Health at the heart of Quebec start-ups innovations

May 31, 2022, 07:27

Article written by
Sophie Bernard.

Since the arrival of COVID-19, we haven’t talked much about digital health. However, companies have been developing platforms and applications since before the pandemic began. Interest has only grown since then. During the National Bank Demo Day of the Qubec Consortium of High-Tech Incubators, we discovered six great projects seeking funding: Braver, Lime Sant, Living Safe, Neuro Solutions Group, Paperlane Therapeutics and TherAppX. The morning organized in the Z Atrium of Maison Alcan was led by journalist Jean-Philippe Dcarie.

Jean-Philippe Dcarie.Photo: Arnaud Perron-Bouchard


Physiotherapist through training and co-founder of Braver, Mari-Lou Gagnon explained how the developed solution makes it possible to overcome the challenges of networked health when the communication tools used are often outdated and ineffective. To get into the post-fax era, the team developed a secure, cross-platform application that empowers professionals to be more accessible and collaborate more effectively so they can better help their patients. “It needs network, strategy and customers,” he explains. The wheel has begun and we already have partnerships. The start-up is in the rounding of funding for $ 2 million.

Lime Sant

The health care system is a journey full of pitfalls, just think of waiting lists. Lime Sant has designed a platform that allows citizens to participate in their governance by providing their feedback to health professionals. To do this, here is what Francis Robichaud, founder of Lime Sant, explained: “We are becoming the Sherpa of the patient”. Lime Sant offers digital solutions to hospitals, giving them the ability to measure the patient experience in real time.


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

Neuro Solutions Group

Children living with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty expressing themselves. A former professional in the video game industry, Annie Martineau launched the Neuro Solutions Group in 2017 with the goal of providing fun tools for kids and parents. The game “Kairos the heroes of time” offers children the freedom to use it in their work and on their side, parents are able to follow the evolution of their child and return the results to health professionals. .

Paperplane Therapeutics

Studies have shown that virtual reality and video games can help children reduce pain, anxiety and memory pain, says Jean-Simon Fortin, a physician by practice and president of Paperplane Therapeutics, a start-ups that produce therapeutic games DREAM and IMAGINE, each clinically developed. Paperplane has implemented a turnkey SaaS model. The company is in the process of raising a round of seed funding.


In Canada, there are 258,000 health applications, making it difficult for patients. Every day, pharmacists are asked by their customers which application to choose. Michael Cardinal, technical director of start-up TherAppX, knows about this because he himself is a pharmacist. Therefore, the team developed the TherAppX Review solution, a standardized review process that aims to effectively identify relevant tools in the market. It is intended to be equivalent to the application of CPS, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties.

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