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MaRS Studio Y Launch Student Work-Integrated Learning Fellowship

You’re invited to attend the official launch of the new MaRS Student Work-Integrated Learning (SWIL) Fellowship. The program will connect 400 Canadian university students to paid internships with scaling ventures in the MaRS ecosystem over the next three years. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, will join us for this special announcement.

Date: November 24, 2017
Arrival: 8:30 a.m.
Announcement: 9:00 a.m.
Location: MaRS Centre (Atrium), 101 College St., Toronto, ON

Register here

HealthEDGE 2017/2018: Devices for better care, better health & better science.

HealthEDGE Challenge:


Join us 
Monday November 20th
4-7pm @ Autodesk
to kick off HealthEDGE 2017/2018.

Hear from Medical Device Startups in our community and learn more about this year’s events.

The HealthEDGE Challenge focuses on further supporting and encouraging early stage ideation and prototyping of solutions that address real healthcare challenges. This is achieved through targeted workshops, mentorships and a Pitch Competition to provide funding as well as access to partners, coaches and mentors to bring these solutions to life.

Due date for Pitch submissions and upcoming workshop dates will be announced on Nov 20th.

Click here to RSVP
Click here to learn more

Exploring Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business with President of Prairie Girl Cupcakes

Thinking about starting your own business, either full-time or on the side? on Nov 15, 2017 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM Learn from a local entrepreneur, President of Prairie Girl Bakery, Jean Blacklock.

Jean will be sharing her story of how she got started and sharing some secrets for success. She will help answer any questions for students interested in starting their own business.

In the session you will explore steps to consider to become an entrepreneur or business owner.

Topics include:
• business ideas
• forms of business ownership,
• how to seek opportunity,
• create deliver value and
• strategies and considerations when building a business.

Students can sign up through, clicking “Events & Workshops Calendar” and selecting “St. George Career Exploration & Education” and searching “Exploring Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business with President of Prairie Girl Cupcakes”

Medical startups compete for $15,000 in prizes at U of T accelerator’s pitch event

From using seal oil to treat nerve damage to a new tool to aid minimally invasive surgery, entrepreneurs from the University of Toronto and beyond tested out health-focused business ideas during the Health Innovation Hub’s (H2i) recent pitch competition.

Six startups presented their ideas before a panel of three judges at U of T’s ONRamp co-working space for entrepreneurs before being questioned about their products, markets and business models.

One of the winning startups, called Xpan, took home $5,000 for its attempt to improve on a surgical device called a trocar, a T-shaped implement used to create a portal into the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery.

The problem? Existing trocars must be replaced during surgery if bigger tools are needed. So Xpan created an expandable trocar that promises to speed up procedures and reduce complications.

“Xpan will be creating a new surgical gold standard, saving lives and saving money,” Zaid Atto, a U of T graduate in biomedical engineering, told the judges.

Back in September, Atto and his team, which includes Seray Cicek and Chevis Dilbert, as well as Chris Bouwmeester, an assistant professor, teaching stream in U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, took home a $10,000 prize for Xpan at a similar pitch competition at the Entrepeneurship Hatchery’s Demo Day. They developed the device after Priscilla Chiu, a surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children, relayed the problem to Bouwmeester, who, in turn, presented it to his fourth-year class. Continue Reading

Celebrate 100 years of innovation at U of T

One hundred years ago, Dr. John Gerald FitzGerald (pictured right) combined his passion for medicine, his scientific knowledge and U of T’s resources to manufacture and widely distribute vaccines and produce insulin. For nearly two centuries, the University of Toronto has extended the boundaries of knowledge through research and innovation to address some of the world’s most important questions and spurring economic growth.

Join U of T’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation Vivek Goel, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Interim Dean Adalsteinn Brown, and Faculty of Medicine Dean Trevor Young for a discussion about how today’s health researchers and system innovators are narrowing the gap between research and impact while keeping health-care accessible to all.


Leah Cowen
Professor, Molecular Genetics, U of T Medicine

Emily Seto
Assistant Professor, Health Informatics, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Laura Rosella
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Panel: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Reception: 7:00-8:00 PM

Hart House Great Hall

7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Click here to register by November 3, 2017

Techna Rounds: Enabling a Digital Health Ecosystem with a Data as a Service Platform

Enabling a Digital Health Ecosystem with a Data as a Service Platform

Every aspect of a Digital Health Ecosystem is enabled by data. Health IT (HIT) components of the ecosystem either create data, consume data or both. Data is the “fuel” for everything we do using HIT. It starts with finding the right patient with key identifying information, viewing patient data for decision making, and capturing data electronically in the patient record. Patient specific data is used in various ways including clinical decision support,
chronic disease management, orders, referrals, monitoring and managing medical devices, analytics, research, andin the very near future for artificial intelligence and automation. One of the big challenges in effectively using the data has been and still is interoperability. Therefore, we need to rethink the paradigm for interoperability and
embrace others that don’t constrain us to an approach which relies on pre-defined exchange of information via
messages or documents.

This session will define a digital health ecosystem and core platform services along with
their critical success factors. It will introduce a new paradigm for interoperability based on the concept of Data asa Service.

By Dennis Giokas, MSc, President of Theoria Health Innovations Inc.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm on November 30, 2017 at Techna Institute, Banting Building, 100 College St. Room 131

H2i Client featured on DailyMail – The ‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton that can let disabled children walk again

A Canadian startup has developed a device that allows children with disabilities to walk.

A new exoskeleton from Tréxō Robotics consists of robotic legs that can attach to any walker and give kids with Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, and other immobilizing conditions the chance to escape the bounds of a wheel chair and move on their own.

While similar devices exist for adults, creating an exoskeleton for children came with unique challenges, and this is the first time it’s been done. Continue reading


H2i Client in UofT Magazine – How a Verbal Test Can Reveal Your Brain Health

WinterLight Labs analyzes speech for evidence of even mild dementia. All patients need to do is describe a picture

If you’ve ever worried that you or a loved one has cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve likely gone this route: an apprehensive trip to the family doctor; a battery of physical and mental tests; a referral to a specialist several months and many kilometres away; an anxious wait; finally, a stranger in a lab coat coming with more pencil-and-paper tests on spelling, word memorization and math. Continue Reading

A space for startups: U of T’s ONRamp to connect Ontario entrepreneurs

One of the biggest challenges Albert Tai faced when launching a startup was finding the space to do it.

The co-founder of Hypercare, a communication and collaboration app for doctors, recalls bouncing from classroom to coffee shop at the University of Toronto as he and his team looked for places to hold meetings and work on their idea.

But that’s all about to change with Wednesday’s official launch of U of T Entrepreneurship’s new ONRamp facility, a 15,000-square-foot collaboration and co-working space catering to entrepreneurs and their startups.

Located in the Banting building, ONRamp will not only connect entrepreneurs and startups from across U of T’s extensive network of entrepreneurship hubs, but throughout southern Ontario via partnerships with Hamilton’s McMaster University and London’s Western University.  Continue Reading


SNG Hawk’s Nest

Sunnybrook Next Generation brings you Hawk’s Nest

November 21, @MaRS Discovery District, 4 medical technology startups will come out and pitch an all-star panel of judges + a room full of 300+ savvy guests.

The pitches will be followed by a tough Q&A from the panel and will be scored across a set of categories.

At the end of the night the winner will be crowned by audience vote. The champ will earn non-dilutive funding to the tune of 50% of the net proceeds from the event, up to a maximum of $50,000! While the rest of the money raised will be donated to the highest priority needs of the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

A lovely reception will precede our Main Event, featuring an open bar and some serious food. We will also be hosting upwards of 25 booths from other Canadian Medical Technology Startups. Find more information here