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  • April 12, 2022 10:00 AM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Live from Canada: The Future of Biomanufacturing

    Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 1 - 2 PM EST

    Attend Live from Hamilton, Ontario or Watch via Livestream

    Dear CELS

    We’re very excited to introduce you to an important Canadian Life Science industry event: “Live from Canada: The Future of Biomanufacturing” at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.

    Eric Burak, CSO Fusion Pharmaceuticals will be the key note speaker and the moderator will be Anne Woods, Managing Director - Life Sciences and Healthcare,  Silicon Valley Bank Canada.

    This program will discuss Canada’s renewed commitment to biomanufacturing and why it is a great option for companies interested in building or expanding.

    At this event, you’ll learn about the plans for biomanufacturing development in Hamilton with a case study of a cross-border company that has successfully implemented this strategy.

    You may attend this event in-person from Hamilton, Ontario or watch via Livestream. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

    Registration links will take you to CENE, US host of the event.

    Register - Livestream

    Register - Attend Event in Person

  • December 08, 2021 12:30 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Wednesday December 08 / 3:30 - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

    From CELS East Coast ally: CENE

    Come meet the 11 exciting Canadian companies who are ready to celebrate their graduation from the Boston CTA 2021 program with lots of great innovation revolutionizing the world of healthcare, fintech and cybersecurity, sportstech, robotics, and many others. Let’s meet the entrepreneurs, have fun, and raise a glass to Canada!

    Free, Virtual Event

    Register Here

    Featured Companies:

    1. Advanced Intelligent Systems– Zero-emission autonomous robotic vehicles for agriculture and healthcare
    2. Affinite Instruments– Novel immunoassay therapy for diagnostics and bioproduction
    3. Axolotl Biosciences– Reagents, tissue models, and consulting services for 3D bioprinting
    4. FactR– Enterprise transaction management platform, built on Smart Contracts for accuracy and security
    5. Fluid Biotech– Flow-diverting dissolvable stent for brain aneurysms
    6. IPtoki– Digital identity validation using behavioral biometrics, AI and blockchain
    7. LynX Inspection– Industrial inspection solutions based on a novel 3D radiographic method
    8. OPTT– Digital mental health providing validated digital care plans to healthcare organizations
    9. Pegasus Imagery– Unmanned aircraft / sensor systems for autonomous data collection at scale
    10. Xesto– Computer vision AI, at home sizing tool for feet, hands, faces

  • October 09, 2021 5:00 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Dear CELS members,

    If you are in the Bay Area over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and fear missing out on a great turkey dinner, consider joining local Canadian expats at the annual Digital Moose Lounge / UC Berkeley Canadian Studies on the Berkeley campus.

    Details at the link below 


  • September 17, 2021 3:00 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign and Fogarty Innovation

    Together with MDMA, WSGR, AdvaMed, Medtech Strategist and SVB,

    are pleased to present:

    The American Medical Association webinar


    Physician innovators help drive the future of medicine by solving problems and improving patient care. One of the keys to a successful invention is understanding how a new device or procedure fits into the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code landscape.

    This free webinar will help you understand how the codes used by physicians, health plans, and health technology companies to describe care also support innovation.

    Specifically, you will learn how the CPT process works, how to engage with the CPT editorial panel, and when to apply for a new code.

    More Info & Register

  • May 18, 2021 5:53 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Check-out the JLabs Toronto website for application details for Quick Fire Challenge Opportunities.

    • Advancing Joint Replacement Surgery | Deadline: June 18, 2021

    Up to $50k in grant funding, access to global JLABS networking, and mentoring.

    • Decoding Disparities | Deadline: June 25, 2021

    Grant funding in increments up to $200k, $100k, or $50k, access to global JLABS networking, and mentoring.

    • Improving Detection of AL Amyloidosis (IDEA) | Deadline: July 16, 2021
      Grant funding in increments up to $250k, $150k, or $50k, access to global JLABS networking, and mentoring.

     More Info

  • April 17, 2021 9:00 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    We are happy to share details for an upcoming webinar event presented by EY Canada (a CELS Valley Ready lead Sponsor)

    Wednesday May 12/2021, Noon (ET)

    Changing the rules of the game: how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Canadian life sciences sector - A virtual discussion

    One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts are felt widely across the life sciences sector. Canadian companies in this industry have experienced unprecedented challenges and immense pressure to pivot rapidly. Despite these exceptional circumstances, the sector has weathered the pandemic much better than originally predicted.

    Yet, one thing cannot be ignored: the rules of the game for this sector have changed over the last year and further transformation is likely.  Key topics:

    • Canadian vaccine manufacturing capabilities and capacity
    • The impact of Canadian Environmental and Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) on life sciences financing and innovation across the country.

    For more details and registration click the box below:

    More Info

  • April 17, 2021 8:25 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    From our US East Coast friends, Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE), we are happy to share details for their upcoming webinar. 

    Wednesday April 28, 3 PM (ET) 

    A Fireside Chat With André Picard - Systemic Inequities in Healthcare stemming from the Coronavirus pandemicModerated by Heidi Legg, Founder and editor of The Editorial 


    The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the systemic inequities in healthcare, specifically among the most vulnerable populations.

    André and Heidi will discuss current conditions and the next steps needed to create change.

    André Picard health reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail. Also, he is  the author of five bestselling books.

    André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of a prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada’s first "Public Health Hero" by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a "Champion of Mental Health" by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.

    Heidi Legg is an American/Canadian writer and journalist. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard working on the Future of Media Project. 

    For more info and free registration click the box below:

    More Info

  • March 19, 2021 6:47 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Canadian Life Science companies find the right investors in the Bay Area through Silicon Valley Bank's (SVB) CIPHERBIO.

    It is a free resource (developed by SVB) for life science & healthcare startups to find VC’s that would be a good fit for them (and has also grown into a great tool for investment news and industry insights) – it breaks down markets into sectors and subsectors (including therapeutic areas for biotech).

    It has been a huge success in the US with great insights into investors, companies and accelerators

    Check it out


  • March 07, 2021 6:24 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    Silicon Valley Bank shares their 2020 annual review of Healthcare Investments & Exits and Healthcare 2021 Outlook. Available at the link below

    2020 was quite an active year for investment in life sciences.  2021 looks to be equally promising.

    Thank you to CELS Gold sponsor:  Silicon Valley Bank

    SVB 2020 Review

  • March 03, 2021 1:38 PM | Richard Ayllon (Administrator)

    John Lewis, CEO Entos Pharmaceuticals was a CELS VR webinar guest speaker on February 4th, 2021

    Entos keeps moving ahead.  Read the story and press release below.  

    Edmonton-based Entos Pharmaceuticals has partnered with Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) and The Ottawa Hospital's Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) to manufacture and prepare its COVID-19 DNA vaccine for clinical trials.

    Entos - News Story

    Entos - Press Release

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