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2012-03-05 at 16:19

FedNor Minister makes local stop for funding announcement

By Jodi Lundmark,
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A pair of local research projects got a financial boost Monday from the federal government.

FedNor Minister Tony Clement announced about $700,000 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for two research projects Monday. The first funding announcement revolves around a medical imaging device that will allow surgeons to scan breast tumour tissue that has been removed to ensure all the cancerous tissue was removed.

Tornado Medical Systems Inc. will receive a loan of $363,348 to develop a prototype of the device. CEO Stefan Larson said instead of sending the tissue to a lab, the device will be in the operating room and surgeons will have the results in 10 minutes or less.

The device will also give surgeons more accurate results than they currently rely on.

“When we come in and tell them in that same 10 or 20 minutes we can actually give you an answer that’s going to give you clinically relevant information and allow you to make a better clinical decision, they get very excited about that,” said Larson.

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 Clement said the project will not only be helpful for Canadian breast cancer patients, but it will have worldwide applications.

“It’s great to see this innovation come out of Thunder Bay,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the final product.”

Lakehead University also received a $338,050 investment from FedNor to create a North American mitochondrial DNA database.

While it will have medical applications, it will also be helpful to law enforcement agencies.

“It has some investigative applications for the making sure we can catch the bad guys,” said Clement.

Clement also reaffirmed the $4 million outlined in the 2011 federal budget for the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute’s cyclotron project will soon be flowing and the three projects together show that Thunder Bay continues to develop as a hub for translating research and development projects into marketable products.

“They are going to make patients’ lives easier. They open up global opportunities for commercialization and markets for Thunder Bay companies,” he said.

“It really is a further example of the diversification of the Thunder Bay economy that FedNor has been supporting over a number of years.”


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jimmyboy says:
The blending of PET and CT scanning is already on the market...named the The Discovery™ PET/CT 600 scanner....which is in use all across the USA by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America...who are light years ahead of anything we offer here in Thunder Bay....maybe we should study under such an organization such as this with the funding vs. trying to reinvent the wheel.
3/5/2012 4:35:53 PM
edhtbon says:
And once again jimmyboy claims to know everything about anything while taking a crap on anyone else trying to do something useful. You always have such wonderful insight it to what is wrong with virtually everything but you never seem too much interested in doing anything about it except signing on and complaining.
3/5/2012 8:19:32 PM
tbayguy009 says:
Did you for 5 minutes, even bother to investigate if what he said is true? Bet ya didn't!

Or you like blank checks, to reinvent something that exists already? (don't even bother to answer that) There are too many feeders from the money trough and not enough trough.

Maybe it is time to put down the people who can't form any valid arguements without bullying.

You are an adult I hope, so teach your kids not to bully others by setting an example ... ok.
3/6/2012 3:31:43 PM
DougMyers says:
Well lucky for both of you guys I have the ability to read and understand information and not just complain.

The PET/CT 600 has a completely different purpose than the locally developed unit. The PET/CT 600 is used for scanning patients, while the Tornado unit will scan REMOVED tissue in the operating room so surgeons can confirm removal of cancerous cells.

Take a minute, or 5, and investigate yourself! Did you? Apparently not. Careful who you call out when you don't have all the information.

As well, this is not just someone at the "trough" as this is a LOAN and not a grant.

Pessimism from our finest "glass half empty" crowd.

It's one thing to have a strong opinion, it's another all together to complain in ignorance.
3/7/2012 10:49:25 AM
DougMyers says:
Careful who you align yourself with and put down.

Jimmy is incorrect as the two units he discussed perform very different functions. the Pet/CT scans patients while the Tornado unit scans tissue samples in the OR.

Perhaps you should have spent the 5 minutes in research.

As well, Tornado is getting a LOAN, not a grant.
3/7/2012 12:03:54 PM
wayne says:
excellent news!
3/5/2012 4:47:09 PM
wayne says:
jimmyboy once again you display your negativity and ignorance. this announcement is about a scanner specifically designed to be used in the operating room, and will provide surgeons with the ability to determine while the patient is still on the table if the cancerous tissue has been removed.
3/5/2012 7:00:58 PM
ComradeLeninHiawathaZwig says:
When will the funding be spent on a gazebo instead?
3/6/2012 7:34:34 PM
wayne says:
tbayguy009, do you really think that what edhtbon said was bullying??? i think you need to educate yourself on what bullying is and chill

jimmyboy is a chronic complainer and the vast majority of time he craps on good news. and jimmyboy is in fact wrong with his post on this good news item. but you would know that had you taken even 1 minute to do some quick research.
3/6/2012 9:36:12 PM
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