PROFESSIONALS

Keynote Speaker

Ran Manor is an exceptional entrepreneur and professional with decades of experience in both Israel’s and Canada’s biomedical sectors. He will discuss his perspective on the similarities and differences between both ecosystems and what students can take away from this global perspective of how biomedical innovation is done in different parts of the world. 

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Ran Manor

Director of Innovation

Baycrest Health Sciences

Panelists

​Dr. Khayat is a Future Strategist with SE Health (formerly, Saint Elizabeth Health Care) a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on creating a better future for aging adults in their homes and communities. Dr. Khayat is the Faculty of Singularity University’ Exponential Medicine stream and is adjunct faculty in the Health Sector Strategy stream at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Dr. Khayat was previously the lead of health system innovation at the MaRS Discovery District, a health innovation hub in Toronto.

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Dr. Zayna Khayat

Future Strategist

SE Heath

​Dr. Mamdani is Vice President of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Unity Health Toronto. He is also a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health. Dr. Mamdani has published approximately 500 research studies in leading medical journals and was previously named among Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

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Dr. Muhammad Mamdani

VP Data Science and Advanced Analytics

Unity Health Toronto

Dr. Sabatinos is an Associate Professor and the Biomedical Sciences Program Director that specializes in teaching Molecular biology; cell biology; biochemistry; cancer; experimental design. Her research interests consist of ​the role of environmental changes on cell cycle checkpoint; stress-induced mechanisms that modify or interrupt checkpoints;  high-resolution, live-cell imaging DNA damage response and repair in fission yeast; the mechanisms of genome stability; how drug-treated cells escape therapy, their biomarkers and stability, and their potential to repopulate once drug treatment is stopped.

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Dr. Sarah Sabatinos

Associate Professor and Biomedical Sciences Director

Ryerson University

Dr. Rotstein is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. In addition to his role as VP, Dr. Rotstein is a practicing General Surgeon and is an acknowledged expert in the management of intra-abdominal infection and inflammation. Dr. Rotstein has a major interest in understanding how traumatic injury leads to alterations in the immune response of patients. He uses his clinical insights into the mechanisms of disease to generate novel therapeutic approaches to preventing poor outcomes in these patients.

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Dr. Ori Rotstein

VP Research and Innovation

Unity Health Toronto

Networking Guests

International Centre for Surgical Safety

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St. Michael's Hospital

​​Marc Settino is currently a Research Program Manager at St. Michael's Hospital, working with the International Center for Surgical Safety. Marc is an experienced project manager and creative thinker with 9+ years of research & health care experience. Marc has a unique skill set with an educational background in business, technology, sustainability, and health. 

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Marc Settino

Research Program Manager

​​Dr. Armstrong has a background in examining how judgments and decision processes can lead to decision error from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. She has used a variety of neuroscience techniques to study the cognitive processes that underlie behaviour, and her postdoctoral work involves studying the neural activity of the surgeon that underpins error during real surgeries using mobile EEG equipment. 

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Dr. Bonnie Armstrong

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Gordon's current research uses data captured from the operating room to improve patient and staff safety in Vascular Surgery. Her research has reached an international audience, with publications in major journals including JAMA Surgery and the New England Journal of Medicine and presentations at multiple national and international conferences. 

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Dr. Lauren Gordon

PhD Student and Associate Researcher

GlaxoSmithKline

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Sean Menezes is someone who believes outcome not output is the focus and that having a strong purpose is essential to find/create a career of value and enjoyment. He studied Molecular Biology & Chemistry in his undergrad, started a company at 21 and got accepted into a highly competitive rotational program with GSK.

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Sean Menezes

Product Manager

Biomedical Sciences

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Ryerson

Teaching Interests: Medical microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, the microbiome in health and disease.​

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Dr. Joseph Mcphee

Associate Professor

Teaching Interests: Biochemistry; cell biology; molecular biology; molecular basis of disease; metabolism; cancer; molecular machinery.​

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Dr. Costin Antanescu

Associate Professor

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Ryerson

iBEST

Imran Sheikh is the Coordinator at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, a partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital that brings together Ryerson’s engineering and science strengths with St. Michael’s biomedical research and clinical expertise to translate research concepts into testable healthcare solutions

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Imran Sheikh

Coordinator

Malvika Nagrath is a specialty dentist with MS Biomaterials and is pursuing Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University. She aspires to work in the fields of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering to solve clinically relevant problems.

Malvika Nagrath

PhD Student and Specialty Dentist

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Retispec

​Eliav Shaked is the CEO of RetiSpec, a medical imaging company developing a tool for the early and accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in the eye. Their goal is to enable widespread early detection of Alzheimer’s disease with accessible and scalable screening.

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Eliav Shaked

CEO and Founder

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Cyclica

Linda Zhao has 9+ years of research training with a strong scientific background and knowledge in therapeutic areas of Immunology, Autoimmunity, and Neuroscience. She currently works at Cyclica, a globally recognized biotechnology company that leverages artificial intelligence and computational biophysics to reshape the drug discovery process.

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Linda Zhao

Strategic Partnerships Manager

St. Michael's Hospital

Applied Health Research Centre

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​Gurpreet Lakhanpal is a Project Manager with the Clinical Trial Unit of the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) at St. Michael’s Hospital, part of the newly formed Unity Health Toronto network. In this role, she project manages day-to-day operations of the T1ME Trial, an innovative and pragmatic clinical trial bringing virtual healthcare and support mechanisms to people living with type 1 diabetes. 

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Gurpreet Lakhanpal

Clinical Research Project Manager

Morgan Rosenberg

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Resili

​Morgan Rosenberg is the CEO and Founder of Resili, a leading app for family caregivers, specializing in mental health and resilience support. As CEO, he has raised funds, scaled teams and products, and sold into multinational companies. Their first product, the Resili app, gives family and friends the support they need as they care for a loved one with an illness. 

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CEO and Founder

Surgical Safety

Technologies

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Stephen Townsend is the Clinical Analytics Lead at Surgical Safety Technologies Inc. He works with various hospitals and industry partners to implement, operationalize, and deliver various insights generated from operating room data

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Stephen Townsend

Clinical Analytics Lead

DSAA

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St. Michael's Hospital

Michaelia Young is the Manager for the Data Science and Advanced Analytics team at Unity Health Toronto. She Plays a critical role in strategic planning, coordinating day-to-day activities of the DSAA team and advancing a leading data analytics and compute platform that will advance timely, data-driven care for UHT patients

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Michaelia Young

Manager

Baycrest Health Sciences

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Grace Chung is currently an Innovation Partner at Baycrest, a leading organization for aging and senior care. In her role, she liaises and collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders on projects in different areas around the campus. Prior experience includes working at a health tech incubator at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Biomedical Zone, in academia at The Michener Institute, and clinical practice in diagnostic nuclear medicine. 

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Grace Chung

Innovation Partner

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Ryerson

Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Sussman is a biomedical engineer and scientist who specializes in developing using non-invasive 3-dimensional imaging of the human fetus using MRI. Her lab develops new MR sequences to image fetal anatomy and physiology, physical phantoms (models) for accelerating sequence development, and AI algorithms for accurately and automatically segmenting and classifying images and diseases. 

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Dr. Dafna Sussman

Assistant Professor

Ryerson

Maternal-Fetal Imaging Lab

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Doshina Naila is currently pursuing her M.Eng degree at Ryerson for Biomedical Engineering. Currently, she is working on a masters project with the Maternal-Fetal Imaging Lab and specifically trying to create a mock amniotic fluid that will help to image fetal growth and development in a 3D model.

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Doshina Naila

Graduate Student Researcher

Eunyoung Cho's on-going research includes automatic image segmentation, imaging fetal glucose metabolism, amniotic fluid MR Spectroscopy, and fetal phantom synthesis. Her Master's work relates to creating an anthropomorphic fetal phantom of the gross body and the brain, which simulate the imaging properties of the corresponding tissues.

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Eunyoung Cho

Graduate Student Researcher

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Ryerson

Ashton Jila works as a Partnership Specialist the FEAS. Expert in labour market trends, career coaching, building long term trusting relationships with employers and sponsors, and identifying opportunities for employers and staff to advance. 

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Mary Susan Thomsan works at The MedTech Talent Accelerator, a training program supplying the Canadian Medical Technology sector with industry-ready talent in the areas of engineering and science.

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Ashton Jila

Co-op Internship Program - Partnership Specialist

Mary Susan Thomson

MedTech Talent Accelerator - Program Manager

And many more!