of the Healing Wound”
  • Local companies successful in launching new wound care products will highlight their discovery process.
  • Networking and educational opportunities will be available with vendors hosting Trade Booths.


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* Program starts promptly at 8:30 am. Please plan to arrive prior to 8:00 am for parking access and to check in.

7:30 – 8:30 am*

Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker: David Knighton, MD - Curative Technologies Inc.
Wisdom from Wounds: contemporary thinking, practice and product development


We will explore the magnificent symphony of cells, signals, and environments that influence physical wounding and healing and drive our clinical care of acute and chronic wounds. Similarities and lessons for emotional and spiritual healing sparked the creative thinking which led to the discovery and development of the wound care system that became Curative Technologies Inc.

9:30 – 10:30 amCarla Spina, PhD – Exciton Technologies Inc.
ExsaltTM Wound Dressings – advanced silver technology
 Exciton Technologies Inc. is an Alberta Research and Development Company dedicated to the creation of advanced technology solutions to infection-control problems. Commercially designed and manufactured in Edmonton, Alberta, exsaltTM Wound Dressings provide the health care industry with a uniquely powerful wound care solution.
10:30 – 11:00 am
11:00 – 12:00 noonIan Atkinson, PhD – Innovative Trauma Care
The lessons learned in a startup making a medical device
 Innovative Trauma Care is an early stage medical device company addressing unmet needs in the field of emergency medicine. The ITClamp™ addresses massive hemorrhage – a leading cause of death in traumatic injury – by controlling critical bleeding in less than 3 seconds. The clamping device works by sealing the skin closed to create a temporary pool of blood under pressure, which forms a stable clot until the wound can be surgically repaired.
12:00 – 12:45 pmLunch/Exhibits

Lunch is provided – assorted salads, fruit and a beverage – no substitutions. Those with dietary restrictions may choose alternatives for purchase on campus. 
12:45 – 1:45 pmKarl Schilling, MBA – Xsensor Technology Corporation
Monitoring Technology

In response to the issue of hospital acquired pressure ulcers, prevention leaders and mattress manufacturers expressed interest in a technology to consistently show interface pressures. This led to the research and development of The ForeSite PT system which allows caregivers to continually monitor persistent pressures and provides the information needed to execute an effective patient turn regime.

1:45 – 2:45 pmBreanne Everett, MD – Orpyx Medical Technologies
An overview of the SurroSense Rx and SurroGait Rx devices: a novel approach to neuropathic and pressure ulcer wound care prevention
 The patented SurroSense Rx is a high-tech, pressure-sensing insole and wristband that tells the user when damage is being done to the feet. The product is designed to mitigate diabetic foot complications, such as ulceration, infection and amputation.
2:45 – 3:00 pm


3:00 – 3:50 pm

“Ask the Expert” Question and Answer period

3:50 – 4:00 pm




Fee:  $99 plus GST.  To register click here

Parking and Directions

The symposium will be held in the Ross Glen Hall located in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning which is situated on the east side of Mount Royal University’s campus.

Ross Glen Hall
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Parking is available in the East Gate Parkade (Fee: $12/day).

Parking Map highlighting the parkade and location of the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.


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