Biohealth Innovation week is a dynamic bootcamp that will bring together the key players in Montreal’s Biohealth sector to provide informative workshops and panel discussions. You will have the opportunity to discover the latest trends in Biohealth, network with Life-Science Startups, Venture Capitalists and the leading community players in Montreal’s bio-innovation ecosystem.
Workshop: Design Thinking in Life Sciences
3 – 5 p.m.
Design Thinking is a method that helps people with any background become more effective at brainstorming and iterating quickly during projects. In this session, we will experience the steps and methods involved in Design Thinking and apply them right away within tight timeframes. Through practice and discussion, we will learn what it means to use Design Thinking, when it’s most effective and how it can be used in your own Life Science projects.
Panel: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Montreal Bio-Innovation Ecosystem
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
We may not have yet unraveled the mysteries of the universe, but we can start by unraveling the mysteries of the Montreal Bio-Innovation ecosystem!
Don’t Panic. It’s probably the first helpful or intelligible thing anyone’s said to you all day. Together, we’ll help you begin your journey through the ecosystem aided by a dynamic panel of veterans and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers. Montreal’s leading community players of bio-innovation, including MEDTEQ, and NEOMED, will be sharing a not-so-distant-future of exciting developments in life science entrepreneurship that you can blast off with in the coming years. Our veteran panelists will discuss how the trifecta overlords of academia, government and industry work together to transform the Bio-entrepreneurial landscape in Montreal. You’ll know who’s who, and more importantly, who can help.
Workshop: Product Development and Quality Management for Biomed and Biotech
3 – 5 p.m.
Prototyping and testing are the best way to create successful products, but many biomed and biotech entrepreneurs and researchers skip this important step and use gut instinct instead. Why invest time, resources and effort in building something nobody wants? Save months, even years, in your entrepreneurial or research journey!
Having a clear understanding of regulatory and quality management processes in biomed and biotech sectors will accelerate the transfer of your medical and bio-technologies.
Whether you are an entrepreneur in the early stages of your journey, a student, or a recent graduate interested in creating or joining biomedtech startups, this workshop will provide you with the fundamentals of quality management and regulations. We’ll also show you how prototyping is more than just a design tool by demonstrating how they can help you bring your research to market, gain internal buy-in, and test feasibility.
Workshop will be provided by Christian Beaubien and Stephane Rousseau from ADI Accelerator and Caroline Lau from Avisio Qualité.
Panel: Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Life Sciences
5:30 –7:30 p.m.
Why should researchers in life sciences keep up learning new technology trends?
Bioprinting, gene editing and miniaturization technologies such as microfluidics are disrupting biohealth sectors. This panel discussion will bring together startups and researchers who are using these technologies to accelerate the development of therapies in fields such as oncology, neuroscience, and stem cell research.
Join us for this informative panel if you work with these technologies, are interested in learning about their potential applications, or simply want to be up to date about today’s trends in life sciences research and development.
Margaret Magdesian from Ananda Devices
Joseph Kinsella from McGill University, Department of Bioengineering
Workshop: Wearable Technology: How to Hack Biohealth Signals
3 – 5 p.m.
The advancement of wearable technology has brought it to the forefront of shaping the future of personalized health and well-being. Wearable technology has been enabling us to monitor body function and collect information at the same time. This has led to influencing the medical industry by growing demand from consumers and stakeholders to leverage the accessibility of data generated in remote long-term monitoring contexts.
Vital Tracer, a technology company developing affordable smartwatches that collect medical-grade biometric information, is providing this workshop. The session will give an overview of the collection of applications for biosignal monitoring. Live demos and a mini hackathon with Vital Tracer devices will follow the session.
Panel: AI in Life Sciences – How AI is Supporting Advancement of Biohealth Research
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Montreal is now a major global hub for artificial intelligence. Are you curious to learn how to use AI to accelerate research and entrepreneurship in life sciences sectors? This revolution is happening right around the corner.
Made in Montreal startups and AI institutes will be discussing opportunities of applying AI within the life sciences. Panelists will share what they have learned building AI solutions in this realm.
You can expect to hear about applications of artificial intelligence in domains such as chemistry, pharmaceuticals, health monitoring and drug discovery. Panelists will also help you understand where to find help if you are looking to use AI in bioresearch or to commercialize AI-life science companies.
Workshop: How do you Evaluate the Financial Health of your Business? Finance for Life Science Companies
3 – 5 p.m.
Financial Modeling is essential to business, and the aim of the workshop is to provide entrepreneurs in the life sciences with practical skills in using accounting data to make decisions, and in reading financial statements to effectively manage their business, to converse with investors, stakeholders and bookkeepers on a more interactive level.
This workshop is designed to show the entrepreneur how to read and use key data from the financial statements, to understand how a business manages its profitability and cash flow.The 2 hour workshop will use the two main statements, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement, to manage the cash flow cycle from purchases to banking the cash.
By the end of the workshop, candidates will be able to efficiently read the main financial statements, and using a number of key figures, develop a story line of the effectiveness of the business in generating sales revenue through to cash flow.
Workshop will be facilitated by Alex Sigal from Premier Executive Suites.
Panel: Demystifying Investment in Life Science Startups
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Listen to flash presentations from Cann Forecast, Affinite Instruments and Shaddari.
Startup investing is about more than just money—the best investors bring contacts, relationships, and industry expertise to open up markets previously unavailable to most entrepreneurs.
When you connect with the right investor, it’s like finding a new partner. Raising funds is all about connecting with the investor who’s right for you.
Learn how your Life Sciences startup can leverage the local investment ecosystem. You’ll gain invaluable insight into how investors view valuations, due diligence, friends and family money, crowdfunding, team building, scalability, iteration, exit strategies--and much more.
Leading early stage venture capitalists and investors will be joining this panel to share insights on their investment strategies, core areas of interest and best practices when engaging with strategic investors.
Wondering how to make your job search strategic? This workshop will help you understand the recruitment process and master job search tools.
After attending it will be easier for you to identify the needs of companies and institutions in terms of skills, know the recruiter’s approach in the search and selection of candidates, and understand the expectations of recruiters.
You will also learn where you should be searching for job offers, how to decipher a job advertisement and how to make your CV and cover letter more attractive.
The workshop will be provided by Adoc Talent Management
Panel and Recruitment Event : Making the Right Choice – Bringing Together Talent and Employers
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
Key organizations working to link talent with employers will be sharing their experience as mediators in the recruitment process. What could employers & candidates do better to find the right fit without struggle?
Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for talent for your startup, or a student/recent graduate looking for job exciting opportunities, this panel will provide you with strategies to facilitate your search. We will also be showcasing current job & internship opportunities targeted to graduates in life sciences.