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.
Members of the management team
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
Creation of EGLS
Awarded by the Collège des médecins de Québec.
Invitation to Harvard University
Cofounders are invited to teach their approach as guest-speakers to the prestigious Harvard University.
Lunching of EGLS Shock-Echo
Mobile application EGLS Shock-Echo is officially launched. Available on App Store and Google Play.
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.
Publication of the EGLS book
Step by step ultrasound for shock resuscitation
Development of partnerships in different countries (South Africa, England, India, Australia et New-Zeland). Founders co-chair on the World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education (28 countries / 600 participants). EGLS educational platform is officially launched.
Inauguration of SONOSCOPE’s headquarters in Longueuil
Completion of the Centech’s (ÉTS) Acceleration program and selection in the Propulsion program. SONOSCOPE wins the Coup de coeur Scholarship of the Centech’s Acceleration Program