McMaster Therapeutics Symposium

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McMaster Innovation Park

175 Longwood Road South


Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1


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McMaster University and MILO are excited to be hosting a Therapeutics Symposium, focused on the next generation of therapeutics being developed to address unmet clinical needs. Distinguished guests from various sectors will cover the following themes:

Partnering and Investment

There is an increasing reliance on academia and start-up companies for scientifically and/or medically innovative drugs. Downstream partners and investors will discuss the opportunities and some of the challenges of commercializing early stage discoveries.

McMaster Therapeutic Start-Ups

We will hear from the scientific founders and/or business leaders of McMaster therapeutic start-up companies including Fusion, Turnstone, Adapsyn, Triumvira and Empirica about the journey from academic discovery to commercial development.

Start-Up Support

Representatives from public and private organizations will discuss how they support start-up companies and how the overall ecosystem for start-up companies can be improved.

Agenda (MIP Atrium)

8:15 AM - 8:55 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Paul O'Byrne (Dean and VP, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM


  • Iain Stewart (President, National Research Council Canada (NRC))

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Fireside Chat

  • Michael Crackower (Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Versant Ventures)

  • Damian Lamb (Managing Director, Genesys Capital)

  • David O'Neill (President, FACIT)

  • Brian Bloom-moderator (CEO, Bloom Burton & Co)

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM


11:10 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Jordan Thomson (Director, Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Genomics)

  • Robert Verhagen (CEO, Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB))

  • Gail Garland (CEO, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO))

  • Allan Miranda (Head of JLABS Canada, JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation)

  • Gay Yuyitung-moderator (Executive Director, MILO, McMaster University)

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM


12:50 PM - 1:30 PM

  • John Valliant (CEO, Fusion Pharmaceuticals)

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

  • Brian Lichty (SVP Basic Research, Turnstone Biologics)

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

  • Andy Haigh (COO, Adapsyn Biosciences)

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

  • Sheila Singh (CEO, Empirica Therapeutics)

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

  • Jonathan Bramson (CSO, Triumvira Immunologics)

4:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Karen Mossman (Acting VP-Research, McMaster University)

4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Reception and Networking

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