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Changes to Health Innovation Week 2020

MaRS has decided to reschedule this year’s Health Innovation Week because of evolving uncertainties related to COVID-19.

This was not an easy call to make — Health Innovation Week is an important event for MaRS and the health ecosystem, bringing thousands of ventures, investors and health professionals to the Toronto region. But with the potential impact around international travel affecting our speakers and attendees we felt it best to postpone the event to April 12 – 16, 2021.

People who purchased a ticket to this year’s Health Innovation Week will have their tickets automatically transferred to 2021 or refunded. To request a refund, please log in to your Eventbrite account, access the account menu, click Tickets to find your order and select “Request a Refund” to get started.

A Health Innovation Week conference pass gets you access to MaRS general programming, as well as a range of other offerings, depending on the ticket type. Community events are ticketed separately. Filter by ticket type below to see which events your pass entitles you to.

A New Age: The Future of Aging and Brain Health

March 30, 2020 8:00am - 1:00pm

Explore the innovations that are transforming aging and brain health with this half day of keynotes, demos, pitches and patient stories. 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.

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(general program)

Solving Healthcare: The Case for Demand-side Innovation

March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Doctors, researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs are creating innovative technologies that can improve clinical outcomes while reducing the overall cost of care. At the same time, governments are searching for ways to boost their economies. Innovation is at the heart of all of these opportunities, but the question is how to harness it?

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(general program)

Bridging the Gap: Transforming Women’s Health

March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Join us for an afternoon of panel presentations and high-impact talks that explore the ways that healthcare is experienced by women as well as the efforts currently underway to make a health system that works for everyone.

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(exclusive program)

A Showcase of Therapeutic Innovation at the University of Toronto

March 30, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm

A showcase of therapeutic innovation at the University of Toronto.

Invite Only
(private event)

ELF Presents: Startups in the 6ix

March 30, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Startups in the 6ix features health tech companies and explores how the Toronto healthcare ecosystem inspires connections between renowned health service providers and startups.

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(community event)

Health Data: The Opportunity and Challenges

March 31, 2020 8:00am - 1:30pm

Through game-play, participants will have the opportunity to interactively learn more about the concept of data trusts as well as engage in discussions with local experts on the opportunities and limitations of implementing data trusts in regional data-sharing initiatives.

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(general program)

Family Office Summit

March 31, 2020 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Join us to hear from some of Canada’s top researchers, hospital foundations, healthcare companies and leading Canadian healthcare funds and learn how healthcare investments and outcome based funding are driving innovation in today’s landscape.

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(exclusive event)

Unlocking Potential: Converging Technologies in Therapeutic Development

March 31, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm

This full day of venture demos, panels and keynotes highlights the cutting-edge health innovations that are changing therapeutic development, such as AI, gene editing, precision medicine and genomics.

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(general program)

Regulatory Innovation at Health Canada: Stepping into the Future of Treatment and Care

March 31, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Innovative technologies are dramatically changing the health landscape. In this complex, modern health environment, how can Health Canada evolve its regulatory approaches to enable access to new technologies while continuing to protect patient safety?

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(general program)

AI & Devices: Smart Solutions, Changing Healthcare

March 31, 2020 8:00am - 12:30pm

This session explores how AI is being used to support healthcare today and how these technologies are being integrated into existing health systems – specifically as it relates to imaging and diagnostics.

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(general program)

Keeping Out in Front: Insights About the Cell and Gene Therapy Sector

March 31, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm

CCRM and JLABS Toronto are hosting an exclusive, private event for investors and entrepreneurs, focusing on the emerging cell and gene therapy sector.

Life Sciences Ontario Networking Night

March 31, 2020 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Please join the LSO members for March’s Networking Night at Marche Restaurant. It will be a casual opportunity to meet and network with people from all across the life sciences industry.

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(community event)

OBIO and All That Jazz: Investor Networking Event

March 31, 2020 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join OBIO for an evening of live music, hors d’ouevres and drinks, and making connections. At this exclusive OBIO Member event, meet and network with international and local investors, and high potential health science companies in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District. Also, meet the new OBIO CAAP companies for 2020 and hear about their exciting technologies and value propositions. OBIO CAAP helps health science companies with access to capital at the post-seed stage and provides deal flow for investors.

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(private event)

HealthKick Invest

April 1, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm

MaRS HealthKick Invest brings together innovators in the therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, digital health, and consumer health spaces and connects them to global venture capital funds, family offices, angel investors, and other capital partners interested in investing in the future of health.

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(exclusive event)

Future of Health Venture Summit

April 2, 2020 8:00am - 5:00pm

Get a glimpse of the future of health and the most disruptive developments that will revolutionize care. MaRS, the University Health Network (UHN), Faurecia, and TELUS Health invite you to a special event on six emerging areas of healthcare innovation.

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(general program)

Adopting Technology: Factoring the Physician and Patient into the Equation

April 2, 2020 9:00am - 3:00pm

This session explores technology adoption barriers and solutions from both physician and patient perspectives. Join us to explore the best practices for adoption in the real-world via discussions with patient groups and doctors.

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(general program)

TCS and CVCA Investors’ Breakfast and Roundtable

April 2, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) are hosting a networking breakfast and roundtable discussion for foreign and Canadian life sciences venture capital firms. The event will be an invite-only opportunity to discuss current trends in the sector and investment opportunities and challenges in the Canadian and international life sciences industry.

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(private event)

The Shake-up: New Power Players Entering the Healthcare Industry

April 2, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Power players from all industries are entering the healthcare space — from online retailers and software giants to fintechs and auto manufacturers. How is this reshaping the industry and what new trends can we expect to see as a result?

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(exclusive event)

TechTO Health - Health Innovation Week 2020

April 2, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm

TechTO Health examines the ideas and implications of the high-tech revolution and features 10 speakers who are thought leaders and founders from Toronto’s healthcare industry.

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(community event)

Health Innovation Week Exhibitor Activation

March 30, 2020 8:00am - April 2, 2020 4:00pm

A three-day exhibitor activation consisting of demos from some of the most intelligent doctors, health speakers and ventures in Canada. Open to all Health Innovation Week conference pass holders.

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(general program)

Innovation Days

March 31, 2020 9:00am - April 2, 2020 5:00pm
Invite Only
(private event)

Networking Pavillion

March 31, 2020 10:00am - April 2, 2020 5:00pm

Partnering Pavilion is included with your MaRS Conference pass and will be taking place throughout the week. Schedule a meeting with potential partners, connect with colleagues and grab a coffee in our partnering lounge, hosted by MaRS and Global Affairs Canada.

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(general program)

OntarioMD at Health Innovation Week 2020

April 3, 2020 7:30am - 9:00am

Innovation by Physicians presented by Sarah Hutchison, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Darren Larsen, Chief Medical Officer, OntarioMD.

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(community event)

Health Canada's 2020 Stakeholder Meeting on Health Products

April 3, 2020 8:30am - 12:30pm

A look ahead at plans for the future of health product regulation in Canada including panel discussions on the linkages between health, innovation and regulation.

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(private event)

Behind the Scenes: Innovation in Lab Diagnostics

April 3, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Each year, LifeLabs perform over 112 million laboratory tests to help diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent diseases for millions of Canadians. Join us for a behind-the-scenes innovation lab tour.

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(community event)

+ more events to be announced