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MaRS HealthKick FOCUS: Investing in AI


2:00 - 5:00 PM

Artificial intelligence in human health and life sciences is transforming the delivery of healthcare.

Analysts are predicting that the AI health market will be over $6.5 billion by 2020 — a staggering annual compound growth rate of 40%. The amount of available digital data is doubling every two years — from nearly 4.5 trillion gigabytes in 2013 to 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020.

This combination of data availability and AI advancement will present opportunities for things like drug discovery and creation, treatment plan design, healthcare workflow optimization, image analysis automation, and medication management and adherence improvements.

Join us as multinational corporations discuss their views on adoption, use and deployment of AI; entrepreneurs present what’s being developed now and what will be possible in the future; and investors explore “reality versus bubble” and the evolving AI investment landscape.

Who should attend?


Get an inside look at how other investors are navigating AI and health investing. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet successful health and AI companies — both startups and corporations.


Hear from promising health startups that are integrating AI, and network with corporations and investors who are interested in the health and AI sector.


Meet the health and AI community and connect with startups, companies, students and investors working in the health and AI sector.


Find out what’s happening at the intersection of AI and healthcare, and connect with other industry players — from startups and corporations to investors.


1:30 p.m.: Registration

2:00 p.m.: Opening Remarks – Ying Tam, Managing Director, Health Venture Services, MaRS

2:10 p.m.: Corporates Embracing AI: How are big companies planning for AI? We’ll cover whether companies are building or buying and what the long term vision and strategy is for AI in the marketplace.

  • Dr. Peter Grandsard, Executive Director of Research, Amgen
  • Nathalie Le Prohon, Vice President, Healthcare Industry, IBM Canada
  • Peter Jones, Healthcare Industry Lead, Microsoft
  • Azam Khan, Complex Systems Group, Autodesk Research

2:55 p.m.: Venture Talks: How to seize the AI opportunity. Where are ventures going with AI and what trends are ahead?

3:45 p.m.: Networking break

4:15 p.m.: Venture Capital Firms Navigating AI: What’s happening with AI and health investing? We’ll explore who is doing what, the investment thesis, and whether the AI boom is a bubble or reality.

5:00 p.m.: Closing remarks