Opportunities: Meet Esmat Episode 2: Bridging Career Transitions

Before the Leap - Learn where to Land!

So you’re thinking and wondering how others are managing to bridge their career transitions & pivots? In Episode 2, Esmat gives out some advice on how to connect or reconnect with the right people – to learn how and where to land, and with whom before you make the big leap or pivot into a new career direction!

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He found a kindred spirit in Dr. Pierre Boulanger who had years of experience and a deep bench knowledge of AI & in the medical industry.  The two of them shared ideas of how to move some of Pierre’s innovations forward.  Esmat’s willingness to learn and apply new knowledge became a real life startup experience course – where he learned to upskill, reskill and retrain into a new career industry sector.  We usually refer to it as collaboration and mentorship.

Many Jobseekers and Career Navigators looking for their next career landing place may not yet realize that tech is a tool – and yes it can be a powerful one! However to create future career development value, you still need to discover where to best apply it in real life -and who can help you to tap into the rich multi-generational, and human to human, transfer of knowledge. Yes this means also learning outside of the classroom, maybe during and after you graduate – work co-ops, capstones, internships or other programs that will open doors for you!  This transfer and navigation of knowledge is integral to your future career advancement and to participating in the global digital era – economically and socially!

Stay tuned for Episode 3, where Esmat shares more on the partnerships that got Medroad Innovations started, and that helped to launch Naiad Lab!

Founders’ Blog

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Naiad Lab connects healthcare providers with remote patients using health measurements, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), advanced data analytics, and video conferencing to satisfy patients’ healthcare concerns rapidly. MedROAD is our cost-efficient platform that uses data analytics to remotely screen and monitor patients. It empowers clinicians to continue providing quality healthcare while keeping all parties safe and mitigating the spread of illnesses.

MedROAD moves beyond the traditional Telehealth applications that focus only on two-way communication between doctors and patients. It utilizes medical devices to enable a telemetry-driven, meaningful consultation. MedROAD also incorporates AI and advanced data analytics to detect anomalies in data, visualize patient conditions, and provide instant alerts (emulating car warning lights for humans). Naiad Lab is building an end-to-end solution, enhancing the flow of virtual consults, and optimizing health outcomes. The AI and data-driven system enable patient-specific modelling for preventative disease management. MedROAD streamlines, integrate and automates all administrative tasks to reduce workload for healthcare personnel. MedROAD also aims to reduce health inequities by providing quality healthcare to different geographic locations at low cost and with minimal infrastructure.

About Esmat Naikyar

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Esmat Naikyar, founder and CEO of Naiad Lab, holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Shortly after graduating, Mr. Naikyar was working at Coanda Research and Development as a Research Engineer. Mr. Naikyar has also held the position of Project Coordinator at Bird Construction. He has extensive experience in management, planning and system development from working in different R&D environments. Mr. Naikyar’s deep passion for innovation and product development led him down the path of entrepreneurship.

About Pierre Boulanger

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Dr. Pierre Boulanger, co-founder and CTO of Naiad Lab, has a double appointment as a professor at the University of Alberta Department of Computing Sciences and the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Boulanger cumulates more than 36 years of experience in 3D computer vision, rapid product development, and the applications of virtual reality systems to medicine and industrial manufacturing. He is the current Director of the Advanced Human-Computer Interfaces (AHCI) Laboratory and the SERVIER Virtual Cardiac Centre’s Scientific Director. In 2013, Dr. Boulanger was awarded the CISCO chair in healthcare solutions, a ten-year investment by CISCO systems to develop new healthcare IT technologies in Canada.

About Naiad Lab:

Naiad Lab was founded in February of 2020 as a spin-off out of the University of Alberta Advanced Human-Computer Interfaces (AHCI) Laboratory. Dr. Pierre Boulanger, director of AHCI Lab, holds the Cisco Chair in healthcare that has funded the lab activities for ten years. Many of the products developed in the lab showed commercial potential, and Naiad Lab was founded to undertake the development and commercialization of various products.  Naiad Lab aims to incorporate AI/ML, visual analytics and XR for healthcare needs. We have centralized and fully integrated tools to allow healthcare professionals to personalize care to patients – MedROAD Virtual Clinic. The partnership with Cisco Systems Canada and our innovative system, in-house algorithms, and extensive network within the healthcare system puts us at a competitive advantage.  Naiad Lab was founded based on four pillars concerning the healthcare system:

  • Decrease/eliminate health inequities
  • Decentralize healthcare provision
  • Enhance current clinics and transform them into smart, digitally-enabled clinics
  • Revolutionize how healthcare is provided in different sectors by utilizing AI, advanced data analytics and smart capabilities
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