Looking beyond the edge of cancer

ODS Medical Inc. is a medical device company pushing the limits of cancer detection with our exclusive Raman spectroscopy system for real-time tissue characterization and pursuing the development, manufacture and sales of products for a range of clinical settings.

ODS Medical Inc. is dedicated to bringing to the hands of physicians the next generation of diagnostic tools. Building on our revolutionary proprietary platform technology, we integrate cutting edge optical probes with the most sophisticated software, based on machine learning algorithms, to empower doctors to make critical decisions- in real-time – with unprecedented sensitivity, specificity and accuracy.

Those who work in the shadows to create light

Our team is made up of talents from all walks of life. We are on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough that will change the lives of many people with brain cancer.

Founders

Eric MarpleB. Ing.

Frederic Leblond, PhDChief Technical Officer

Kevin Petrecca, MD, PhDChief Medical Officer

Kirk UrmeyB. Ing.

The team

Employee Spotlights

Q: Who were you when you started in your field & who do you see yourself as now?

A: When I started my master’s with ODS, I was actually more interested in IT. Specifically, in large scale IT infrastructure challenges like 5G networks that benefit the entire population. I thought the medical space would be very complicated and siloed. As I began working with ODS, I started to spend some time in the OR, collecting data for our classifier. To see these patients on the surgical bed, knowing that they only have maybe 15 months to live, and then to imagine that the device you are creating could change that reality for these patients, is very gratifying. I feel that I am helping humanity in a way I couldn’t imagine back when I thought I wanted to work in telecommunications. I definitely have a strong sense of purpose in my work.

 

Q: What are 3 words to describe ODS?

A: Honest. We don’t play power games here. Young. The company is young, the people are young and there is no feeling of tiredness. Humble. People here tend to undersell, and that is a good thing.

 

Q: Where do your brightest ideas come from?

A: I would say primarily discussion with colleagues. When I have a technical challenge, there are at least four people around that I can discuss it with who will ask the right questions and share their ideas. People here are both very competent and insightful.

 

Q: What is your proudest moment at ODS?

A: My proudest moment was when I delivered our system to a clinical site abroad. It was the first time I saw our technology being used outside of the regular context of ODS or the Montreal Neurological Institute. It felt so rewarding to take the many modes of transportation to get there and then, as the ambassador of ODS, deliver and configure the system for surgery.

 

Q: What do you like most about ODS?

A: ODS gives us the freedom and trust to think outside the box, and then to actually implement some of these solutions. As a team, we always look for the most elegant path, yet we are given permission to travel far if necessary to find it. We trust each other here to do good work. We are a group of self-starters and we put pressure on ourselves to succeed.

 

Q: What advice do you have for prospective candidates?

A: To try to be as open as possible and as honest as possible in the relationships you have with people and yourself. Trust the people around you to do the right thing. Be authentic. People here are from different cultures and backgrounds. It is important to be sensitive and accepting of others and to communicate with empathy. Also, technical skill is not the only reason why people are here. You need to be able to learn fast, adapt, and work in a team. Lastly, being available for more than day-to-day work, being available for opportunities to create cohesion, is important to us at ODS.

Q: Who were you when you started in your field & who do you see yourself as now?

A: Compared to when I started in my field, I know more about who I am and what kind of Engineer I am. When I graduated, I was open to all opportunities in order to find a job. I knew where I wanted to apply my skills but I was sure that any opportunities could lead me to it. That is exactly what has happened with ODS, and moving into the medical field. I am intrigued by science. There is so much about the human body and the human brain we don’t know. As an engineer, I like to solve problems and come up with solutions. Applying my physics background to biology in the medical field is where I feel I can have the most impact.

 

Q: What are 3 words to describe ODS?

A: Being part of a team is a major part of life at ODS. Innovation. We are always trying to innovate and find the best solution. Life. Fundamentally we are working to improve the lives of patients.

 

Q: Where do your brightest ideas come from?

A: My brightest ideas come from my sense of curiosity and from my artistic skill and creativity. These past years I have leaned into artisan work, both pottery making and sewing, which has actually helped me develop a lot of skills in my career: patience, precision, perseverance but also curiosity and creativity. Even if I have still a lot to improve!

 

Q: What is your proudest moment at ODS?

A: My proudest moment at ODS was definitely when I first use our prototype in live surgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Everything we had been working so hard for came to life at that moment. To watch the surgeon use our probe on a patient’s brain tissue and help him taking the acquisition was intimidating but I was very proud of our team.

 

Q: What do you like most about ODS?

A: What I like most about ODS is the team. I can rely on the team we have built and this is what I value most in my workplace. We are very connected to each other and our purpose, and I know I can rely on them when I need them.

 

Q: What advice do you have for prospective candidates?

A: Trust yourself and speak up. We are strong personalities at ODS. We are open and, we naturally have opinions and ways we think something should be done. We also recognize that we need every team member’s input if we are going to succeed. So, my advice would be to trust in yourself and use your voice.

Q: Who were you when you started in your field & who do you see yourself as now?

A: When I started my professional career, I imagined certain aspects of engineering would be integral parts of my life. I imagined myself involved in the manufacturing, mechanical, and more tactile aspects of the discipline. My university actually taught us specifically medical device manufacturing as many of the jobs in Dominican Republic, where I am from, are in that space. However, after spending a few years working at a large firm, I realized I wanted to take on more project-based work instead of building the same thing. I began to really love the variety, opportunity to learn new things, and sense of accomplishment in working through a project, completing it, and then starting the next.

 

Q: What are 3 words to describe ODS?

A: We are a family at ODS. Pride. We are proud of the things we do and the solutions we create. Care. We take care of each other and always put patient safety first.

 

Q: Where do your brightest ideas come from?

A: My brightest ideas come from experience. Experience gives us wisdom, and when we use that wisdom as a foundation, we have the opportunity to travel even farther and reach new frontiers. My best ideas also come from time spent not working. When I am not thinking about the problem and I’m enjoying some leisure time, my best ideas surface.

 

Q: What is your proudest moment at ODS?

A: My proudest moment at ODS has been the recent success we’ve had changing the project management process. Collectively the entire team has worked really hard to adapt and make it work. Everyone’s role is shifting, and that is not easy.

 

Q: What do you like most about ODS?

A: Everyone is so passionate about what we do. Even when we debate within the team. We challenge each other because we are so passionate about our product and improving patient outcomes.

 

Q: What advice do you have for prospective candidates?

A: Always try to learn about the product you are making and the team you are working with. Try to ask as many questions as possible. No question is stupid; all questions are acceptable. Don’t be shy to share your ideas, thoughts, or improvements. We are all here to help and support each other.

It’s time for you to reveal the invisible

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info@odsmed.com
+1 (514) 340 5763
5155 Chemin de la Rampe,
Pavillon J.A. Bombardier Suite J-1116,
Montreal, QC, H3T 2B1
CANADA

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