Why we’re building clinical decision support systems with Aifred

Clinical depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. While numerous treatment options do exist, most patients spend months to years undergoing an arduous trial-and-error process before finding what works for them. In fact, 70%​ ​of patients fail to improve after their first treatment.

With 322 million people suffering from clinical depression ​right now and with hospital networks overloaded, there is a desperate need for a solution to ​match patients with the right treatment.​

Enter Aifred Health: We are a female-led, Montreal-based health tech startup that develops clinical decision support systems to help physicians make better treatment decisions in mental…


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With news headlines and media outlets continually reporting statistics and symptoms, let us take a couple moments to remember and care for our mental health.

As the world faces unprecedented challenges and uncertainties, it is completely normal and understandable to feel anxiety, stress, and confusion — you are not alone. Despite being physically separated, we are fighting this pandemic collectively as an international community. However, while words of encouragement may momentarily relieve some anxiety, it is important to understand and address the stress that we feel.

Here are some resources and expert-supported tips for supporting our mental health.

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Aifred Health has graduated from the AI stream of the prestigious Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Montreal program! Over the last 9 months, the team has had the amazing opportunity to work with renowned Fellows, Associates, CDL staff, MBA students, and startups from all over the world, propelled by Montreal’s leading AI ecosystem.

Catch us in Toronto on June 12–13, where Aifred Health will be featured as a top venture at the 2018–2019 CDL Super Session!

About Creative Destruction Lab

The Creative Destruction Lab is a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies. Its nine-month program pairs founders with experienced entrepreneurs…


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When the buzz words “artificial intelligence” (AI) and “machine learning” (ML) arise in the popular media, they conjure up images of shiny white machines assembling IKEA furniture, robots with faces attempting (and arguably failing) to mimic human emotion, and computer screens displaying rapidly changing code in dark basements far from the touch of any human. However, developing effective ML algorithms in practice requires a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears from human engineers. Contrary to the stereotyped image of computer scientists coding away in isolation, the ML team at Aifred Health spends much of their time discussing their work…


Feature article by Robotics Business Review on Aifred Health’s advancement in AI XPRIZE.

Aifred Health part of new cohort of Fondations Montreal Grant+ recipients.

Aifred Health chosen as one of 10 tech startups for Centech’s Propulsion program.

Concordia reports on District 3 Innovation Centre success with Aifred Health and Nectar.

Short article on Aifred Health being awarded the Projet par Excellence by Forces Avenir.

VentureBeat article on Aifred Health receiving the $35 000 XPRIZE milestone award in 2018.

XPRIZE announcement of the 30 teams advancing in the competition as of November 2018.

Engineering & Technology magazine interviewed our co-founder Sonia…


This year has been nothing short of incredible here at Aifred Health. We kicked off 2017 with an application to the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition, and are finishing the year in high spirits with our Milestone Award as one of the Top 2 teams moving forward in the competition, a myriad of accomplishments from the past year, and many exciting plans for 2018. Before diving into the new year, we want to take a moment to reflect on the events of our first year as a start-up. …


December 11th, 2017 (Montreal, QC) — aifred health has been announced as one of the Top 2 teams out of 59 teams representing 14 countries that are advancing in the international $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition. As part of the Top 2 ranking, our team received a Milestone Award at the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) in Long Beach, California. We are a company using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to develop a clinical decision aid for physicians to improve the effectiveness of depression treatment.

Our product is designed as a resource for doctors, and will predict…


December 6th, 2017 (Montreal, QC) — aifred health has been announced as one of the Top 10 teams out of 59 teams representing 14 countries that are advancing in the international $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition. We are a company using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to develop a clinical decision aid for physicians to improve the effectiveness of depression treatment, and we are thrilled to be recognized as one of the Top 10 teams in this competition.

Our product is designed as a resource for doctors, and will predict the best treatment — whether that be a specific medication…


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A product developer for an AI tech start-up must have an arsenal of good qualities: bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and human users requires finesse, developing a product requires perseverance, and working at a start up requires flexibility. Finding someone who embodies all of these characteristics is a lofty goal. At aifred health, we didn’t find one developer to create the interface of our clinical decision aid for improving depression treatment efficacy- we found two.

With life science backgrounds and programming expertise, Nykan Mirchi and Steven Zhang are a powerful AI health-tech product development team. Mirchi has plans to…


For two days in mid-October, beneath the high ceilings and among the exposed brick, over 2,200 members of the AI community demoed products, listened to stimulating speakers, and discussed the most pressing issues related to AI in a reclaimed gas plant in Amsterdam. The World Summit AI was a hub of enthusiasm, bright ideas, and collaborative spirit- and aifred health was there to witness it all.

We thank IBM XPrize for making this possible. We also thank District 3 Innovation Center at Concordia University.

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