This proceedings report explores how to build a medtech innovation hub based on other pioneering, exemplary incubators across North America. Each alludes to a culture of health innovation and entrepreneurialism. The report includes the top innovators and start-ups showcase and Start-Up to Scale-Up Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction and MedTech Visionary Award.
This fourth annual Waterloo Medtech Conference could be a watershed, a defining moment for Waterloo Region, as we build upon the successes and lessons from other medtech infrastructure projects in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Baltimore and beyond.
"We look forward to discussing the conference outcomes further with key players within the community and can't wait for next year's conference to provide a progress update on the MedTech infrastructure within Waterloo Region," explained Dr. Doug Dittmer, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician.
This proceedings report was produced by John Gregory, Opencity Inc., Rebecca MacIntyre, Intellijoint Surgical Inc., and Shirley Fenton, Waterloo MedTech.
However, before an innovation can be adopted in medical practice, researchers must overcome significant cost and resource-heavy barriers around technology deployment.
Waterloo MedTech leverages the Region's unique collaborative innovation culture to address the gap between healthcare research and its adoption in practice.Learn more
That's where Waterloo MedTech comes in. An innovator presents his or her research to our skilled Waterloo MedTech team who then provide support in connecting to legal, clinical, and related industry next steps required to take the idea to market.
Specifically the Waterloo MedTech team and partners can:
Waterloo MedTech leverages timely opportunity within Waterloo Region's uniquely collaborative innovation culture to advance the outcomes of healthcare research.
The powerful Waterloo MedTech team and partners help visionaries access neccessary resources and guidance to move their idea forward.
Waterloo MedTech has created an ecosystem that can foster any new medical technology idea, connecting a network of of innovators to powerful commercialization partners.
Our founders have been recognized nationally and internationally for their accolades around mobilizing innovations in healthcare research.
A founding tenant of the data hub, the Waterloo MedTech founders and directors compose a powerful team of award-winning leadership, boasting prestigious national and international distinctions.
International multi-award winning scientist and researcher; Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of the Computer Systems Group, and Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo.
30+ years experience in business development, information technology, and health IT; VP, National Institutes of Health Informatics; Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
Former CIO for the City of Waterloo; recognized leader in IT with 30+ years diverse experience; start-up mentor and executive advisor for Smart Cities / Smart Government.
Co-founder of multiple successful start-ups nationally and internationally; Mark's community leadership led the transformation of Waterloo into an intelligent city globally.
7+ years as a physician; a strong advocate for the adoption of innovation within the healthcare ecosystem; former family medicine practitioner; currently Chief of Anesthesia at Groves Memorial Community Hospital.
20+ years of experience in MedTech and Health Informatics innovation; leader and mentor in health IT design, development, and commercialization; guides digital transformation strategies for healthcare organizations nationally and internationally.
20+ years experience building strong brands and go-to-market strategies for healthcare start-up, scale-up and established medical device and information technology organizations including successful Waterloo companies, Mitra Imaging and Client Outlook.