Daily Media Digest May 18, 2023

Pfizer Canada Launches National Initiative to Propel Startup Solutions for Key Challenges in Healthcare
Pfizer Media Centre
“Pfizer Canada ULC announces the launch of its Healthcare Hub, an initiative with Canadian tech and innovation startups to scale up health solutions, with the goal of enhancing outcomes and the patient experience in important areas of need …”
TAGS: innovation, startup, Pfizer

How to Optimize the $1 Billion Investment in a Rare Drug Strategy
Health Insight
“Following three years of nationwide multi-stakeholder consultations, the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) is proposing a three-pillar rare disease strategy to deliver optimal value to patients, the health care system, and society.”
TAGS: rare disease, investment, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

Dr. Amanda Caissie, named Nova Scotia Health Innovation Hub’s newest Innovator in Residence
Nova Scotia Health
“We need leaders who have great expertise but are also willing to transform the healthcare system by improving access to care and patient experience … Dr. Caissie has done an exceptional job throughout her career, is internationally recognized …”
TAGS: innovation, patients, oncology, Nova Scotia Health

New Ojibwe language course aims to restore Indigenous tradition
CTV News
“A free language course, teaching the Indigenous language Ojibwe … launched by the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest (KILN), along with University of Toronto and Baycrest, and stands as an effort to revitalize the transmission of Indigenous language …”
TAGS: Indigenous, language, aging, Baycrest, University of Toronto

400K bump in funding announced for U of R cognitive behaviour therapy program
CTV News Regina
“Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos has been leading the launch of the program. She expressed hope that it will help make therapy an option for those not able to take advantage of current programs.”
TAGS: mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy, funding, University of Regina