CSTAR invited to join the Government of Ontario’s life sciences trade mission to Israel and the West Bank


For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2010


(LONDON, Ontario) – CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics) a collaborative research and education program of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), The University of Western Ontario (Western) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) has been invited by Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade to join a life sciences trade mission. On May 23, CSTAR and 31 other delegates will go to Israel and the West Bank to promote Ontario’s innovative life sciences companies, attract investment and strengthen cultural ties.

“There are over 900 life sciences companies in Israel and the West Bank. This is a unique opportunity to forge ties with a country that is considered a leader and innovator with medical devices and simulation technologies. Our goal is to promote CSTAR as a Canadian centre for research, validation and training,” explains John Parker, Director of CSTAR.

The five-day trade mission is expected to expand CSTAR’s reach into Israel and the West Bank and build upon CSTAR’s recent successes. These include its partnership with NucroTechnics to provide contract research services to industry, its growing medical device validation program and expansion of the ‘CSTAR Industry Roundtable’ with medical device manufacturers from Europe, USA and Canada. CSTAR is also positioned to offer advanced medical training because of its ‘full compliance’ designation as an Accredited Simulation Training Institute from the American College of Surgeons.

“This is not CSTAR’s first venture into seeking international partnerships. This past March, we went to West China Hospital, one of the largest acute care hospitals in the world, to begin work on a series of projects including research, education and business development. We hope to replicate our successes and continue to build on our international presence when we go to Israel,” adds Dr. John Denstedt, Senior Medical Director Surgery Services at LHSC and St. Joseph’s who is also participating in the trade mission.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics) is Canada’s national centre for developing and testing the next generation of minimally invasive surgical and interventional technologies and techniques, including robotics. CSTAR trains the surgeons of the future and shares expertise around the world. Building on world and national firsts pioneered by surgeons in London, CSTAR was launched in December 2001. CSTAR is a collaborative research program of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), The University of Western Ontario (Western) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s). Visit CSTAR today at www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/CSTAR/

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