A Breakfast Conversation with Canadian and European Bioclusters

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As part of Toronto Health Innovation Week, this breakfast conversation features the bio cluster organizations across Canada and Europe sharing best practices on how to grow their respective bio-clusters.

This breakfast is hosted by the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, a leading Canadian think tank focusing on Ontario's prosperity, including its various clusters. The Institute is also hosting the 21st TCI Network Global Conference (or TCI 2018) from October 16-18, 2018, at which bio-clusters will be featured.

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This conversation will be moderated by Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity.

Schedule

07:15-7:30 am - Registration and light breakfast

07:30-9:00 am - Panel conversation with bio-cluster organizations, moderated by Jamison Steeve

9:00 am - Adjourn

This is an invite-only event with very limited capacity. The Institute reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who is not on the original invite list.

Panelist Bios

Ella Korets-Smith is Principal at EKS Business Development, an independent consulting firm passionate about creating value for Canadian biotech and medical device companies through building strong relationships. Ella is also Executive Director of TOHealth!, an industry-led marketing cooperative raising the profile of the Toronto Region’s Health Sciences Cluster as a top global hub for innovation in health. In her 13 years in industry, Ella worked with small and large, public and private life science and medical device companies, holding positions such as VP Business Development and Director Market Development with a track record of closing deals and leading successful marketing and business development and marketing programs. Ella has an extensive network of business leaders in Canada and internationally, extending her reach to customers and partners in key markets such as North America, Europe and Asia. Ella has an MSc in Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Frank Béraud - Holding more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences sector, Mr. Béraud has particularly acquired a solid expertise in business development. With a background in sales and marketing within multinationals in the field of clinical diagnostic, his career path has led him to assume responsibility for business development for an SME in the domain of biotechnology, in addition to working as a consultant within the industry as well as a technology transfer organization. Mr. Béraud has also worked on managing the policies and strategic development of an industrial association in the life sciences sector before joining Montréal InVivo’s team. Highly socially engaged with schools and the health community, he currently chairs on the board of a community organization working towards the social and economic reintegration of individuals in situations of homelessness in Montreal (Le Sac à Dos).

Dr. Lesley Esford is the President of LifeSciences BC, a not-for-profit, industry association that supports and represents the Life Science community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry. Lesley received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from UBC and has spent many years in academia, industry and government in positions supporting the growth of the Life Sciences sector. Since 2006, she has worked as an ITA for NRC-IRAP, helping over 100 entrepreneurs developing a wide array of products and services, at every stage of the innovation process, from concept to commercialization. Lesley is a Kauffman Fellow, which is a Silicon Valley-based international leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators.

Anaïs Le Corvec - I hold a Business Administration Degree, from the University of Montreal - HEC, Canada, with specialization in Marketing and International Management. I have specialized in international research management, and have worked and managed international research projects for more than ten years, in many different research fields such as Health, Information and Communication Technologies, International Cooperation, and Innovation, with special emphasis on innovation and impact. I have collaborated with clusters in some of these projects, in terms of how to improve relation and collaboration amongst different stakeholders in research and innovation projects. I am a specialist in events management, communication support and outreach for science development. I also work as an independent expert reviewer for the European Commission in several funding programmes. I also work in a small company called Asserta, in international R&D projects in the fields of Health, ICT, and social innovation. Currently living in Barcelona, originally from France, and have spent more than 8 years in Montreal.

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JLABS @ Toronto

661 University Avenue, Suite 1300

Toronto, ON M5G0B7

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The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity is an independent Canadian think tank that produces economic and social policy research and analysis to raise the competitiveness and prosperity of Ontario. We aim to be the preeminent voice on Ontario's economic policies.

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