Fireside at FemSTEM: 
In Conversation with Dr. Gabriella Chan

Join H2i on February 7th, 2024 as we sit down with special guest, Dr. Gabriella Chan!

What is Fireside at FemSTEM?

Fireside at FemSTEM is an interactive conversation series held each winter as part of H2i’s broader FemSTEM programming. 

During each Fireside, we sit down and chat with one incredible speaker. Speakers are distinguished women within the health entrepreneurship space and are joined by members of the H2i and UTE community as moderators. This Fireside will be moderated by H2i Team Member Fraidianie Sévigné.

Audience members are able to submit questions via chat to be posed by the moderator. A 15-minute open networking session enabling audience members to mingle with our speaker and moderator will close out each event. 

Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Gabriella Chan is a lawyer, scientist, educator, and startup mentor.

Gabriella is the founder of Yocto Law® Professional Corporation, a boutique law firm that advises startups and other stakeholders in the life sciences and health technology sectors. Her diverse background and tangible business experience enriches her ability to empathize with her clients’ challenges and to tailor her advice to their immediate and long-term legal needs.

Gabriella honed her analytical skills working on toward her doctorate in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, particularly malaria and SARS-CoV. Her work was supported by the University of Toronto’s prestigious Connaught Scholarship and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award. As a post-doctoral researcher, she participated in the development of nanotechnology-based hand-held diagnostic devices.

While completing her scientific training, Gabriella began working with a University of Toronto biotechnology spinout and liaising with the company’s lawyers. In her role as Intellectual Property and Technology Manager, Gabriella identified a gap – scientists don’t speak legalize and lawyers don’t always appreciate the science behind their clients’ inventions and products. To bridge that gap, Gabriella pursued a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School with a focus in business and intellectual property and trained at a national Bay Street law firm in Toronto. Before founding her own law firm, she continued to hone her legal skills in her role as Vice President of Legal Affairs at another Toronto-area nanotechnology startup.

Driven by her goal to educate students about the importance of intellectual property and the arc of translation and commercialization of inventions, Gabriella became a core faculty member in the Translational Research Program at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine. In that role she developed and teaches modules on topics ranging from intellectual property, licensing, contract negotiation, privacy, regulatory affairs, and commercialization.

Next Up for FemSTEM 2024:

Fireside at FemSTEM: Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon | February 21, 2024 | 4 – 5 PM (Zoom) REGISTER

Fireside at FemSTEM: Dr. Yasaman Soudagar | March 5, 2024 | 4 – 5 PM (in-person) REGISTER

2024 FemSTEM Pitch Competition | March 26, 2024 | 3 – 5 PM (in-person)