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Health Sciences Venture Fair

When Apr 23, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where McMaster Innovation Park - Atrium Building
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Contact Phone 905-525-9140 ext 28707
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Join us in kicking off Hamilton Health Innovation Week as top McMaster health science researchers pitch their novel ideas to venture capital investors! Learn how to succeed as an academic start-up and enjoy a networking lunch and roundtable session to have your questions answered by the investors themselves.  Afternoon reception to follow.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


8:00AM – 9:00AM | Registration + Breakfast

9:00AM - 9:45AM | Keynote: Brian Lichty

9:45AM - 10:45AM | Meet the Investors Panel

10:45AM - 11:00AM | Break

11:00AM - 12:30PM | Health Science Pitches

12:30PM - 1:30PM | Lunch

1:30PM – 3:00PM | Networking + Roundtables

3:00PM – 4:00PM | Kick-off Reception


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Lichty, PhD
Senior VP of Basic Research at Turnstone Biologics, 
Associate Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine at McMaster 

Dr. Brian Lichty is a distinguished scientist with extensive expertise in oncolytic viruses and related immunotherapies. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) at McMaster University. Dr. Lichty is also the Vice President of Basic Research at Turnstone Biologics - a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology company focused on the development of next-generation oncolytic viral immunotherapies for patients with a broad range of solid tumors.  They have a robust pipeline of early-stage investigational therapies based on an engineered Maraba virus. Turnstone Biologics has recently entered into a collaboration with AbbVie, a global pharmaceutical company, which will allow Turnstone to grow in scale and represents an exchange of world-class drug development expertise.  Since 2015, they have raised over $65 million in financing and were recently recognized as a Fierce 15 company, acknowledging their accomplishments as a top up-and-coming biotechnology company. 


Investor Panelists

Moderator: Matt Johnson
Vice President, Business Development, Bloom Burton & Co. Ltd.

Nadia Houri
Manager, Business Development, Blueline Bioscience

Peng Fu
General Partner, Novatio Ventures

Karen Grant
Executive Director, Angel One Network

Damian Lamb
Managing Director, Genesys Capital

Bharat Srinivasa
Senior Analyst, BDC Capital


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