Success Stories

How do you diagnose an injury you cannot see?


A lot can affect the function of our brains – from drugs and alcohol to an injury – but if you’re a medical first responder, and time is of the essence, you may not have the time or tools to quickly diagnose what might be affecting your patient. And time is of the essence: acute brain bleeds must be treated within an hour to avoid severe brain damage or death.

That’s why Kingston-based Archeoptix is bringing new technologies to market that help rapidly and accurately assess traumatic brain injuries within as little as a minute. Their portable devices help the person at point of injury understand the severity of a possible traumatic brain injury and make further decisions about whether a CT scan is needed. Archeoptix’s products are Health Canada certified, and the growing company is looking to introduce its products into the US and Europe.

The company was founded by Kingston native Sav Stratis after meeting Dr. Jason Riley, the device’s lead inventor. They have kept their business in Kingston to take advantage of its close proximity to major Canadian and American cities, and capture talent emerging from the local post-secondary schools. 

Octane Medical Group

As we age, suffer injury, or become ill, our bodies stop functioning as well as they once did. So, you might find yourself in need of, say, a replacement knee. In that situation, you can either get an artificial knee installed or you can turn to technologies being pioneered by companies like Octane.

Octane Medical Group is actually six separate companies pioneering a number of cutting-edge bioscience technologies, including tissue engineering, bioactive implants, and nuclear imaging. Founded in 2007 by Tim Smith and Ian Grant, Octane is focused on the design and manufacture of medical devices – some of which are truly out of this world! The inspiration for some of Octane’s patented technologies include Smith’s work trying to understand why astronauts suffer a loss in bone density.

From their home base in Kingston, Octane’s work travels the globe through their partners which include global companies, research institutes, and universities. Since its founding, Octane has continued to add headcount and space, crediting the strong government funding programs in Canada as well as the highly educated workforce available locally in Kingston. In particular, Smith said Octane benefits from Canada’s proximity to the US, strong support organizations such as BDC, and valuable centres of excellence such as the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine.