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  • How to get the most out of Health Innovation Week

    MaRS’ Health Innovation Week (HIW) — the Toronto stop on the international life sciences conference circuit — provides Canadian founders with critical opportunities for fundraising, partnerships with multinationals and networking with investors and experts outside of your local network.  But with five days of programming — packed with keynote speeches, investor one-on-ones, venture summits, networking […]

    February 18, 2020

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  • The chance to get your health venture in front of leading investors — and other key benefits of Health Innovation Week

    “One of the things that surprises founders most about fundraising is how distracting it is,” says Paul Graham, founder of the prestigious Mountain View, California-based Y Combinator startup accelerator. “When you start fundraising, everything else grinds to a halt.” Until very recently, this was doubly true for health tech entrepreneurs in Canada. Meeting investors and […]

    January 16, 2020

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  • Paul Desmarais III eyes healthy returns from startup investment

    When it comes to supporting high-growth startups, Paul Desmarais III sees little downside. As executive chairman of Portag3 Ventures, one of Canada’s most successful VCs, chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, and a director on the board of top Canadian startups like Wealthsimple and KOHO, he knows first-hand the advantages of investing in early-stage companies. […]

    March 26, 2019

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  • 5 things to discover at Health Innovation Week 2019

    The sixth annual Health Innovation Week is coming to Toronto on April 1, and it’s the biggest one yet. This year, attendees will have 30+ events to explore and a range of topics to discover, from the commercialization of cannabis to AI and drug discovery. Below are some of the key things to check out […]

    March 20, 2019

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  • Here’s how to get the most out of HealthKick Invest 2019

    Held as part of Health Innovation Week 2019, HealthKick Invest is the largest early-stage health investment conference in Canada, bringing together hundreds of health startups, investors and executives from across the country for two days of one-on-one meetings, insightful panel discussions, and a pitch competition. Interested in attending this year’s conference? We sat down with […]

    February 26, 2019

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  • Toronto Health Innovation Week: Where health means business

    From April 9 – 13, Toronto Health Innovation Week (THIW 2018), the largest health investor and innovator gathering in Canada, takes over the Toronto region. More than 35 health events are planned across the region to accelerate Toronto’s health innovation ecosystem, drive business growth and improve outcomes for patients worldwide. Join the health industry, investors, […]

    April 6, 2018

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  • Why host an international early stage investor conference at MaRS in Toronto?

    There is a rich diversity of technology assets being developed in Toronto, as MaRS Discovery District and Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS have created one of the most dynamic centres for life science technology innovation in North America. However, Toronto’s real value in life science is in the people – from its visionary leaders to its […]

    March 26, 2018

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  • This company’s photocopier could save your life

    Surgeons operating on cancerous tumours face a difficult dilemma: if they cut too little they risk leaving cancer cells behind; if they cut too much they risk harming the patient. The current gold standard for imaging is in pathology, which usually involves waiting several days while multiple tissue samples are tested to determine whether the […]

    March 12, 2018

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  • This simple glove could provide stability for millions of people with tremors

    For people with tremors, tasks as simple as pouring a cup of coffee can be incredibly difficult. When Mark Elias saw his grandmother, who has essential tremor — a common disorder that causes involuntary shaking — struggling with simple tasks, he knew he had to do something. He wasn’t just thinking of his grandmother though. […]

    March 9, 2018

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