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Kasy Kiarash

Alumni and Development Officer at Ryerson University

EVENT PROFESSIONALS

Keynote Speakers & Panelists
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Sam founded iGan Partners, Canada's most active MedTech VC Investor. Collectively iGan has supported the creation of over 20 successful medical device, digital health and tech companies in Canada. Currently, Sam is a Director in 6 companies including Chairman of MolecuLight, RNA Diagnostics and eSight. Sam holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

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Sam Ifergan
Keynote Speaker & Panelist 

CEO and Founder of iGan Partners

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Teresa Mihalik is an engineer with 20+ years of experience in the medical device industry. Teresa has more than 35 issued U.S. patents, multiple correlating patents and applications in Canada, Europe, and China, and a number of external publications. Teresa holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from McGill University, in the discipline of mechanical engineering.

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Teresa Mihalik
Panelist

Senior Director at Agile MV

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Dr. Scott Tsai is the Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. Dr. Tsai's laboratory specializes in droplet and bubble microfluidics. His group also currently collaborates actively with hospital researchers to implement these technologies in medical applications related to kidney disease and prostate cancer. 

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Dr. Scott Tsai
Panelist

Associate Professor and Director at Ryerson University

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Dr. Paul Zalzal is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University. He has pioneered computer assisted surgical techniques in these areas. His list of publications include topics relevant to clinical outcomes, biomechanics, tissue engineering, and computer assisted surgery. 

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Dr. Paul Zalzal
Panelist

Orthopaedic Surgeon at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Networking Guests

Group A

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Laura currently works as a research analyst in mental health at CAMH. She graduated from Ryerson’s biomedical engineering master's program. Her background is in civil engineering and where she spent two years working with an industrial consulting company. 

Laura Minkowski

Research Analyst at CAMH

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Jimmy Wong

Research Analyst at CAMH

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Ran Manor

Director Of Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences

Group B

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Professor, Undergraduate Program Director for Biology and Co-op Advisor 

Costin's research focuses on fundamental and cancer cell biology. For more information see antonesculab.com

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Costin Antonescu

Professor at Ryerson in the Department of Chemistry and Biology

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Hossein Noyan

Assistant Professor at Ryerson in the Department of Chemistry and Biology

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Na Yu

Assistant Professor at  Ryerson University in Mathematics

Group C

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Octavio Rico

Electrical Integration and Test Engineer - Space Systems Loral

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Fengfeng Xi

Professor in the Ryerson Aerospace Engineering Department

Group D

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As part of a global network of friends’ associations, CFTAU facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to participate in the TAU International Program.

Stephen Adler

Executive Director at Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University

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Amy Zaghloul

Director of Investor Relations at iGan Partners

Group E

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Sep Assadian

Venture Growth, Director at VentureLAB

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Bruno is a Advisor at VentureLAB (www.venturelab.ca).  They help technology companies from early stage to growth, advance their businesses by providing mentoring, training and connections to partners, investors, and customers. His specialty is in medical devices and health related technologies.

Bruno Maruzzo

Advisor at VentureLAB

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Sam founded iGan Partners, Canada's most active MedTech VC Investor. Collectively iGan has supported the creation of over 20 successful medical device, digital health and tech companies in Canada. Currently, Sam is a Director in 6 companies including Chairman of MolecuLight, RNA Diagnostics and eSight. Sam holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

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Sam Ifergan
Keynote Speaker & Panelist 

CEO and Founder of iGan Partners

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Since 2008, Prolucid has successfully delivered hundreds of software engineering projects for our clients using a proven combination of process, technology, and expertise.

Chris Kennedy

Director of Partnerships and Marketing at Prolucid Technologies

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 Modelis, leverages advanced drug discovery methods to reduce the time and resources it takes to repurpose existing treatments for rare genetic diseases.

James Doyle

CEO at Modelis Inc.

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MolecuLight Inc. is a privately owned, Canadian medical imaging company. Desmond has 25+ years of experience developing and managing the development of disruptive medical imaging technologies from inception through to commercial launch and through many product lifecycles. Recent experience includes successive roles from VP, Engineering at VisualSonics through to General Manager of FUJIFILM/VisualSonics.

Desmond Hirson

COO at MolecuLight Inc.

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Lauren Wirtzfeld is a Senior Ultrasound Systems Developer at FujiFilm VisualSonics, Inc. working on high-frequency research ultrasound systems. She earned degrees in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto and Western University. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in quantitative ultrasound at the University of Illinois and Ryerson University.

Lauren Wirtzfeld

Senior Ultrasound Systems Developer at FUJIFILM VisualSonics, Inc.

Group I

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Jeff Barnes

Director Canada Operations at Hyde Technical Services Canada Inc

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Jen Sage is a Technical Recruiter focused on the continental United States and Canada for Hyde Engineering + Consulting, Inc., a global biotechnology and pharmaceutical engineering and consulting firm.

Jen Sage

Recruiter at Hyde Engineering and
Consulting

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Raju Basumatary

CTO at License Academy (Digifaire)

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Biomedical engineer with a focus on process and manufacturing engineering of medical devices in a ISO 13485, ISO 9001, FDA cGMP regulated environments.

Steven Jones

Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Conavi Medical

Group K

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Dr. Paul Zalzal is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University. He has pioneered computer assisted surgical techniques in these areas. His list of publications include topics relevant to clinical outcomes, biomechanics, tissue engineering, and computer assisted surgery. 

Group L

Dr. Paul Zalzal 

Orthopaedic Surgeon at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

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Sharon Gabison

Affiliate Scientist in Pressure Injury and Homecare Research at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

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Spectral’s vision is to provide a personalized approach that will vastly improve outcomes for patients with septic shock by combining a targeted diagnostic test and therapy.

Chris Seto

Chief Executive Officer at Spectral Medical Inc

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Associate Product Manager at Self Care Catalysts. 
Recent Biomedical Engineering Graduate from Ryerson University.

Johnny Libenzon

Associate Product Manager at Self Care Catalysts, Founder of Project Kindling

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From food producing to oil refining, beer making, and drug manufacturing companies, Steam is well known for delivering safe, sustainable and efficient energy. Spirax Sarco works in pharmaceuticals, hospitals and the health industry, etc.

Joe Aprile

VP Operations & Engineering at Spirax Sarco Canada Limited

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Dr. Scott Tsai is the Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. Dr. Tsai's laboratory specializes in droplet and bubble microfluidics. His group also currently collaborates actively with hospital researchers to implement these technologies in medical applications related to kidney disease and prostate cancer. 

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Dr. Scott Tsai

Associate Professor and Director at Ryerson University

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Teresa Mihalik is an engineer with 20+ years of experience in the medical device industry. Teresa has more than 35 issued U.S. patents, multiple correlating patents and applications in Canada, Europe, and China, and a number of external publications. Teresa holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from McGill University, in the discipline of mechanical engineering.

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Teresa Mihalik

Senior Director at Agile MV

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Technical and people leader with a 10-year track record of successful product design and manufacturing in the medical industry. Experienced in project management and the development of complex products consisting of software, electrical, and mechanical parts. Passionate about the continuous improvement of people, products, and processes.

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Andrei Jakab

Manager, Software & Electrical Engineering at Thornhill Medical

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Shukla Malay

Physician at Southern
Alberta Medical

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Krupaben Joshi

Pharmacy Assistant at Loblaw Pharmacy