From the latest discoveries in neuroscience, to news from Canadian commercialization giants, we peered into the future of medicine in Ontario and found that it looks very positive.
The MaRS Future of Medicine™ 2011 Annual Conference was held at the MaRS Centre on November 17. With an enthusiastic audience of 187 delegates and an incredible speaker line up, expectations ran high as we began the event with an engaging presentation by Ken Galbraith, General Partner of Ventures West.
Mr. Galbraith’s central theme was “The world is changing: What do we need to be doing now to succeed?” His answers included:
He also pointed out that Toronto is one of very few jurisdictions in the world that has the capability to develop innovations that will address future medical challenges.
Access to Innovation Session
But it wasn’t all talk of discoveries—the Access to Innovation session focused on how to convert exciting discoveries like these into powerful products that will address critical health needs. It featured organizations responsible for translating high-value innovations arising from over $1 billion of annual r
esearch into viable commercial offerings.
One of the main purposes of the MaRS Future of Medicine™ series of events is to foster and support interactions between academic and private innovators, industry, government and investors. To that end, the all-day partnering forum held during the event provided a great opportunity for discussing future collaborations among the delegates.
MaRS Discovery District wishes to express its sincere gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support:
Interested in attending next year’s event? The MaRS Future of Medicine™ 2012 Annual Conference is tentatively scheduled for November 15, 2012 and will include a focus on Diabetes and Metabolic Disease. Mark your calendars!
Finally, we’d like to thank all of our speakers and delegates for helping to create such a memorable event.