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Entrepreneur turns smartphone into cancer fighter

Profile of Maryam Sadeghi, CEO and co-founder, MetaOptima Technology
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Enjoy Plenty Of Sunshine While Keeping You And Your Family Safe From Skin Cancer with MoleScope

Great review of the MoleScope App and device from Vancouver Bits & Bites - A Vancouver Lifestyle and Food Blog
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London Drugs Pharmacists Trained on MetaOptima Technology Will Offer 10 Skin Check Clinics in June and July

Starting June 15th, London Drugs Patient Care Pharmacists (PCPs) are available for one-on-one personal skin check appointments at select lower mainland London Drugs stores. During each clinical session, the PCPs will utilize Vancouver-based MetaOptima's non-invasive MoleScope device and will review the importance of the "ABCDE" method for mole checks.
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Government of Canada Supports British Columbia Firm Through Build in Canada Innovation Program

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation that uses smartphones to help detect skin cancer.
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La Roche-Posay and Partners Reveal Initiative to Give Skin Cancer Patients Accelerated Access to Care and Treatment

In honor of the Melanoma Awareness Month, La Roche-Posay is holding its second annual Become a Skin Checker event in Montreal, in collaboration with MetaOptima Technology and Centre Medical Urbain.
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Surrey RCMP signs up for anti-skin cancer technology

Surrey’s RCMP officers and staff have a new weapon in their arsenal — the DermEngine skin-screening platform created by Simon Fraser University alumna Maryam Sadeghi.
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The MoleScope device is a breakthrough for early cancer detection

MoleScope inventor Maryam Sadeghi is bringing affordable tech to the masses to empower self-monitoring and early detection of possible cancers in moles and skin blemishes.
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Made in BC Health Apps

MoleScope featured on GlobalBC: "Tech Expert Tarah Ferguson talks about two made in BC Health Apps
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MediCity attracts new globally-driven companies

Canadian company MetaOptima Technology Incorporated is one of five new companies to join MediCity, the UK’s rapidly-expanding innovation hub for consumer healthcare, medical technology, diagnostics and beauty products.
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Doctors around the world zooming in on MoleScope's app

Designed to be user-friendly, Molescope guides the patient with educational materials and allows the high-quality images to be used by physicians, general practitioners and dermatology specialists for ongoing patient management.
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B.C. biotech and life sciences sector cements itself as powerhouse industry

A perfect example of the companies now starting to emerge from B.C.’s established biotechnology and life sciences industry is MetaOptima, which has developed and is marketing the MoleScope, a small device that attaches to a smartphone which can help patients and physicians track potentially cancerous moles.
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MoleScope: When your smartphone 'talks' to your dermatologist

A new device that attaches to your smartphone and uses high-definition imaging to help healthcare professionals assesses the health of your moles is being introduced this week at the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver, Canada.
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MoleScope skin cancer app developed for smartphones in Vancouver

A new smartphone app for monitoring skin cancer made its debut at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver on Tuesday.
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MoleScope™ to be unveiled at world dermatology conference in Vancouver

Simon Fraser University PhD graduate Maryam Sadeghi will unveil MoleScope™, an innovative hand-held tool that uses a smartphone to monitor skin for signs of cancer, at the World Congress of Dermatology conference in Vancouver June 9-13.
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Medical microscope attaches to your smartphone for skin cancer screening

A Simon Fraser University spinoff company has developed an app and a tiny microscope attachment for smartphones that allows users to take, store and share high quality images of moles and other suspicious skin lesions.
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MoleScope on Global News

A local inventor is showing off his cell phone app that can help track your risk of cancer.
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MetaOptima selected as a 2015 Life Science Emerging Rocket

Rocket Builders today released its thirteenth annual “Ready to Rocket” lists. These lists profile British Columbia technology companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the technology sector trends that will lead them to faster growth than their peers.
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MetaOptima Innovation selected for BCIP Pre-Qualified Pool

Created to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.” MetaOptima Technology’s DermEngine has been selected as one of 5 Pre-qualified innovations within the Health Sciences from Call for Proposals 005 which closed in September 2014.
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MoleScope wins a $25,000 investment

On June 11th, 2014, MetaOptima competed in Plug and Play's Startup Showdown 2.0 in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Maryam Sadeghi, CEO, impressed the panel of judges with her pitch and placed first overall, winning a $25,000 investment and 3 months of office space and mentorship in Silicon Valley. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Doctors are using technology in creative ways to treat those isolated from modern health care conveniences

Atkins is leading an SFUled initiative that, in 2013, created MoleScope, a tiny microscope used with a smartphone that snaps images of skin moles, a precursor of skin cancer, which afflicts six million new patients every year around the globe. MoleScope soft-ware stores images of moles, allowing physicians to monitor changes over time.
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MoleScope : Un microscope connecté qui inspecte les grains de beauté

[Translation] More than just a simple microscope, the MoleScope system offers numerous features on its mobile app. In fact, this smartphone-attachable microscope allows the user to upload their mole images to a secure server and analyze any suspicious spots. [...] Even better, MoleScope allows the user to send their updated files and images to their doctor for review.
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MoleScope is featured in FutureMag TV

Melanoma is an increasingly common skin cancer that can be fatal if detected in an advanced stage. Today, innovation in skin cancer detection is taking a very high-tech turn. Maryam Sadeghi, of Simon Fraser University Surrey, near Vancouver, Canada is developing a smartphone-attachable imaging device for skin cancer screening called “MoleScope”...
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SFU grad earns top prize for cancer-fighting venture idea

The fight against skin cancer is enlisting the help of smartphones to monitor suspicious moles thanks to a Simon Fraser University grad's venture idea. The Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize Competition awarded Maryam Sadeghi, creator of the MoleScope technology, the top prize of $3,000 on February 12 after she pitched judges her business plan...
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Skin cancer prevention: Mobile app and scope help users track moles over time

The MoleScope and UV Canada app, developed by Vancouver scientist Maryam Sadeghi, are designed to help Canadians identify skin cancer early. The technology is used to capture and record photos of potentially-cancerous moles and then share these images with medical specialists using cloud-based technology...
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Maryam Sadeghi takes dermatology digital with MoleScope!

MoleScope Featured in Globe and Mail Skin cancer is both common and potentially deadly, with risks increasing the longer it goes undetected. So it made little sense to Maryam Sadeghi that people can wait days, weeks or even months to find out if suspicious moles were something to worry about. So she created MoleScope, a...
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Computing Scientist wins SFU Top Student Entrepreneur Award!

Maryam Sadeghi, founder of an award-winning health technology company, MetaOptima Technology Inc., is SFU’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Sadeghi was among 10 young SFU inventors who pitched their businesses in a Dragon’s Den-style competition before a panel of industry experts at SFU Surrey Nov. 16-17. Sadeghi also leads SFU’s new Digital Health Hub, based...
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MetaOptima nets the $40,000 prize at New Ventures BC Competition 2013!

MetaOptima Technology Inc, a health technology company created by Simon Fraser University researcher Maryam Sadeghi, has won a top prize in the 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition. The company received a $40,000 Wavefront Wireless prize package, finishing one of 10 companies shortlisted from nearly 150 applicants in this year’s competition...
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Molescope: An app to detect the onset of skin cancer

As the sun continues to beat down this summer, the risk of being outdoors with no protection continues to grow. And it’s not just the temperature that plays a factor, but the UV rays that are emitted from the sun. “The main cause of skin cancer is UV rays. Too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer,” says Maryam Sadeghi with MetaOptima...
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Maryam Sadeghi wins Innovation Challenge Award!

NSERC Innovation Challenge Award Maryam Sadeghi, who received her PhD in Computing Science from SFU this year, has been awarded a 2012 NSERC Innovation Challenge Award (Honourable Mention) for her innovative use of artificial intelligence and mobile technologies to improve prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer. Dr. Sadeghi completed her doctoral studies in SFU’s...
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Research2Clinic Action: Technology-Enabled Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Skin Cancers

Maryam Sadeghi has developed unique solutions for the prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer by taking advantage of artificial intelligence using low-cost devices armed with mobile technologies, such as smart phones, for tele-dermatology. Her team has developed and launched UV Canada—a free public health education app for sun protection...
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