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Sunnybrook Medventions Day 2020

When: Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Theme of the day: Scaling Up Medical Device Innovations in the Era of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating impacts on healthcare systems and has brought irreversible changes to the entire global economy. It has caused massive strain on the healthcare workforce and clinical infrastructure and has posed enormous demand for innovative medical technologies and diagnostic interventions. Furthermore, it has required health system stakeholders around the world to cooperate to unprecedented levels to uncover innovative ways to overcome challenges and embrace opportunities during these challenging times.

Therefore, as industry, academia and governments around the world continue to struggle with the effects of a pandemic of this nature, the healthcare industry, and medical devices sector, in particular, have become the centerpiece of the recovery and rejuvenation efforts from this health crisis.

This year’s innovation day will address topics related to the scaling up phase of medical device development in these challenging times, and the creation of an ecosystem that enables Canada to leverage its strong manufacturing base, skilled manpower and supportive government initiatives to grow the medical devices sector to not only support domestic requirements, but to also cater to the emergent global healthcare needs.

Special speakers to look forward to include:

  • Giora Weisz, Interventional Cardiologist, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA
  • Andrew Needles, Site General Manager, Toronto, FUJIFILM, VisualSonics Inc.
  • Samantha Hill, President-Elect, Ontario Medical Association
  • Suzanne Baron, Interventional Cardiologist, Burlington, MA
  • Andy Smith, CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Jane Desrochers, Innovation Manager, New Ventures, Innovate Calgary
  • William Jones, Product Manager, Baylis Medical Inc.


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.

Click here to register

Agenda and full schedule will be available soon.

Any questions can be directed to Jean Rookwood at