Swedish medical company, Elekta, has chosen Halifax to expand its operations. Stephen Otto, Chairman of Elekta Neuromag, explains that Halifax has the perfect mix of the clinical (IWK) and research pieces (Dalhousie and National Research Council) that are needed to foster the development of Elekta’s new brain image technology.
“We’ve got all the ingredients here in Halifax to make this kind of research co-operation and collaboration work.” Stephen Otto, Chairman of Elekta Neuromag
It didn’t seem this straight forward to me at the beginning. Sweden? Brain image technology? Magnetoencephalgraphy? I didn’t think I’d be able to wrap my head around it all. My science comprehension is challenged by the concept of mitosis, so the word magnetoencephalgraphy had me a little scared. Luckily, the SmartCity Business Show exists to explain in everyday terms the innovative and fascinating, but sometimes difficult to grasp, work that many companies are doing in Halifax. It’s nice to understand what’s going on in my city.
Although the big words in this episode caught my attention, the word I was most drawn to was more. More jobs, more ideas, more funding, more researchers right here in Halifax. Mr. Otto makes it clear that Elekta’s technology can really help our growth. This is pretty exciting stuff that strengthens our international presence, as well as benefiting Halifax’s science, research and business communities. Check back for next week’s episode that highlights Halifax’s manufacturing sector (there may or may not be explosions involved).
Maeghan is with the Partnership on a four month work-term. She is in her third year of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and had her first taste of the working world on her work-term with Nova Scotia Power this summer. Although she’ll always be a Cape Bretoner at heart, Maeghan is happy to now call Halifax her home.