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Sunnybrook Medventions Innovation Day 2019

When: Monday, March 18, 2019 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG61

Theme of the day: Canadian Medtech Goes Mainstream?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre presents the Sunnybrook Medventions Innovation Day (formerly, Schulich Innovation Research Day).

Canada’s healthcare sector is a major source of spending for federal and provincial governments; however, it is also an important driver of economic growth. The healthcare and medical devices sectors contribute to Canada’s wealth by improving health outcomes and creating jobs.

The medtech sector in Canada boasts an impressive and steadily growing diversity of companies in terms of size, focus, product and maturity level. While there remain some challenging commercialization and innovation roadblocks, Canadian innovators are most likely to benefit from new partnerships and collaboration models, forthcoming investments, and enhanced regulatory, reimbursement and harmonization processes.

This year’s innovation day will provide discussions on these crucial enablers, shedding light on how Canada is progressively adapting for innovation in the medical technology space. The day will help Canadian innovators harness resources they need to move their research through all stages of development to commercialization and growth.

The event is open to industry, academia, clinicians, scientists, and students interested in medical devices innovation and commercialization.

Attendance is free but space is limited. Registration is required.

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Program Outline


Sunnybrook Medventions Innovations Day

“Canadian Medtech Goes Mainstream?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, McLaughlin Lecture Theatre EG-61 (E-wing, Ground Floor)

Monday, March 18th, 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Registration & Morning Refreshments

08:00 – 08:05

08:05 – 08:10

Welcoming Remarks:
Michael Julius
, PhD, Vice-President, Research, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Opening Remarks:|
Andy Smith
, MD, FRCPC, President & CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

08:10 – 08:15


Graham Wright, PhD
Research Director, Schulich Heart Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Session: 1: Global and Industry Perspectives | Moderator: Bradley Strauss MD, PhD

  08:15 – 08:45

Keynote Lecture:

The New Age of Healthcare

Peter Fitzgerald, Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Technology at Stanford University

08:45 – 09:10

Realizing the Potential of Canadian Medtech

Armen Bakirtzian
CEO and Co-Founder, Intellijoint Surgical Inc.

09:10 – 09:35

Lessons for Clinicians Wishing to Invent Medical Devices

Wayne Poll
Medical Devices and Laparoscopic Surgery Consultant and Chief Operating Officer, FloShield Inc..

09:35 – 10:00

Big Data and The Future of Health Innovation

Sachin Aggarwal
CEO, Think Research Inc.

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

Session: 2: Government’s Role in Accelerating Innovation | Moderator: Graham Wright, PhD

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote Lecture:

What governments can and cannot do to accelerate innovation

The Honourable Frank Baylis, Liberal Member of Parliament for the Federal Riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard, Chairman of the Board, Baylis Medical Inc.

11:00 – 11:25

Looking Ahead: What’s Next for Health Product Regulation?

David Lee
Chief Regulatory Officer for the Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

11:25 – 11:50

Recent Trends in Research Ethics: Focus on Canadian MedTech

Brian Murray
Affiliate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute, and Chair,
Research Ethics Board, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

11:50 – 12:15

The Role of CADTH in Supporting Innovation

Harindra Wijeysundera
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine & IHPME, University
of Toronto, Vice-President, Medical Devices and Clinical Intervention, CADTH

12:15 – 12:30


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch in McLaughlin Auditorium (GE18a)

Session 3: Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry | Moderator: Brian Courtney, MD, MSEE, FRCPC

13:30– 14:00

Keynote Lecture:

Innovation and the relationship between industry &academia: Lessons from the past, Focusing on the future

Robert Mitchell, President Emeritus, Endologix

14:00 – 14:25

Medical Innovation and the Changing Healthcare Marketplace

Ken Spears
Vice-President and General Manager, Boston Scientific Inc., Canada

14:25 – 14:50

Lessons Learned in MedTech: Moving from Development to Commercialization

Laura Conquergood
Vice-President, Operations, Baylis Medical Inc.

14:50 – 15:15

Do Radical Ideas Have a Place in Medtech?

Larry Smith
Adjunct Associate Professor; Director of the Problem Lab, University of Waterloo

15:15 – 15:25


15:25 – 15:30

Closing Remarks: Brian Courtney, MD, MSEE, FRCPC

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Reception

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