Praxis Prize


Apply Today for the Praxis Prize!

What: The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute and Innovation Factory are proud to announce the inaugural Praxis Prize. $25,000 will be awarded to innovators working on cutting edge products, with a clearly articulated clinical application, focused on improving the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injuries. The Praxis Prize will support entrepreneurs and researchers working on innovation interventions that will improve health outcomes.


Who Should Apply: Ontario-based entrepreneurs, researchers, or technology providers with the intention of commercializing innovative products and research focused on helping patients suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI). Ideal applicants will have achieved Technology Readiness Level 3 or higher. Of particular interest are innovative ideas with potential commercialization in these areas:

  • psycho-social issues

  • respiratory problems

  • cardiovascular complications

  • autonomic dysreflexia

  • trunk mobility issues/paralysis

  • pressure injuries

  • bladder/bowel dysfunctions

  • sexual dysfunction and infertility

  • upper limb mobility issues/paralysis

  • lower limb mobility issues/paralysis

  • osteoporosis

  • Click here to learn about secondary complications

**Winners will be expected to attend the Synapse Life Science Competition Showcase on March 25, 2020 from 4-8pm in Hamilton, Ontario. 


Application Deadline: February 29th, 2020

For more information, contact:

Alex Muggah, Director, Synapse Consortium:

Fred Rego, Director of Commercialization, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute:



About the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute: leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury (SCI) research, innovation and care. We engage people with SCI and other world-class experts to work together to identify, prioritize and solve the most urgent challenges.  Praxis identifies and supports the development of therapies and medical devices that address the most common secondary health complications. By acting as a catalyst for the most innovative and promising technologies, we derisk the research and advance the science to bring these technological solutions to market

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