April is Limb Loss Awareness Month!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Did you know that every 20 seconds a limb is lost due to diabetes? At Orpyx, we have made it our mission to help change this reality through wearable, sensor-based technologies.  We are excited to see that others are answering the call and striving to improve the livelihoods of people with diabetes.  Last month, at the Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon), Dr. David Armstrong, through his enlightening talk on “Regifting the Gift of Pain: How Modern Technology Can Prevent Neuropathic Ulcers and Amputations”, highlighted the advantages of the wearable technology revolution that is upon us. We are now better equipped...
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Why entrepreneurs must strike a balance between passion and objectivity

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

An excerpt from eMed article by Christina Hernandez Sherwood (Kauffman Foundation) on July 6, 2013  eMed caught up with Dr. Breanne Everett (CEO, Orpyx Medical Technologies) last week at MedCity CONVERGE, a national healthcare innovation summit in Philadelphia.  She shared her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity. Reach out to the heavy hitters- Mentorship is key for early-stage companies, Everett said, and it's important to find mentors that complement your skills.  While attending networking events is a great way to meet mentors, she said, Orpyx also found success...
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Viva Innovation!

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Everett has just been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming 2013 Medical Innovations Summit in London, England. The Summit is an annual event hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine, and offers a range of extraordinary presentations with speakers from the UK and overseas. The day-long programme promises to provide a snapshot of amazing medical innovations and advancements taking place all over the globe. A few speakers that caught our attention include a 15 year old Baltimore student who invented a test for pancreatic cancer which is 168 times faster and cheaper than the gold standard in the field,...
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It's Not The Size of Your Data, It's How You Use It

Posted by Amanda Hehr

We recently stumbled across an article in Wired UK that predicts that "Mathematicians will lead the next consumer tech market disruption". Intrigued, we read on only to find that we agree wholeheartedly with their forecast. The volume of data being made available to consumers these days is beyond overwhelming. Technology is affording us access to an unprecedented level of detailed social, physical, biometric, medical and resource information. How can one ever disseminate all available information to focus in on what's relevant, and apply it meaningfully into their lives? Mathematicians, it seems, will be the key. Here is an excerpt from...
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Dr. Breanne Everett speaks on Medical Innovation at TEDxYYC

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Breanne Everett is the CEO and Cofounder of Orpyx, as well as a Medical Doctor and Resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. Early in her residency, Dr. Everett developed a keen interest in neuroplasticity, the potential for the brain to "rewire itself," and the possibility of developing medical solutions premised on this amazing potential of the human mind. Dr. Everett's clinical experience has given her ample exposure to diabetic patients requiring surgical management of diabetic foot complications. Seeing the burden these complications pose on both patients and the healthcare system, and...
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Books on Brains

Posted by Amanda Hehr

We recently came across a fabulous collection of book recommendations relating to neuroplasticity published in the Globe and Mail. Neuroplasicity, the ability of the brain to rewire itself, is the concept that inspired the development of the SurroGait Rx. Orpyx Founder and CEO, Dr. Breanne Everett wanted to discover a way to restore lost peripheral sensation in patients with neuropathy in order to help reduce the thousands of diabetes-related amputations performed each year. We are also hoping that the clinical trial outcomes will demonstrate that the device works to improve gait, mobility and balance in those with severe peripheral nerve...
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DIY Healthcare

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Athletes have been doing it for years… Measuring their biometric data in order to improve performance, meet personal goals and help prevent injury. Self-monitoring athletic devices don't negate the need for the professional advice of a coach or therapist, however, they do allow athletes to take a more informed and proactive approach to their sport of choice. One of the biggest trends to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year was 'The Quantified Self'. Consumers are quite simply obsessed with measuring their personal data.  This trend is quickly moving into the medical space, especially since...
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Diabetes Can Knock You Off Your Feet

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Orpyx is thrilled to announce the launch of the 'Diabetes Can Knock You Off Your Feet' campaign! Our goal is to raise awareness about diabetes and its associated complications, specifically diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy causes a loss of feeling in the feet and lower legs, where the nerves are damaged from high blood sugar levels. When minor injuries such as cuts, calluses and blisters occur, the numbness may cause them to go unnoticed leading to ulcers and even surgical amputation. Our technology hopes to address this problem by offering people with diabetic neuropathy the ability to feel their feet again and...
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Welcome to Orpyx.com!

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Orpyx came in to existence to help address a huge problem that we in medicine and surgery face on a daily basis—the problem of diabetes and complications of diabetes. My name is Dr. Breanne Everett and I am a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. We get consulted regularly to help deal with the problem of diabetic foot complications (including ulcers and infection). Many of these problems stem from one of the main complications of diabetes, “peripheral neuropathy” (or, numb feet). With feedback, people are unaware when damage is being done and...
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