The Intersection of Health Research and Innovation | CABHI’s Community of Innovation Podcast, Episode 14 (LIVE)

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Linking health research and innovation can feel like mixing oil and water. While research lives in the realm of academia, innovation is often associated with business and the marketplace. Yet, closing the gap between these disciplines is critical for accelerating lifesaving aging and brain health solutions.

In this rapid-fire discussion from CABHI’s What’s Next Canada Technology Panel, we’ll discover creative ways to improve the chemistry between research and innovation, so that they act less like oil and water and more like a tasty vinaigrette.

Join our guests, Dr. Ryan D’Arcy (Co-founder, Healthtech Connex), Zayna Khayat (Futurist, SE Health), and George MacGinnis (Healthy Aging Challenge Director, UK Research and Innovation) as they explore “15 big ideas” for accelerating the connection between health research and innovation to solve the global aging challenge.

Listen to this engaging conversation, moderated by Dr. Rosanne Aleong, Director of Research, Translation and Innovation, Rotman Research Institute and host of CABHI’s Community of Innovation Podcast.

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More on CABHI’s Conferences

Today’s podcast episode offers a window into the CABHI’s What’s Next Canada conference, co-produced by Mary Furlong & Associates, which has been the industry’s premier event for networking, collaboration, and learning opportunities for the past two years. In concert with Baycrest’s Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference, What’s Next Canada attracted opportunities for innovators to form transformative collaborations with renowned researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers, and corporate executives in the senior care sector.

CABHI will continue that momentum, launching its CABHI Annual Summit, a global virtual gathering on March 24 and 25, 2021. The 2021 Summit will feature new and exciting opportunities to network and learn from industry experts in the aging and brain health space over a virtual platform, with North America’s largest pitch competition for agetech solutions in the sector, the launch of a global community for older adults, and world-class talks from engaging speakers.

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More on our guests:

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Co-founder, Healthtech Connex

Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy is the co-founder and senior scientist/entrepreneur for Health Tech Connex Inc. Trained in neuroscience and medical imaging, Dr. D’Arcy holds a BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technology and is a professor at Simon Fraser University. He also serves as Head of Health Sciences and Innovation at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital, and is widely recognized for co-founding Health Tech Connex Inc.

Dr. D’Arcy received a BSc. with distinction from University of Victoria along with both MSc and PhD in neuroscience from Dalhousie University. He did post-doctoral training in medical imaging at the National Research Council’s Institute for Biodiagnostics and spent over a decade leading the development of Atlantic Canada’s biomedical imaging cluster. He has extensive experience in translational neuro-imaging and has been the driving force in taking several biotechnology products to market.

Zayna Khayat, Futurist, SE Health

Zayna Khayat is Future Strategist with SE Health (formerly, Saint Elizabeth Health Care) a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on creating a better future for aging adults in their homes and communities. Zayna is Faculty of Singularity University’ Exponential Medicine stream and is adjunct faculty in the Health Sector Strategy stream at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Khayat was previously the lead of health system innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a health innovation hub in Toronto, Canada. In 2017 she was seconded to the REshape Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in the Netherlands. Zayna completed her Ph.D. in diabetes research from the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a career in strategy consulting, including as a Principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She currently resides in Toronto with her husband and three children and is proficient in French and Arabic languages.

George MacGinnis, Healthy Aging Challenge Director, UK Research and Innovation

George MacGinnis is the Challenge Director for Healthy Ageing at UK Research and Innovation. He leads the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge, a research and innovation program supporting the UK Government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge, which aims to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

Before joining UK Research and Innovation, George was responsible for conducting an assessment of the future capacity needs for a reformed health and social care system in the Republic of Ireland, a review of the impact on the NHS of Small Business Research Initiative in Healthcare, and a landscape review of the MedTech sector for the Academic Health Science Networks in England. He also has prior experience working in the USA and Middle East. For several years, George led the user group for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, which is working to enable a consumer-friendly market for digital wellness and health products and services through standards and accreditations. He holds a Masters’ degrees from the University of Cambridge and King’s College, as well as an MBA from the Open University.