MedEdge 2012, York Region’s Life Sciences Business Summit for the Bio-Medical Industry, Takes Place June 14 in Richmond Hill

Premier event, co-sponsored by ventureLAB, to provide top-level collaboration opportunities for York Region and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) bio-medical industry leaders and officials.

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MedEdge 2012 Richmond Hill York Region Ontario

MedEdge 2012

Summit delegates will learn what motivates buyers and how to get products in front of the decision makers

York Region, Ontario (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

More than 250 bio-medical industry professionals and healthcare officials will gather at the MedEdge Life Sciences Business Summit in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The summit takes place Thursday, June 14 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street, Town of Richmond Hill from 8:00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

MedEdge 2012 is billed as a catalyst for advancing Life Science ideas, connections and innovation into commercial successes. MedEdge 2012 is hosted by ventureLAB, the Regional Municipality of York and the Town of Richmond Hill in collaboration with York University.

Event organizers have worked hard to provide big opportunities promoting industry, hospital, academic and government collaborations at MedEdge 2012.

“Summit delegates will learn what motivates buyers and how to get products in front of the decision makers” says Jeremy Laurin, President and CEO of ventureLAB - York Region's Regional Innovation Centre. “Purchasing organizations will be exposed to local innovative bio-medical technology companies and make the contacts necessary to build strategic alliances and partnership.”

MedEdge 2012 highlights two main opportunities in York Region - Life Sciences and IT convergence. Numbers tell the story:

Centrally located in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region is home to nearly 300 Life Sciences companies. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Apotex, Smiths Medical, Drager Medical, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer/Wyeth, GeneNews and Abbott Canada operate in York Region. The region also holds more than 3,500 Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) firms - the highest number of ICT companies per capita in Canada, the highest concentration of Canada’s 250 largest ICT firms (Branham 2011) and is a location of choice for leading Healthcare IT solution providers. IBM Canada, Nightingale Informatix, Cerner Corporation, OpenText, Avaya, Philips Healthcare, Lexmark Healthcare, Alcatel Lucent and CGI all operate in York Region.

Eve Moore, Director or Operations at HandyMetrics Corporation feels that convergence of these two sectors is a huge benefit. “It is precisely this convergence of Life Science and ICT which has led to the development of MedEdge as the platform for technology providers and purchasing decision makers to interact and build relationships that lead to long term mutual benefit.”

MedEdge speakers include:

  •     Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre, former NASA astronaut
  •     Dr. Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA, President of SoPE & Professor of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver
  •     Neil Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Markham-Stouffville Hospital
  •     Patrick Clifford, Director of Research, the Research Institute at Southlake
  •     Altaf Stationwala, Chief Executive Officer, York Central Hospital
  •     Diane Salois-Swallow, CIO York Central Hospital & Southlake Regional Health Centre/Stevenson Memorial Hospital
  •     Usha Srinivasan, Program Director, Business Acceleration Program (BAP), MaRS Discovery
  •     District
  •     Dan Wasserman, Executive in Residence, ventureLAB
  •     Dr. Mario Thomas, Senior Vice President Strategy, Programs and Partnerships; Managing Director, Centre for Commercialization of Research, Ontario Centres of Excellence
  •     Yvonne Geverink, Manager of Corporate Procurement
  •     Gary Hodgins, President & CEO, Pharmax Ltd.
  •     Lahav Gil, CEO, Kangaroo Group
  •     Brian Lewis - President and CEO, MEDEC

More great speakers from York University and other Life Sciences organizations will be on stage.

MedEdge is free to attend, however, is limited to Life Sciences industry professionals, healthcare organizations and associated support organizations.

About ventureLAB

ventureLAB is York Region's non-profit innovation centre for advanced health technology, digital media, ICT, green energy, clean tech and advanced materials & manufacturing entrepreneurs. ventureLAB became the GTA's most northerly centre in the Ontario Network of Excellence [ONE], Ontario’s client-focused, province-wide innovation network in 2011. ventureLAB works locally to facilitate mentoring, partnering and connecting advice for innovative small to medium sized and start-up entrepreneurs in York Region to help turn their great ideas into globally competitive products and services.


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