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.

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

A: This is an excellent question. People always have a plan about where they want to be in the next 5 years. When I joined ODS, what I thought about was how to contribute to the field of Raman Spectroscopy, medical devices, and helping people. That goal hasn’t changed. I always think of how to take the research to the next level and move forward with our mission. This keeps me motivated. My vision is to develop innovative products to ease patients’ suffering, and I am applying my knowledge and expertise to achieve this.

 

Q: What are 3 words to describe ODS?

A: Family. I would say ODS is a family. The environment, culture, and freedom you have in a family nurture you to grow organically. Development. There are a lot of opportunities for development at ODS. We are evolving fast and developing innovative products as per our plans. Service. Our inherent values are to serve the healthcare community and provide better service to patients.

 

Q: Where do your brightest ideas come from?

A: My brightest ideas come from being focused and motivated. I think exponentially when I am motivated. I think about problems from different perspectives. Everything constantly evolves in my thoughts, and then it comes altogether through a sprint of work to a final product.

 

Q: What is your proudest moment at ODS?

A: My proudest moment at ODS is every day. Every day, there is something new. Whenever we take one step forward towards our goal is a proud moment. One of the major highlights was when we went live with the classifier in 2017 at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). The first time our CMO, Dr. Kevin Petrecca, demoed the system to another surgeon the system resulted in 100% accuracy (confirmed later with pathology report). Dr. Petrecca ended up resecting an additional 8 grams of tissue. This was an outstanding achievement. Realistically though, my proudest moments at ODS are to watch the company grow over time; every day on this journey with ODS is my proudest moment.

 

Q: What do you like most about ODS?

A: ODS has provided me a golden opportunity to work autonomously and with a great team. ODS’s trust and liberty have allowed me to use my judgment to make the best decisions in the path to explore the unknown.

 

Q: What advice do you have for prospective candidates?

A: Candidates who are enthusiastic about solving challenges in the medical field are most welcome. We have a mission to accomplish. When you do your best to achieve that goal, ODS is here to support you. Join us if you feel you can contribute!

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

A: I always wanted to be a creative designer since childhood. My engineering and master’s were all about image processing and computational photography. Even until this day, if there is any work regarding imaging or UX design, I will react like a kid who has been given an Ice cream.

Every day, I strive to be slightly better than before. I was not a software developer when I joined, I was mostly an algorithm guy doing mathematical simulations. Today, thanks to the real-life challenges that ODS has thrown at me, I can say I have delivered industry-standard software working with a capable team.

 

Q: What are 3 words to describe ODS?

A: Challenging: A big learning curve. No matter how much we can master, there is always something to learn. At ODS, due to the fact that we play multiple roles, it is occasionally challenging yet exciting.

Calmness: The people around are always accommodating and comforting. We have a sense of peace and respect among each other. Everyone respects the views and skills of fellow colleagues. Sometimes we do have our differences, but in the end, it is always for the good cause.

Grounded: We have our feet grounded always. Though some of our achievements are stellar, we have maintained a sense of staying humble.

 

Q: Where do your brightest ideas come from?

A: Personally, my brightest ideas come during the times when I explain a concept to my family and friends. That is because I am in the right set of mind without thinking about repercussions. In the hindsight, when I delve deeper into what I just blabbered, I surprise myself. Most of the time it turns out to make sense. This is probably because of my upbringing since my dad and two brothers were Aerospace and Chemical engineers, so I better live up to their expectations. Professionally, my mentors and co-workers also help in ideating and turning the ideas into reality.

 

Q: What is your proudest moment at ODS?

A: In general working at ODS and helping save lives is the proudest badge I can wear. Precisely, I can point out 3 moments.

First, when our first classifier went live at MNI and was applauded by the founders. I was proud that I could contribute and play my role to the fullest there.

Second, when the Sentry user interface (UI) was given positive feedback in Austria, I felt that my work was finally of some use. Though the UI was a team effort, the look and feel is still as-it-is since day one.

Lastly, the contour detection as a part of the Prostate Scanner device is my proudest of them all. Just to hear from the clinical team that the algorithm worked extremely well in every condition is satisfying. I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that my imaging skills, which is what I dreamt of since I a kid is now useful.

 

Q: What do you like most about ODS?

A: ODS has a special place in my heart. When I came to Canada in 2014, just a few years after I lost my brother to cancer, I never imagined that I would contribute to saving the lives of cancer patients. I just wish ODS had this technology 10 years in advance and deployed in India. Each biopsy and tissue resection surgery cost us 3 months delay in the 11 months of time left in his life.

At ODS, I am most connected to the “Everyone Counts” and “We are here to help” values of the 5 values. They stood by me and helped in my difficult times. When I started at ODS in 2016 as a part-time employee, it was like a hand-in-glove moment. I needed a job to support my studies, ODS needed an algorithm engineer who could contribute to signal processing and also do a bit of software programming. As time went by, I saw that ODS needed more than what I could provide, hence I offered to work more than my allocated weekly time limit.  I used to wear more hats during the early days of ODS and it has paid-off big time I guess. Happy to see what ODS has achieved so far and I am excitedfor us to scale greater heights.

 

Q: What advice do you have for prospective candidates?

A: I would say just one line, “Though we are probably not Doctors by profession, you will contribute towards saving lives, so join us if you want to benefit the people”.

It’s time for you to reveal the invisible

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+1 (514) 340 5763
55 Rue de Louvain O Suite 502,
Montréal, QC H2N 1A4
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