Success Story


(From back left) BrainFx COO, Heather Condello; Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, Dr. Lauren Sergio; OCE Business Development Manager, Balinder Rai; and Tracy Milner, BrainFx CEO (front and centre) at their York University lab.

According to Brain Canada, one in three Canadians will suffer from a brain disorder over the course of their lifetime. While severe impairments can be more readily detected by a health professional using pen and paper tests, it’s significantly more difficult to detect milder cases where intervention can be important.

Markham-based company, BrainFx, has married cutting-edge research with digital technology to create a clinical tablet-based assessment tool that measures the early and subtle effects of brain disorders like dementia and concussion. With early intervention, health professionals can minimize disability and improve quality of life. It also translates into significant savings for Ontario’s healthcare system.

OCE supported a Technical Problem Solving project in 2012 undertaken by BrainFx and York University researchers that helped the company scientifically validate its assessment tool. SmartStart support followed, allowing the founders (both occupational therapists) to create marketing materials and connect with more than 600 organizations and health professionals. The company has since received additional funding from MaRS and is gearing up for a fall angel investment.

BrainFx recently launched its assessment tool to Canadian allied health professionals and is piloting this fall in two major hospitals, community rehabilitation organizations, and several Ontario mental illness, seniors and athlete baseline testing programs.

Return on Innovation

  • Currently employs four people
  • Plans to hire another six by end of 2013
  • Projects another 30 jobs by September, 2015

OCE©2013 Last updated 10/2013