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TERMIS-AM/ NSERC CREATE Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering and Entrepreneurship Per-conference Workshop

July 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


NSERC CREATE Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip & Entrepreneurship (TOeP) is organizing a pre-conference workshop geared towards inspiring trainees to engage into a process of taking their discovery out of the lab and into the real world.


Uniquely, our workshop speakers were all (or still are) trainees who haven commercialized the discoveries from their PhD or Post-doctoral training through a start-up company. They were instrumental in growing these companies and have valuable lessons to share to facilitate the journey.


At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: understand how to identify the novel components of your work, improve problem-based design in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, understand the steps toward commercialization of devices and cell based therapeutics and what elements to include in a successful pitch.


NSERC CREATE TOeP Training program will reimburse the workshop registration fee for the first 30 trainees who register. Reimbursement forms will be available at the workshop.



Sunday July 10th, 2022

1:00PM-1:20PM      Milica Radisic, Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute; Director, NSERC CREATE Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering and entrepreneurship. www.radisiclab.com

“Introduction to the goals of the workshop”


1:20PM-1:40PM      Anis Hadjenni- CEO and Co-founder, Rheolution Inc, https://rheolution.com/

“From an idea to a successful company- the story of Rheolution”                                                              

1:40PM-2:00PM      Wendy Neimark, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ripple Therapeutics, www.rippletherapeutics.com

“Assessing the novelty of your idea, the story of Ripple”                                                              

2:00PM-2:20PM      Milica Vukmirovic, Director of External Programs & Partnerships, Precision Medicine Initiative, PRiME, University of Toronto, https://www.prime.utoronto.ca/

“Developing a pitch and setting your idea for successful fundraising”                                                             

2:20PM-3:00PM      Networking break


3:00PM-3:20PM      Sepand Bafti, Director of Biological Science at Nortis

 “Working to grow your organ-on-a-chip startup”          https://nortisbio.com/                                                            

3:20PM-3:40PM      Dawn Lin, PhD Candidate at McMaster University & Co-founder Organo-Biotech, https://www.organo-biotech.com/

“Trainee perspective- starting a company during your PhD”                                                                       

3:40PM-4:00PM      Mohsen Akbari, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, https://www.uvic.ca/ecs/mechanical/faculty-and-staff/faculty/makbari.php

“PI perspective on starting a company from the lab”                                                



The long-term objective of TOeP is to educate skilled individuals with expertise in both bioengineering and entrepreneurship, and enable personal development of our students so that they can ultimately fuel the creation of a high-tech economy.

TOeP provides specific workshops for Professional Skill Training in the following categories: Pitching and public speaking; IP Law; Entrepreneurship; Networking and business etiquette; Teamwork, critical thinking, leadership & project management; Business and Finance.  TOeP provides technical training through an Organ-on-a-Chip Course, TOeP specific guest speaker seminars and Ontario-on-a-Chip/TOeP Annual Symposium which features a TOeP student pitch competition.

TOeP provides coaching to the students for pitch development and practice sessions to perfect those. To reach a broader scientific community TOeP also organizes the Entrepreneurship Workshop at the meetings such as this one.

TOeP trainees are required to complete exchanges with other academic labs, in order to satisfy the mobility required for the program,  shadow entrepreneurs, develop their device prototypes and fundraise for commercialization of their prototypes either via VCs, angels and private investors or through grants.


July 10, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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