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Did you miss the 7th Annual Synapse Life Science Competition?

Check out the 2020 Competition Below!

Though the event is over, you can continue to enjoy the virtual showcase!  And stay tuned for more on the 2021 Showcase!

Innovation Factory established the Synapse Competition in 2014 to help entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.  In the competition, the innovators form teams with upper-year, and graduate-level college and university students who embark on a three-month training program to develop a commercialization plan and investor pitch in support of growing a viable business.


Though this year's Showcase is virtual, for the first time ever we can celebrate Ontario's life sciences innovators in all-new ways!

Also new this year, the Synapse Competition will award the Praxis Prize of $25,000 to Ontario-based entrepreneurs and researchers working on innovations to improve health outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries.

What hasn't changed? Our Synapse finalists are competing for their share of $75,000 in cash and in-kind resources, thanks to the support of our partners.



Our partners play a critical role in supporting the success of the life science industry in Hamilton. We invite you to get to know them!

Innomar Strategies, a part of AmerisourceBergen, is the leading patient support provider in the Canadian specialty biopharmaceutical market. We deliver end-to-end commercialization solutions to improve product access, increase supply chain efficiency and enhance patient care. Strategic consulting, patient support programs, nursing, and clinical services, and specialty pharmacy and logistics are just a few of our key areas of specialization. We partner closely with manufacturers, healthcare providers, pharmacies and payers to ensure patients have consistent and reliable access to specialty medication.

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Gowling WLG is an international law firm located in 18 cities around the world — including Hamilton. Harnessing the broad industry expertise of its 1,400 professionals, far-reaching global platform and forward-thinking partnerships with key local stakeholders, the firm connects Hamilton’s top innovators to a world of opportunity and provides the tools they need to accelerate their success.


The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury (SCI) research, innovation and care. We engage people with SCI and other world-class experts to work together to identify, prioritize and solve the most urgent challenges.  Praxis identifies and supports the development of therapies and medical devices that address the most common secondary health complications. By acting as a catalyst for the most innovative and promising technologies, we derisk the research and advance the science to bring these technological solutions to market.

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Let us know you were here! Sign our virtual guest book.

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Fill out the form on the "Contact" page.  and tell us who you would like to be connected with and why. We will do our best to to help!


Lastly, head over to the "Winners" page to find who will take home their share of $100,000!

Follow the buttons and menu to navigate your way through the virtual showcase experience.


Watch all of the finalists’ poster presentations and the top three finalists pitch to our panel of judges.

Learn about the Praxis Prize and who was selected as finalists.

Get to know this year's esteemed panel of judges, who lent their time and expertise to the competition.

Our partners play a critical role in supporting the success of the life science industry in Hamilton. We invite you to get to know them!

Find out who took home this year's exciting prizes!

Though the showcase is over, please tell us whom you would like to be connected with and why!  Help us continue to grow the greater Hamilton area life science ecosystem.



Who will be the big winners?!


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