Halifax Biomedical to launch mobile foot screenings in Cambridge

Originally published Feb. 7, 2014 in the Cambridge Chronicle.

Canadian-based Halifax Biomedical Inc. is opening a Cambridge office to launch a mobile orthopedic screening service, said Chief Operating Officer John Simon.

Rather than invest in expensive imaging machinery, the pilot program will allow hospitals to share the highly specialized service, which will travel to various medical facilities in a mobile truck, Simon said.

“It’s a new way to deliver the solutions that our company provides,” Simon said. “It’s a resource that several hospitals can share.”

Founded in Nova Scotia, the company specializes in precision imaging of spine and joint replacements to assess instability at the micro level. They focus on detecting loosening hip and knee replacements and analyzing spine alignment for patients with chronic low back pain.

The office at the Cambridge Innovation Center marks the company’s first foray into the American market, Simon said. The decision to expand follows a recent trade mission to Canada by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Initially, only one employee will staff the new office in order to secure initial agreements with area hospitals and launch the service. As the pilot begins to ramp up, Simon said they will likely add employees and open their own office in Cambridge if the program is successful. The company currently has 15 employees, Simon said.

“We’re very excited,” Simon said. “Cambridge is definitely a good environment for biomedical applications. There’s already a lot of research underway there, and the pilot will us how the business should be set up going forward.”

In a statement, Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi welcomed the company to the city.

“Cambridge has the densest concentration of life sciences companies in the state,” Rossi said. “Halifax Biomedical Inc. will join the many international companies in Kendall Square that are providing good jobs to workers in the region.”

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