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A New Age: The Future of Aging and Brain Health

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Monday, March 30
MaRS Discovery District
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17% of our population — 6.5 million Canadians — are older than 65. And that number is growing rapidly.

Explore the innovations that are transforming aging and brain health with this half day of keynotes, demos, and pitches. Our presenters will introduce new approaches to geriatric care, detail advances in cell research that are changing the limits of human longevity, demonstrate digital therapeutics and more.

Experience interactive demos of technologies that improve cognitive strength through meditation, revolutionize mobility through robotics, as well as augment caregiving. Plus, health providers will share their unmet needs in a series of reverse pitches to an audience of innovators and entrepreneurs.


+ more speakers to be announced



8:00 a.m.: Registration, Networking
8:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks, Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS
8:45 a.m.: City of Toronto – Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0
8:55 a.m.: Introduction Ying Tam, Managing Director, MaRS Health
9:00 a.m.: Opening Keynote, Nick Dawson, Executive Director of Innovation, Kaiser Permanente
9:30 a.m.: Venture Demo: Mark Elias, Co-Founder and CEO of Steadiwear
9:40 a.m.: Debate: Longevity Unlimited
Debate: Science says we might be able to put the brakes on human aging. Recent articles proclaim there is no limit to human lifespan citing breakthroughs in regenerative medicine and a concept called the “mortality plateau.” But can (or should) humans live to 150 or even longer? Join a debate and decide.
10:00 a.m.: Reverse Pitch: AgeWell, The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, and The Ontario Brain Institute
10:15 a.m.: Venture Pitches
10:45 a.m.: Demo Meditation Session: Interaxon
11:00 a.m.: Lightning Talk: The Bots Are Coming, Goldie Nejat, Robots for Cognitive Intervention
11:10 a.m.: Venture Demo: Manmeet Maggu Co-Founder and CEO of Trexo Robotics
11:45 a.m.: Reverse Pitch: SE Health & Mackenzie Health
12:00 p.m.: Venture Pitches
12:20 p.m.: Closing Keynote: The Future of Aging, Dr. Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, SE Health
12:50 p.m.: Lunch & End

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