Day 1: Business of healthcare

10:00

Networking

Networking

30 mins

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Health innovation expo

Expo

6 hours

Visit booths from sponsors, startups and content partners to find out more about what they are...

Visit booths from sponsors, startups and content partners to find out more about what they are offering.

10:35

Welcome and opening remarks

Main stage

10 mins

Welcome, introductions and what to expect at MaRS Impact Health.

Welcome, introductions and what to expect at MaRS Impact Health.

10:50

Opening fireside chat with Mariana Mazzucato

Main stage

25 mins

A conversation with Mariana Mazzucato, one of the world’s most influential economists, on rethinking the capacities...

A conversation with Mariana Mazzucato, one of the world’s most influential economists, on rethinking the capacities and role of government to solve the biggest challenges of our time. From disease and inequality, to the digital divide and the climate crisis, Mariana will detail the leadership and experimentation necessary to build mission-oriented economies.

11:20

Investor roundtable

Main stage

30 mins

Hear from leading health venture capitalists in Canada and the U.S. on the boom in funding...

Hear from leading health venture capitalists in Canada and the U.S. on the boom in funding for health-tech, biotech, medical devices, diagnostics and more. What has changed in the last year that is contributing to the newfound, furious pace of deal-making, as well as the number of acquisitions and IPOs? What major advances in biotech are sparking this activity? What is needed to bring more Canadian investors to the sector?

11:55

mRNA science and commercialization

Main stage

30 mins

For decades, scientists have dreamed about the possibilities of mRNA. The technology can turn any cell...

For decades, scientists have dreamed about the possibilities of mRNA. The technology can turn any cell in the body into an on-demand drug factory and might be able to fight other diseases, such as M.S. and cancer. Canadian scientists have led important mRNA discoveries. What impact is mRNA science having on the ecosystems where it is being developed?

12:30

Regional spotlight: Scaling and adoption

Main stage

50 mins

Meet health scale-ups from across the country. How are these ventures building, scaling and tackling adoption...

Meet health scale-ups from across the country. How are these ventures building, scaling and tackling adoption challenges today, and what does this say about the Canadian landscape?

1:20

Coffee break

1:30

Talent crunch: Building the life-sciences talent pipeline

Main stage

30 mins

To succeed, scaling companies need experienced senior executives, managers, scientists and software engineers — specialized talent...

To succeed, scaling companies need experienced senior executives, managers, scientists and software engineers — specialized talent that’s often in short supply. Canada must develop, attract and retain more senior talent. Without it, promising ventures could stall or move elsewhere to find the people they need. This panel explores opportunities to bolster the biotech and life-sciences talent pipeline.

2:05

Logistics of health

Main stage

30 mins

The lack of PPE, vaccine shortages and varied disruption to manufacturing of all stripes required health...

The lack of PPE, vaccine shortages and varied disruption to manufacturing of all stripes required health innovators to reconfigure the way they do business. Hear from a number of health-device manufacturers on how they’re navigating challenged healthcare supply chains — maintaining and even accelerating production.

2:40

Insulin 100

Main stage

30 mins

Insulin was discovered in Toronto — and the first clinical trials were conducted on the site...

Insulin was discovered in Toronto — and the first clinical trials were conducted on the site of what is today MaRS. On this foundation, we’ve seen discovery, innovation and collaboration that has transformed healthcare and helped countless lives around the world. Over the past century, scientists have made game-changing advancements in the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. This session will share some of the latest innovations in the space, as well as ways to make medications and treatments more accessible, while helping companies grow.

3:15

Fireside chat with Dr. Vin Gupta

Main stage

20 mins

A conversation with Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonary and critical care physician who is professor of...

A conversation with Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonary and critical care physician who is professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington and chief medical officer for Amazon’s COVID-19 response. Hear Dr. Gupta’s thoughts on health technology in the workplace, from pandemic supports and preventative health to privacy.

3:35

Networking

Networking

25 mins

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

4:00

Day 2: Healthcare transformation

9:30

Networking

Networking

30 mins

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Health innovation expo

Expo

7.5 hours

Visit booths from sponsors, startups and content partners to find out more about what they are...

Visit booths from sponsors, startups and content partners to find out more about what they are offering.

10:00

Opening remarks

Main stage

5 mins

Welcome to Day 2 of MaRS Impact Health.

Welcome to Day 2 of MaRS Impact Health.

10:05

The pandemic’s psychological fallout

Main stage

30 mins

Demand for psychological support surged during the pandemic. How can we address these societal needs while...

Demand for psychological support surged during the pandemic. How can we address these societal needs while also preparing for future mental-health crises? What role do A.I., remote therapy, apps and other technologies play in lessening the bottleneck in the healthcare system? What gaps remain? Is remote everything just contributing to the problem?

10:40

A.I. in healthcare: Past the promise

Main stage

30 mins

How can we accelerate the positive impact of A.I. in healthcare and what are the major...

How can we accelerate the positive impact of A.I. in healthcare and what are the major barriers to adoption? This panel looks at how A.I. is already being harnessed in medicine and pathways to more mainstream use.

11:15

Elder care

Main stage

20 mins

The shocking long-term-care tragedies of the pandemic revealed the urgent need to change how we care...

The shocking long-term-care tragedies of the pandemic revealed the urgent need to change how we care for the elderly.

11:40

Fireside chat with Moderna co-founder Derrick Rossi

Main stage

30 mins

When Derrick Rossi co-founded Moderna (a play on “modified RNA”), he had no idea his discovery...

When Derrick Rossi co-founded Moderna (a play on “modified RNA”), he had no idea his discovery would eventually be used to inoculate the world against COVID-19. This discussion explores how he advanced mRNA science, founded Moderna, and became a serial entrepreneur in biotech. Hear his insights on transforming scientific discovery into medical and commercial success.

12:10

Coffee break

12:30

Transforming women's health: Bridging the gender gap

Main stage

30 mins

Until recently, medical research focused on men, with the results from studies simply applied to women....

Until recently, medical research focused on men, with the results from studies simply applied to women. Many prescriptions, drug therapies and treatment plans used today have either been studied only in males or with mixed populations. Studies have found differences in the way women respond to vaccines, metabolize medications, suffer brain injuries, and present symptoms for conditions like Alzheimer’s and heart disease. This panel explores the impact of gender bias in health research and new technologies supporting women’s health today.

1:05

Regulatory innovation

Main stage

30 mins

COVID-19 has required an unprecedented and collaborative response from health product regulators worldwide. Clinical trials and...

COVID-19 has required an unprecedented and collaborative response from health product regulators worldwide. Clinical trials and approvals were sped up dramatically during COVID-19. How did this happen and what is the result? How are regulatory agencies around the world collaborating to improve the regulatory process?

1:35

Coffee break

1:45

Venture presentations: Therapeutics

Main stage

30 mins

Join to hear presentations from top Canadian health ventures in the therapeutics space. These presenters are...

Join to hear presentations from top Canadian health ventures in the therapeutics space. These presenters are pushing the envelope in designing new molecules, editing the genome and treating cancer.

2:20

Venture presentations: Remote care

Main stage

30 mins

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures fostering the next generation of remote care. Whether it’s keeping care...

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures fostering the next generation of remote care. Whether it’s keeping care teams and families coordinated, powering more effective remote sessions, or enabling at-power physiotherapy, these ventures are making healthcare better for patients.

2:55

Venture presentations: Diagnostics

Main stage

30 mins

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures changing how disease is diagnosed and tracked. From early detection of...

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures changing how disease is diagnosed and tracked. From early detection of Alzheimer’s to tracking the progress of chronic diseases, these ventures’ powerful new tools are revolutionizing the health game.

3:30

Venture presentations: Pain management

Main stage

30 mins

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures giving patients and healthcare providers new options for pain management.

Watch presentations from MaRS ventures giving patients and healthcare providers new options for pain management.

4:00

Networking

Networking

60 mins

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

Participate in 1:1 roulette style conversations.

5:00