Industry Day: Light-Based Technologies for Healthcare


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Join us on July 21st for our second IYL Industry Day

looking at the various applications of light in the healthcare sector.


The use of light in health care is spanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum. With our Industry Day we aim to highlight the importance of light in the healthcare sector, in particular with respect to diagnostic, surgical and other biomedical devices. Leveraging advances in light-based and light-detection technologies have created a large industry with many applications that save thousands of lives every year.

Are you…

  • interested in getting to know how light is used in the healthcare sector?
  • designing or manufacturing light -based tools for healthcare applications?
  • using light-based (diagnostic) tools?
  • interested in partnering with industry or academia?
  • looking to learn about the applications of light-based devices in healthcare?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this event is for you!

Come out on July 21st to


  • find out about the applications and need for light-based technologies in the healthcare sector.
  • network with a wide variety of participants, spanning industry, researchers, and government.
  • experience the products of some of Toronto’s newest start-ups in the healthcare scene.
  • connect with partners for your next project.


8:30 – 9:00  Registration, Coffee & Light Breakfast
 9:00 – 9:25 Welcome Richard McAloney
Director, Technology Management & Entrepreneurship
Impact Centre, U of T
 9:25 – 9:50 Industry Perspective 1
Shining a Light on Clinical Diagnostics
Paul Smith
CEO, Axela
 9:50 – 10:15 Academic Perspective 1
Porphysome Nanotechnology: Road to Clinical Translation
Professor Gang Zheng
Medical Biophysics, U of T
 10:15 – 10:40 Commercialization Story Josh Silvertown
COO, The Canary System
 10:40 – 11:00  Coffee Break
 11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion
Stumbling blocks in commercializing research
Moderator: Cynthia Goh, Director IMCPanellists:

  • Gail Garland, OBIO
  • Steward Aitchison, UofT, ECE
  • Paul Smith, Axela
 12:30 -13:50  Networking Lunch & Company Showcase
 13:50 – 14:00 OBIO Partnerships and Overview Gail Garland
 14:00 – 14:25 Academic Perspective 2
Hyperion’s delight: tales of biomedical applications of lightProfessor
Professor Michael Kolios
Associate Dean of Science, Research and Graduate Studies
Ryerson University
 14:25 – 14:50 Industry Perspective 2
Some challenges in translating basic medical results into commercial products
Lahav Gil
CEO and Founder
Kangaroo Group
 14:50 – 15:00 Closing Remarks and Opening of Networking Professor Cynthia Goh
Director, Impact Centre
 15:00 – 15:20  Coffee Break
 15:20 – 16:30 Networking
Discussion Groups
Tour of the Impact Centre
Discussion groups: 3 groups, max.10 people
After coffee break, discussion will move to the Impact Centre space at 112 College Street, Room 417, Toronto, M5G 1L6


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Koffler House - KP108

569 Spadina Crescent, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J7 Canada

Koffler House - KP108



For more info about the event, contact

Christina Mueller
Business Development

James Li
Project Manager


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