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Clinical Trials Evidence Gaps: A Need for Real World Evidence Informed by Digital Technologies

Turning real-world data, a vast repository gathered from multiple sources, into usable real-world evidence requires the use of methodologies that appropriately fit the purpose. As noted by Scott Gottlieb, the US FDA Commissioner in September, “We need to close the evidence gap between the information we use to make FDA’s decisions and the evidence increasingly used by the medical community, by payers, and by others charged with making healthcare decisions,”

Thus Real World Evidence (RWE) studies are being looked at as a means to supplement data obtained in randomized controlled clinical trials by filling in critical evidence gaps surrounding how well treatment interventions work in typical health care settings. RWE will also inform tangible actions to be taken to better manage efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. Mobile platforms and digital technology will be an integral part of RWE strategies, as they offer the means to understand patient co-morbidities associated with disease, patient adherence and compliance to drug treatment and the differences between interventions’ performance in a broader population versus the context of clinical trials.

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Meet Dr. Eitan Kerem and Dr. Khandra Salami of Project Rozana

Join us to learn about Project Rozana, a joint Israeli-Palestinian, community-wide, multi-faith health initiative seeking to create pathways to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Two of Project Rozana’s doctors, Dr. Khadra Hasan Ali Salami, a Palestinian pediatric oncologist from Augusta Victoria Hospital and Professor Eitan Kerem, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Hadassah Medical Organization, will discuss their cooperative work which is saving lives, developing Palestinian health care capacity, and building bridges to peace.

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Think like an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting your own business. In fact, you can apply entrepreneurial thinking across every career field and industry, whether you’re building a business or working for someone else. This hands-on workshop will show you how to think like an entrepreneur and develop skills around adaptability, self-direction, creative thinking and problem-solving—tools that can help you take control and be successful no matter what career path you choose.

When:  Saturday, January 20 from 10am-11am

Where:  89 Chestnut

RBCDisruptors: Sidewalk Toronto: The city of the future

Toronto is poised to be the city of the future, and the world is watching.

Sidewalk Toronto – a joint effort between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs – is expected to be revolutionary in building the digitally-connected “smart city” of the future. The project, located in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront (Quayside), will tackle the challenges of urban growth and aims to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation.

We each create more than 500 megabytes of digital data per day. How can cities take advantage to build urban design with that data?

Join us on Jan. 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (EDT) as we explore the implications of building a “smart city” with Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs.

Our Speaker

Dan Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs

LSO Networking Night

Please join the LSO members and other industry individuals for February’s Networking Night at Marche Restaurant. It will be a casual opportunity to meet and network with people from all across the Life Sciences industry.

LSO is the voice of Ontario’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector through advocacy, education and promotion of commercial success. Please drop by anytime after work and join us for drinks (cash bar) and build your own network. We hope to see you all there.

Please RSVP for this event so we have proper space saved at Marche. Please click here to register.
Free to attend for members and non-members

LSO Breakfast

Online Webinar Option Available
LSO continues our live webinar of the Breakfast meeting. Register here and select the “Online Webinar” ticket to join in.

Speakers & Topic: National Support for Innovation

  • Robert Verhagen, CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics
  • Gordon McCauley, President & CEO, Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • Nicole Forgione, Business Development Lead, Strategic Partnerships, CCRM

H2i client ImmunoBiochem winners in the RESI Innovation Challenge

We are pleased to share some great news – ImmunoBiochem has won second place in the RESI Innovation Challenge during the JPM Healthcare Conference Week in San Francisco.

ImmunoBiochem is a privately held biopharmaceutical company solving the problem of tumor heterogeneity by targeting unique proteins enriched in the secretomes of cancer cells with Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) – a promising class of biological anticancer therapeutics. ImmunoBiochem has identified a class of molecular targets that are secreted by cancer cells, but not healthy cells, and possess unique properties enabling the highly-selective delivery of toxic payloads to cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. ImmunoBiochem’s next-generation biologics aim to offer a superior safety profile and broad therapeutic window. Lead candidate, IMB-212, is aimed at a well-characterized cancer biomarker supported by a wealth of clinical data, and is being developed for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) – an aggressive disease for which no targeted biologics treatment options are available.

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IT’S A START is one of Toronto’s most anticipated pitch competitions, organized annually by the Digital Media and Incubator at George Brown College. It takes place from April 26 – 28 at the Corus Quay.

This competition provides start-ups with the platform and support to kick start their innovative ideas, businesses and/services.

 The grand prize of IT’S A START 2018 includes $5k in cash, $3k of in-kind legal service, office space at George Brown College’s Incubator Space and assistance from industry advisors.

We request that you please circulate information about the closing deadline with your contacts, as it is approaching shortly. We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs, new startups, students or recent graduates.

Full detail can be found here, and application submission can be made online.

2018 mini-MBA program!

The Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA), in conjunction with H2i is proud to announce our 2018 mini-MBA program!

This 10-lecture program will provide graduate students and post-docs with:

  • A grounding in fundamental business concepts
  • The opportunity to learn from business experts
  • The chance to apply this new knowledge directly to business cases

Course format:

The lectures will be taught by industry professionals with diverse backgrounds. Each class will consist of one-hour lecture on a specific topic, a mini group case practice on the same topic, followed by a group presentation of the solution. The course will cover concepts from the popular “Ten Day MBA” book, by Steven Silbiger. This year, the curriculum of MiniMBA program will cover:

  • Consulting Skills & Case Analysis
  • Marketing and Market Entry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Accounting
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Economics
  • Strategy
  • How to Succeed in Case Competitions

At the end of the course, students will have the option to participate in a case competition, which will be judged by a panel of consultants.

**Please note, this is a very popular offering and our waiting lists are usually full. If you cannot attend ALL of the lectures please consider taking the class the next time that it is offered**


The program will run on U of T St. George campus on February 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28. Lectures will be held from 6-8 pm. We will release locations and speaker information to selected members.

The case for the optional case competition will be released on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Coaches’ Corner will be on Monday, March 5th, 2018, and the competition on Friday, March 9th, 2018.

The course book “Ten Day MBA” by Silbiger may also be purchased separately (soft/hard copy, recommended reading).


How to apply:

Please apply on our website here.

For those who are H2i clients please indicate this in Department/program box on the application form.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST)

No late applications will be accepted. Spaces are limited and successful applicants will be notified through email by Monday, January 29th.

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