eSight: startup to watch in 2010

eSight Corporation, one of OTTN’s spin-off companies, was featured in the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s cream of the crop new startups to keep an eye on in 2010.  The company’s lead product  is a lightweight, sunglasses-like device with built-in video camera and display screens.  eSight chairman Dan Mathers says the product, which is currently undergoing patient trials with an anticipated commerical debut in fall 2010,  gives ‘super vision’ to people who otherwise have great diffulty seeing.  The device is receiving support from the medical community as well as people suffering from diseases such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, neither of which can be treated by surgery or drugs.

In January 2010 the company announced that it had received a $750,000 investment from First Leaside Visions II Limited Partnership.

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About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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