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Pillars of Health: Connecting Innovators

Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017
Time: 4PM-7PM
Location: JLabs @ Toronto, 661 University Ave, Suite 1300

Guests MUST register.  Space is limited.

Pillars of Health is a networking event to connect health science innovators across research, hospital administration, government, and industry from around the GTA.  It is a community building event around improving healthcare by leveraging four key communities and connecting them in a meaningful and impactful way with facilitated networking and open discussion.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to come face to face with mentors, hospital administrators, industry experts, government officials and key opinion leaders to exchange ideas and information.  It is an excellent opportunity to share your visions for the future of healthcare, develop relationships and initiate collaborations.


  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm: registration & welcome
  • 4:15pm – 6pm: facilitated networking
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: open mingling & discussion

Food and refreshments will be provided.

All attendees MUST be registered.

If you are unable to attend, PLEASE be sure to cancel your ticket as SPACE is LIMITED. 

About JLabs:
JLABS @ Toronto is a 40,000-square-foot life sciences incubator, providing entrepreneurs with shared lab space, offices and modular lab suites. The labs provide a flexible environment for start-up companies pursuing new technologies and research platforms to advance medical care. JLABS @ Toronto also links the entrepreneurs of Toronto with the full breadth of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, including opportunities for funding, third-party services, educational events and R&D experts from medical technology, consumer healthcare product and Janssen pharmaceutical teams. As with all the other JLABS sites, JLABS @ Toronto is a “no strings attached” model, Johnson & Johnson Innovation does not take an equity stake in the companies occupying JLABS and the companies are free to develop products – either on their own, or by initiating a separate external partnership with Johnson & Johnson Innovation or any other company.

Community Partners:


Help us find Canada’s next Exponential Leader

Help us find Canada’s next Exponential Leader

What is your BIG idea to improve the standard of living of 1M+ Canadians over the next 3 to 5 years using exponential technology?

This challenge is an open call to entrepreneurs, technologists, and scientists for innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Canada, with an ability to scale and impact millions of people worldwide in the next 10 years.

The SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge strives to celebrate and promote change agents and their high impact ideas; align them as thought leaders for innovation, exponential change, and positive social change; and open national and local conversations about innovation in Canada.

The winner of this challenge receives guaranteed entrance to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program, Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center.

Be Exponential.     

Submit your BIG idea by Feb 15, 2017


A true bench-to-bedside event – Heart Failure Conference

A true bench-to-bedside event

This spring, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will join the Canadian Heart Failure Society to co-host a unique conference dedicated to reducing the impact of heart failure on patients and families.

Heart Failure Update, May 12-13 in Toronto, will unite physicians, residents, and nurses with principal investigators, fellows and research staff in a unique event that blends advances in clinical care with novel investigative research. It will feature a six-part joint session on advanced heart failure; plenary sessions on fibrosis, inflammation, regenerative medicine, right heart failure, and complex heart failure care; workshops; and lively debates.

An agenda brimming with international, Canadian and local experts will be published soon online.

Registration is now open: please note while there are fees to register, many delegates are eligible for reimbursement – including members of Ted Rogers Centre partners as well as medical residents and fellows across Canada.

H2i Commercialization Awards Kickstart Student Entrepreneurs

Awards Kickstart Student Entrepreneurs

Oct 24, 2016

Author:  Dan Haves

H2i Health Commercialization Award winners (l to r) Robert Brooks, Cameron Stewart, Alex Bibily and Mark CiceroH2i Health Commercialization Award winners (l to r) Robert Brooks, Cameron Stewart, Alex Bilbily and Mark Cicero

At this year’s Health Commercialization Awards, nine teams of U of T students had a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges. They were all vying for one of three $5,000 Student Entrepreneurial Fellowships to help them develop their ideas with support from the Health Innovation Hub (H2i). Whether they were breaking new ground or putting a fresh spin on an old idea, these students all had unique and innovative plans to improve health outcomes.

One of the winning pitches was from Radiology residents Mark Cicero and Alex Bilbily who are developing a system to automatically interpret chest x-rays through the use of machine learning. They’ve demonstrated this automation to reliably interpret chest x-rays as normal or abnormal with a 91% accuracy. Currently this work is done manually by radiologists and physicians and is a time-intensive process.

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Human Factors Informed Design – From Concept to Market Launch: Talk by Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

Tuesday, February 15th, 1:00 – 2:30pm
H2i, 263 McCaul St, Rm 120

– limited spaces available

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is Lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network (UHN), a state-of-the-art research facility devoted to the evaluation and design of healthcare technology, hosting seventy researchers and staff.

Dr. Cafazzo also serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UHN Healthcare Human Factors. Since 2010, he has led the team to perform academic research and human factors evaluation services for private companies and public institutions, including national and provincial governmental agencies, start-ups and multi-national companies, and clinical patient safety leaders. It has been applauded by the FDA for conducting the most rigorous human factors methods in the development of medical device technologies, and has assisted numerous US- and internationally-based medical device manufacturers in their premarket 510(k) submissions to the FDA. Healthcare Human Factors has attracted more than $8M in external funding from both public and private sector in the last 5 years and has grown to become the largest group of its kind internationally.

As a biomedical engineer, he has spent his entire career in a hospital setting. By observing healthcare delivery from the inside, he works on ways to keep people out of hospital by creating technologies that allow for self-care at home. At the same time, Dr. Cafazzo and his team are the biggest critics of poorly designed health technologies and their ineffectiveness. He surrounds himself with whip-smart, and passionate engineers and designers who are creating technologies that are spirited, modern, people-focused, and truly improve the patient experience.

At the University of Toronto, Dr. Cafazzo teaches as Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in the areas of clinical engineering, human factors, and health informatics.

Scientists Can Now Sequence DNA With a Smartphone

It was not so long ago that sequencing even tiny snippets of DNA was a costly, cumbersome process that required access to a state-the-art lab. Today, we are inching close to putting a DNA sequencer in every pocket.

This week, a team of researchers from UCLA and Sweden announced that they have built a microscope that uses the camera in a smartphone to detect the fluorescent products of DNA sequencing reactions in cells and tissues. What that means is that a doctor could plug the mobile-optimized microscope into a smartphone and perform targeted DNA sequencing and molecular analysis on things like tumors, in places that lack well-equipped medical labs and hospitals. The new tool, in theory, could allow doctors to perform high-end cancer diagnostics just about anywhere. Yes, we know, this sounds a lot like Star Trek’s Tricorder.

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Mini MBA

The Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA), in conjunction with H2i is proud to announce our 2017 mini-MBA program!

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

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

The lectures will be presented by industry professionals from diverse backgrounds.

For more details and how to register see here.  Registration deadline is January 23rd.