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Synapse Competition Showcase
March 23, 2022

Join the life science community at the ninth annual Synapse Life Science Competition Pitch Showcase!

The Synapse Life Science Competition is designed to help move some of the most innovative life science products and services out of the lab and into the market, by pairing up life science innovators with business and entrepreneurship students.

Attend this year's Showcase, get connected with Hamilton's life science community, and help us celebrate the innovators as we award $100,000+ in cash and prizes!
 

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED. REGISTER BEFORE TICKETS ARE GONE!

Why you should attend:

  • Reconnect with the Hamilton life science ecosystem

  • Hear from the top innovators as they pitch and compete for big prizes

  • Participate in facilitated networking featuring round table discussion topics

  • Enjoy the freedom to navigate the networking session on your own, and introduce yourself to Hamilton's life science leaders, emerging companies and innovators, and more!

2022 AGENDA
 

12:00PM - Remarks & Pitch Presentations

1:00PM - Open Networking & Facilitated Table Discussions

1:30PM - Winners Announced

1:45PM - Open Networking & Facilitated Table Discussions

2:30PM - Event Closes

LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE. SECURE YOUR SPOT BEFORE TICKETS ARE GONE!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TITLE PARTNER

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Gowling WLG is an international law firm located in 19 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.
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SHOWCASE NETWORKING

Enjoy the freedom to navigate the networking experience and connect with Hamilton's life science community

Participate in facilitated networking featuring round table discussion topics

Network with the innovators and meet the winners

Learn about this year's innovators

 

 

STAY TUNED FOR THE FACILITATED NETWORKING DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Laws & Regulations in Life Science with Gowling WLG

  • Trends in Healthcare with McMaster University

  • Opportunities in space/development with MIP
     

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the largest growing sectors in Hamilton!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED, DON'T MISS OUT!

 

SYNAPSE SHOWCASE JUDGES

Alex S. Ross, Counsil at Gowling WLG

ALEX S. ROSS

Counsel, Gowling WLG

Alex Ross  is a lawyer and registered Canadian patent agent. He gained valuable experience early in his career working as an in-house intellectual property lawyer at IBM Canada. Alex delivers a full range of IP services to a wide variety of clients – from startups to multinational companies – with a focus on the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton and the Niagara Region, and he works with both Innovate Niagara and Hamilton's Innovation Factory.  Alex brings a unique perspective to the practical application of life sciences knowledge as an accomplished competitive bodybuilder in the Masters Men's Physique category, having won first prize at OPA and CPA regional events and competed at the national level.

Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson and Johnson Innovation Canada

Dr. Jennifer Hamilton

Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (Canada)

Jennifer Hamilton is the cross-sector innovation lead for Johnson & Johnson in Canada.  She has additionally worked with the J&J Global Community Impact team on a new initiative to test Impact Investing in global health where she is seeking healthcare investments worldwide that have social impact and financial return enabling scaling of technology and services in ultra-low resource settings. 
 
Prior to working with J&J, Jennifer spent 17 years in biotech venture capital at Nomura Phase4 Ventures and Rothschild Asset Management. Jennifer has an MSc and a PhD in Experimental Pathology/Lipid Metabolism from the University of British Columbia and a BSc from the University of Guelph.


 

Lu Han, PhD, Partner, Lumira Ventures

Lu Han 

PhD, Partner, Lumira Ventures

Lu is science driven investor who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build truly innovative best/first-in-class life science companies. Having started as an analyst, today Lu is a Partner at Lumira, focused on deal sourcing, due diligence, company building and global partnership initiatives for Lumira portfolio companies. Prior to joining Lumira, Lu was a co-founder at Sound Options Tinnitus Treatment Inc.  Prior to this, Lu was a strategic consultant at a boutique consultancy firm in the healthcare and life sciences sector, covering both Canadian and International markets.

 

Lu received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Toronto followed by post-doctoral studies at the Hospital for Sick Children. Lu is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Lu is a board director or observer of Lumira Ventures portfolio companies, Amacathera, Deka Biosceinces, LQT Therapeutics and Iterion Therapeutics.

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

 
Gowling WLG
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Ridout & Maybee LLP Canada's Intelectual Property and Technology Law Firm
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Synapse Life Science Consortium
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The Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton
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PRESENTED BY

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