SONOSCOPE’s mission is to democratize the use of point-of-care ultrasound in critical care settings through the development and commercialization of innovative devices and continued medical trainings.
SONOSCOPE Inc. was founded in 2010 by two emergency doctors, Dr. Jean-François Lanctôt and Dr. Maxime Valois. They created a completely new approach for integrating point-of-care ultrasound in the context of resuscitation: the EGLS®(Echo Guided Life Support)
The innovative nature of their approach was recognized in 2011, when Dr. Lanctôt and Dr. Valois were granted the Innovation Award from the Collège des Médecins du Québec. The co-founders were also invited as guest speakers to lecture at the prestigious Harvard University on multiple occasions to teach their approach.
Through its workshops, its e-Learning platform and its numerous accredited trainers, the company trained more than 1,500 doctors across the five continents and now has thirteen international training centers. This illustrates how EGLS® is quickly becoming a standard of care in the practice of resuscitation.
This experience led the founders of SONOSCOPE to identify a crucial unmet need in acute care medicine, thereby giving birth to the company’s technological division.
In early 2020, the team of doctors completed the Centech’s (ÉTS) Acceleration program, which is among the 20 most successful university incubators in the world, and was unanimously chosen by the organization’s jury to join the Propulsion program.
MAXIME VALOIS, MD, CCFP (EM)
Co-founder, President and CEO
Maxime Valois, MD, CCFP (EM)
Maxime Valois has almost fifteen years of experience in critical care and more than ten years as an expert in continuing medical education. He is a professor of medicine at Montreal, McGill and Sherbrooke universities. In 2011, the team he is forming with Dr. Lanctôt received the prestigious Innovation Award from the College of Physicians of Quebec for the creation of EGLSTM.
Dr. Valois’ expertise in the field of point-of-care ultrasound is internationally recognized and leads him to give lectures at numerous conferences each year to share his clinical experiences. The Canadian Space Agency has also recognized the high-quality of the training he his providing by mandating to train one of its astronauts.
The notoriety of Dr. Valois also made it possible for him to sit on numerous accreditation committees, such as the International Consensus Committee on Ultrasound in Medical Education and to chair the World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education in 2017.
As co-founder and President of Sonoscope, Maxime Valois works closely with his colleague Jean-François Lanctôt to establish the strategic vision and values of the company that shape its identity. He also seeks to establish and renew partnerships using its extensive network in order to ensure that Sonoscope will accomplish its mission and fulfill its objectives of growth.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LANCTÔT, MD, CCFP (EM)
Co-founder, Vice-President & CTO
Jean-François Lanctôt, MD, CCFP (EM)
Jean-François Lanctôt is a visionary who has made a remarkable scientific contribution in the field of point-of-care ultrasound with the creation of the EGLSTM. From the birth of this project, he had foreseen the potential of this algorithmic approach to raise the standards of practice in emergency ultrasound.
In addition to his medical career in emergency and intensive care, Dr. Lanctôt has taught at McGill and Sherbrooke Universities, and published numerous scientific articles and podcasts intended for resuscitation specialists. His expertise also led him to participate in the elaboration of practice guidelines for advanced applications of point-of-care ultrasound for the AMUQ (Association of Emergency Physicians of Quebec).
His scientific contributions were highly noted by the medical community around the world, enabling him to build a network of solid ties with key opinion leaders in ultrasound, resuscitation and emergency medicine. Driven by the vision of a product that will once again revolutionize the practice of resuscitation, Jean-François is at the epicenter of a creative and experienced engineering team.
JEAN-PHILIPPE GARANT, MD
EGLS Operations Director
Jean-Philippe Garant, MD
Jean-Philippe Garant is recognized as a pioneer in the integration of point-of-care ultrasound in the practice of family medicine in Canada.
His medical experience is diverse, ranging from emergency care to walk-in care, hospitalization and home care.
His years of practice in a remote region have allowed him to develop his resourcefulness and his taste for learning.
He completed his training as an EGLS master instructor in 2014 with Maxime Valois, before becoming the EGLS Operations director in the Quebec section in 2018. In addition, he was Director of the first EGLS Bootcamp in Quebec in 2019.
He is also the co-founder of the Echo Guided Technical courses in Emergency Medicine (2016) and Echo Guided infiltrations for the primary care physician (2018).
STÉPHANE TÉTREAULT, MD
Stéphane Tétreault, MD, CCFP (EM)
Emergency physician with experience in patents, development and marketing of medical products and investment funds
HUGO DOUVILLE, Eng. M. Sc. A
Douville Eng., M. Sc. A
Hugo Douville was candidate for Ph.D in mechanical engineering and holds a Master’s degree in applied sciences in the field of acoustics and vibration. In addition to being a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, he holds an MBA entrepreneurship certificate.
He co-founded and assumed the role of CEO at Cadens Imaging, a leader in computer-assisted medical imaging analysis, providing software solutions to optimize diagnosis accuracy in a cost-effective way.
He has driven the company through its early stages, managed the operations, defined the sales and marketing strategies and also negotiated business partnerships with national and international distributors. He also co-led and completed the various certification and accreditation processes prior to the commercialization of the company’s medical devices.
Mr. Douville was granted many awards through the course of his career, including the prestigious scholarship from the Canadian Space Agency in 2006 and the Jury Prize for the Fast 50 ™ Technology Awards in 2010, awarded by Deloitte Canada. He has held the renowned NSERC postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the only annual Aerospace scholarship ever awarded in Quebec.
He is also the author of a scientific book on NVH and has published 4 articles in the automotive field. Mr.Douville’s expert profil in acoustics and vibration (NVH) and in ultrasound, added to his skills as a high-level manager, makes him an asset and a guarantee of success for Sonoscope.
VIRGINIE PELLETIER, B. Sc.
Virginie Pelletier, B. Sc.
Virginie Pelletier holds a Graduate diploma in management from HEC Montreal, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. In addition to her studies, she has worked for almost 15 years among emergency care teams, to whom she provided the administrative support necessary for the optimal conduct of operational activities.
As part of her current duties, she has also completed the Acceleration program at Centech Montreal, allowing her to possess a comprehensive and analytical understanding of the entire technological project. Her mandate at Sonoscope aims to support the management team in all of its activities, to set up the administrative structures and procedures necessary for the growth of the company and to optimize all medical training activities.
Senior Software Developer
Timothée holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science (M.Sc) and has been working in the medical industry as a software developer for the past ten years.
Having worked in orthopedics, dentistry, endoscopy and now targeted ultrasound, Timothée has had the opportunity throughout his career to develop innovative medical products including lasers, robotics, scanners and artificial intelligence.
Doctorate Computer vision Specialist
Ted Tchinde is a PhD candidate in software engineering and information technology, specializing in the field of data analysis in medical imaging.
He holds a certificate in Surgical Innovation at the graduate level, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.
His mandate at Sonoscope is the development and integration of mathematical algorithms for ultrasound image processing.
FOLAKE ANTONIA KAYODE
Biomedical Software Designer
Folake Antonia Kayode
Folake is a biomedical engineering graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto. Her studies concentrated on software engineering, biomedical signals and imaging. Her final engineering design project incorporated 3D imaging to develop custom prosthetics, which she presented at the Ontario-Wide Software Engineering Capstone Projects Competition. Her previous experiences include her role as a research student at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, with a lab focusing on image guidance technologies, specifically using intravascular ultrasound. In 2018, she received one of the Sunnybrook Research Institute Studentship Awards. In her spare time she enjoys participating in hackathons and listening to showtunes.
Adele recently graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Translation. She joined the Sonoscope team in November 2020 as an administrative assistant.
10 years of growth
- 2010 : Creation of EGLS
- 2011 : Innovation Award from the Collège des médecins de Québec
- 2012 to 2015 : Cofounders are invited to teach their approach as guest-speakers to the prestigious Harvard University
- 2012 : Mobile application EGLS Shock-Echo is officially launched
- 2014: SONOSCOPE becomes an official training provider for the Canadian Space Agency
- 2015-2020 : Invitation to participate in numerous podcasts, downloaded by more thousands of users
- 2016 : Publication of the EGLS book
- 2017 :Development of partnerships in different countries (South Africa, England, India, Australia et New-Zeland)
- 2017: Founders co-chair on the World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education (28 countries / 600 participants)
- 2017 : EGLS educational platform is officially launched
- 2019 : Inauguration of SONOSCOPE’s headquarters in Longueuil
- 2020 : Completion of the Centech’s (ÉTS) Acceleration program and selection in the Propulsion program
- 2020: SONOSCOPE wins the Coup de coeur Scholarship of the Centech’s Acceleration Program