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DiscoveryLab Meetings

Register below to confirm your place soon as places are limited at these free events. We look forward to seeing you there.

AI & more, Concordia University on June 4:

Tumor Diagnostics, Calgary on June 19:

Artificial Intelligence & Health

June 4 at Concordia University Edmonton

This event offers sessions to provide support to new ventures, spin-outs and SMEs to offer support to researchers, innovators, and companies including those involved in AI research. A panel of business mentors active in supporting early stage companies will provide advice. Teams are invited to present plans and obtain constructive feedback on taking their discoveries forwards based on industry insight and expert feedback on intellectual property and commercialization strategies. Presenters include:

9:45-10:00 am Andrew J. Greenshaw
10:00-10:15 am Mike Wade, iYu Inc.
10:15-10:30 am Yvonne Wong
10:30-11:15 am Myrna Bittner, RUNWITHIT Synthetics
11:15-12:00 pm Mahdi Tavakoli, A Robotic System for Therapy and Assessment Following Injury,
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch & Talk about AI by AltaML
1:00-2:00 pm Justin Bailey: Cerberus
2:00-2:45 pm Qaasim Mian:Biomarkers of Childhood Pneumonia
2:45-3:30 pm Larry Unsworth: ThermoTreat
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:15 pm Roosevelt Quiah: Apixall
4:15-4:45 pm Darryl Adamko
4:45-5:15 pm Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk, Health Gauge

Advanced Tumor Diagnostics

June 19 at Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary

Tumor Diagnostics Event Poster

Providing a unique opportunity for discovery and dialogue between Alberta innovators, researchers  and the health system, including patients, clinicians and administrators, this full day event is aimed at increasing the awareness of innovative solutions being developed in Alberta for advanced tumor diagnostics to improve patient care. 

Presentations for the Health & Industry Dialogue include:

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome and Overview of the Day by Dr. Michael Mengel  

10:05 – 10:15 Health System Perspective: Finding Solutions Together 

10:15 – 10:30 Patient and Family Perspective: Framing the Need

10:30 – 10:45 Clinician Perspective: Adopting ProSigna in Alberta 

10:45 – 11:45 Panel Discussion: Where are we now? Developing, Testing, & Implementing Diagnostic Technologies in Alberta

11:45 – 12:05 Knowledge Translation from Bench to Bedside: Lessons from the United States’ Coulter Translational Partnership Program

12:05 -   12:35 Innovation Spotlight: 

12:35 – 1:45 Lunch & Networking

1:45 – 2:30 Innovation Spotlight: 

2:30 – 2:45 Perspective from Alberta Public Labs: Bridging Diagnostics in AHS & the role of Translational Research

2:45 – 3:00 Where to from Here? Building a Culture of Innovation

Business Planning Den

The following are closed-door sessions for research groups, start-ups, and SMEs who will present their business plans to senior business experts and receive tailored feedback.

Parallel Session 1: Cancer Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Room G382

12:00-12:30    Panel convenes and discusses process and plans
12:30-1:00      Open slot
1:00-1:45        Negin Razavilar, RAZN Health Decision Modelling Ltd. 
1:45-2:30        Ratmir Derda, Dept of Chemistry, U Alberta 
2:30-2:45        Coffee break
2:45-3:30        Lu Deng, Polydx, MTI
3:30-4:15        Colin Coros, Nanostics 
4:15-5:00        David Bocking & Oliver Bathe, Qualisure Diagnostics Inc.

Parallel Session 2: Early Cancer Detection Initiative in Room G384

12:00-12:30    Panel convenes and discusses process and plans
12:30-1:00      Aru Narendran, Prof, Depts of Pediatrics and Oncology
1:00-1:30        Jeremie Bourqui, Research Engineer at U Calgary
1:30-2:15        Open slot
2:15-2:45        Rahul Arora, Bachelor Student, Health Sciences, U Calgary
2:45-3:00        Coffee break
3:00-3:30        Amir Sanati Nezhad, Canada Research Chair 
3:30-4:00        Carrie Shemanko, Associate Professor, Integrative Cell Biology 
4:00-4:30        Paul Stewardson, MSc Student, U Calgary, ThyroSPEC
4:30-5:00        Bob Shepherd, Syantra

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.

Presenters at DiscoveryLab events include:

  1. 48 Hour Discovery by Samantha Kwok, Operations Manager
  2. Antibiddies Technologies Inc. by David Marchant, Leanne Bilawchuk and Frederick West
  3. BioLargo by Richard Smith
  4. Bitcoin Air by Bretton Whervin
  5. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal andShane Groendahl
  6. Boron Heterocycles: New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall
  7. Canadian BioSample Repository by Bruce Ritchie
  8. Cheminger Inc. by Nataraj Pagadala
  9. Click & Push by Martin Ferguson-Pell
  10. CliniSonics by Roger Zemp
  11. Dealcloser by Amir Reshef, Founder and CEO
  12. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad
  13. Entos Pharmaceuticals by John Lewis and Arun Raturi
  14. Flu Fighting Chickens by Katharine Magor
  15. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy by Peter Johnson, Faculty of Science
  16. Fourien by Faheem Khan, Founder
  17. Health District by Khurram Jahangir, Dept of Family Medicine, UofA
  18. Hempact by Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li and Anka Chan
  19. illumiSonics Inc by Roger Zemp, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UofA
  20. Improved Diagnosis for Autoimmune Hepatitis by Abdolamir Landi and Ana Clementin, UofA
  21. Kinase Target for IBD by Shairaz Baksh, Department of Pediatrics, UofA
  22. KRS Biopharma by Tina Rinker, University of Calgary
  23. LKSAVI by Lorne Tyrell, Dept Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UofA
  24. MagnetTx by Gino Fallone, Medical Physics, UofA
  25. Meros Polymers by Afsaneh Lavasanifar
  26. Nectar by Marc-André Roberge
  27. New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall, Dept of Chemistry, UofA
  28. Outbreaker Solutions by Brayden Whitlock
  29. Umay Care by Sharmin Habib
  30. Palliative Care Matters by Konrad Fassbender, Coventry Health
  31. Pacylex by Michael Weickert, John Mackey, Ryan Heit & Luc Berthiaume, UofA
  32. Polar Canadian Swine LLP by Alfred Wahl
  33. Praeventus Corporation by Jerome Yager, UofA
  34. Prominent by Aaryn Flynn, Robert Burrell, Todd McMullen & Tony Briggs, UofA
  35. Rapid Prototyping by Suresh Nayar, UofA
  36. RJH Biosciences by Juliana Valencia, Director Preclinical Development
  37. SafeSpaceHealth by Khurram Jahangir, UofA
  38. Sialogene by Chris Cairo, Department of Chemistry, UofA
  39. SMALP Network, Michael Overduin, Dept Biochemistry, UofA
  40. Surgical Simulation by Bin Zheng, Department of Surgery, UofA
  41. Syantra Diagnostics by Tina Rinker, University of Calgary
  42. Targeting LPA Signaling by David Brindley, UofA
  43. ThermoReCON by Larry Unsworth, UofA
  44. The TireGrabber by Darcy Goossen 
  45. WWiKY Theranostica Inc by Len Wiebe and Piyush Kumar
  46. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery by Aman Ullah
  47. Zenxmed by Colm Murphy, Founder and Cardiologist

Tips for pitching your 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 minutes 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.