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      September 12, 2019

      Thursday   5:00 PM

      2075 Bayview Avenue , Lecture Theatre M6-502
      Toronto, Ontario

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      Medtech Strategic Trends & Start-up Strategy

      This workshop comprises two 60-minute interactive sessions with leading medical device and healthcare innovation experts who will share their views of the current issues and future challenges in the medical device technology industry. In the first session, William Mitchell and Gail Garland will discuss and debate the hottest issues and trends that are shaping the medical device industry in Canada. Attendees will be able to get unparalleled insight into the current state of the medical device industry. In the second session, Brian Courtney will discuss key points in starting up a medical device company, drawing reference to his experience in co-founding 3 such companies over the past 20 years. Topics will include team-formation, idea generation, patenting, fundraising, challenges and rewards.  Agenda: 5:00-6:00pm: Industry Insights & Strategic Trends 6:00-6:15pm: Break and Networking Mixer (Light dinner will be served) 6:15-7:30pm: Medical Device Start-up Strategy N.B. A live webcast will NOT be available for this session. About Our Speakers: William Mitchell: Will Mitchell serves as a Professor of Strategic Management and Co-Academic Director, Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences Program at Rotman, where he holds the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization and Co-Director, Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences. Will studies business dynamics in developed and emerging markets, investigating how businesses change as their competitive environments change and, in turn, how business changes contribute to ongoing corporate and social performance. Will teaches courses in corporate strategy, emerging market strategy, entrepreneurial strategy, and pharmaceutical and other health sector strategy. He serves as a board member of Neuland Laboratories, Ltd. (Hyderabad). Gail Garland: Gail Garland is the founder and CEO of OBIO®, a not-for-profit, membership-based organization championing the development of an integrated health innovation economy for Ontario. Gail established OBIO in partnership with dozens of like-minded industry CEOs to advance the goal of making Ontario into a world-leading health innovation sector where health science companies will flourish, as well as a global leader in providing health technology products and services to the international marketplace. Since 2009, OBIO has developed and implemented a province-wide strategic vision called OBEST (Ontario Bioscience Economic Strategy Team). Building from that strategy, OBIO published a series of white papers – in collaboration with industry executives, health system leaders, and academics – that identify the highest priority issues facing Ontario’s health science economy, like access to capital, access to industry-ready business talent, and innovation adoption. OBIO’s reports led directly to the establishment of OBIO solutions-focused programming, like CAAP® (Capital Access Advisory Program) in 2013 to increase deal flow for high potential early stage companies, HealthMINT in 2015 to help boost investability of seed stage companies, and H2BB™, the Health to Business Bridge™ internship program in 2016, which combines OBIO’s deep-rooted relationships across academia and industry to improve access to industry-ready business talent. In 2019, OBIO will pilot a Technology Early Adoption program (TEA) to advance companies towards commercialization and local and government procurement. In 2020, OBIO will hold its third annual Niagara Investment Summit to attract global capital to Canadian companies. Gail serves on the Board of Governors Carleton University; the Biotechnology Advisory Committee at Humber College; the Canadian Life Sciences Advisory Counsel for Springboard Enterprises; and the Advisory Board for the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of Waterloo. Gail is the Industry Chair of the OBIO MPP Health Sciences Caucus and serves on the Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Value-Based Healthcare Canada. Gail holds a Chartered Director (CDir) designation in governance (McMaster), an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), and a BSc. (Carleton University). Gail is a recipient of the Arbor Award for Exceptional Volunteer Service to the University of Toronto and in 2017 she was named one of Carleton University’s seventy-five best graduates in celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary. Brian Courtney: Dr. Brian Courtney is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Clinician Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He also performs and teaches interventional cardiology procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Brian’s research is focused on the development of medical technologies, with a focus on minimally invasive cardiovascular devices and imaging technologies. After completing a degree in computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, he helped develop clinical instruments used by neurologists. He then did a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he co-founded two medical device companies in the Bay Area and completed his medical degree. He then returned to Toronto to complete his residency training in medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology while continuing his research. Brian is a principal co-founder and CEO of Conavi Medical Inc., a scale-up company that is developing minimally invasive imaging systems that employs over 90 people. Dr. Courtney is also the director of the Medventions program at Sunnybrook, which teaches medical technology development through a series of seminars, conferences and a full-time, four month fellowship program. He is a co-inventor on a broad range of patents and enjoys working with people across a range of disciplines to improve medical care through entrepreneurship and innovation. Brian has taken an active role in providing feedback to the federal and provincial governments on how to improve Canada’s competitiveness in the medical technology sector.

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