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DiscoveryLab Meetings

Advanced Tumor Diagnostics meeting with the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network in Calgary on June 19

Purpose: Early market engagement opportunity to create dialogue between members of the Cancer SCN and researchers, innovators, and companies that provide advanced tumor diagnostic solutions. This two-way dialogue will help enable AHS to consider and assess innovative diagnostic solutions to address priority problems in the health system and for Albertans. This will also be an opportunity to provide clinical insight and feedback into early market stages of development, ideas, prototypes, and evidence.

Artificial Intelligence meeting on June 4 at Concordia University Edmonton

Purpose: Engagement of new ventures, spin-outs and SMEs to offer support to researchers, innovators, and companies including those in the AI community. Develop a supportive network of business advisors active in mentoring early stage companies. Provide an opportunity for teams to present plans and obtain constructive feedback on taking their discoveries to market based on industry insight and expert feedback into development of intellectual property and commercialization strategies.

Agricultural business meeting on May 16 at TEC Edmonton

Purpose: Early market engagement opportunity to support researchers from ALES and external innovators, and companies involved in Ag-related business. This event will help enable researchers to present plans and obtain constructive feedback from any expert panel. This will also be an opportunity to provide industry insight and feedback into development of ideas, prototypes, and commercial products.

General Schedule for DiscoveryLab Meetings

Events may include a a series of short talks to frame the overall problem. We are aiming to build a more inclusive and focused culture of innovation in each area. This involves bringing together all those who can contribute to an open debate, develop consensus and develop solutions.

Individuals and teams are welcome to present a plan offering a viable solution to a supportive panel of business experts and investors in 10 minutes (or give a 2 minute elevator pitch) and receive free advice on how to progress their valuable ideas.

Early stage ventures, start-ups and SMEs are welcome to present at plans and will be given tailored advice on how to scale their plans and reach new markets.

Register below and send a non-technical, non-confidential executive summary of your plan at least one week beforehand to confirm your slot and prepare the advisors.

Anyone is welcome to pitch at the following themed events:

Ag-business, TEC Edmonton on May 16:

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AI & more, Concordia University on June 4:

Cancer Diagnostics, Calgary on June 19:

Past presenters at DiscoveryLab events include:

48 Hour Discovery by Samantha Kwok, Operations Manager

Antibiddies Technologies Inc. by David Marchant, Leanne Bilawchuk and Frederick West

Boron Heterocycles: New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall

Canadian BioSample Repository by Bruce Ritchie

Cheminger Inc. by Nataraj Pagadala

CliniSonics by Roger Zemp

Dealcloser by Amir Reshef, Founder and CEO

Entos Pharmaceuticals by John Lewis and Arun Raturi

Flu Fighting Chickens by Katharine Magor

Food Wastes to Alternative Energy by Peter Johnson, Faculty of Science

Fourien by Faheem Khan, Founder

Health District by Khurram Jahangir, Department of Family Medicine, UofA

Hempact by Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li and Anka Chan

illumiSonics Inc by Roger Zemp, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UofA

Improved Diagnosis for Autoimmune Hepatitis by Abdolamir Landi and Ana Clementin, UofA

Kinase Target for IBD by Shairaz Baksh, Department of Pediatrics, UofA

KRS Biopharma by Tina Rinker, University of Calgary

LKSAVI by Lorne Tyrell, Dept Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UofA

MagnetTx by Gino Fallone, Medical Physics, UofA

New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall, Department of Chemistry, UofA

Palliative Care Matters by Konrad Fassbender, Coventry Health

Pacylex by Michael Weickert, John Mackey, Ryan Heit & Luc Berthiaume, UofA

Praeventus Corporation by Jerome Yager, UofA

Prominent by Aaryn Flynn, Robert Burrell, Todd McMullen & Tony Briggs, UofA

RJH Biosciences by Juliana Valencia, Director Preclinical Development

SafeSpaceHealth by Khurram Jahangir, UofA

Sialogene by Chris Cairo, Department of Chemistry, UofA

SMALP Network, Michael Overduin, co-Founder and co-Director, UofA

Surgical Simulation by Bin Zheng, Department of Surgery, UofA

Syantra Diagnostics by Tina Rinker, University of Calgary

Targeting LPA Signaling by David Brindley, UofA

WWiKY Theranostica Inc by Len Wiebe and Piyush Kumar

Zenxmed by Colm Murphy, Founder and Cardiologist


Tips for pitching a plan:

  1. Presenters are asked to give the organizers their business plan summary (1 or 2 pages) a week before and their slide-deck the day before the event. This way we can ensure technical compatibility and line up the talks to minimize any downtime.
  2. Feel free to bring your own Flash drive or computer with cable and adapter.
  3. Arrive about 10 minutes early to get oriented. You’ll be given a debrief and evaluation after your pitch.
  4. Stay on time (10 minutes for a full presentation, or 2 mintues for an elevator pitch) to ensure there is enough time for Q&A.
  5. Say a few words of background about yourself to start out the presentation. 
  6. Focus on the business plan, not technical or proprietary detail (which you can cover in follow up meetings if desired). Show how this presented a unique and timely opportunity for scalable growth, investment and/or partnering.
  7. Turn complexity and jargon into plain English.  Use accessible pictures or videos.  Avoid technical terms and abstraction. Instead, give specific examples, numbers and explain.
  8. Be passionate. Present potential risks as well as plans and successes. Show confidence and ambition.
  9. Don't be boastful or flaunt your ego.
  10. Engage with your team and panel, listening carefully and taking constructive criticism.
  11. Don’t read your talk. Notes are ok.  Rehearse beforehand to get the timing, clarity and impact right.

Slide guidance

  1. A graphic image or video communicates better than text.   Avoid crowded collages.
  2. Text is not needed.  Spoken words communicate more effectively.  If text is used, a few lines should suffice.  Avoid slides which consist of only a headline and list of bullet-points.
  3. Show several slides which each present a single idea, graph, image or data type, and form a progression, e.g. from challenge, opportunity, discovery, reality check, to future plan.
  4. Use no more than 1 slide per minute, i.e. 10 slides maximum.
  5. Keep a clear surrounding margin around text for increased legibility.
  6. Sans-serif fonts (e.g. Helvetica) are easier to read at a distance than serif fonts (e.g. Times).
  7. Use a simple background.
  8. Use high-resolution images that are from your work, are licensed, or else attribute the source.
  9. For data graphs or charts, use a text font size that can be read from the back of a board room, including labels on x- and y-axes and data points.