BioPort 2018 Announces Keynote Speakers And Explores the Future of Life Sciences in Atlantic Canada

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BioPort 2018 Announces Keynote Speakers 
And Explores the Future of Life Sciences in Atlantic Canada

June 21, 2018 – Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA – Health and life sciences innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America will come together to attend BioPort 2018, on November 7-8, 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. This year’s event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Corrina Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix, Inc. and William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist, who will explore the transformative impact of technology on life sciences companies and health care. The annual event will also feature a business pitch competition and an exciting new program targeting Nova Scotia’s youth.

“BioPort highlights the potential of the health and life sciences sector in Atlantic Canada to tackle the world’s toughest challenges,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova. “This year our speakers will share how embracing disruptive technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, present opportunities to grow our sector.”

Corinna Lathan, Ph.D., will provide the keynote address on November 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm ADT. Dr. Lathan is a neuroscientist, engineer, and health technology entrepreneur. Her company has successfully developed an FDA-cleared mobile platform for healthcare providers to assess cognitive function. She has also developed robotics for kids with disabilities, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers. These human-technology innovations have been featured in Forbes and Time magazines, and led to Dr. Lathan being named as MIT Technology Review Magazine’s ‘Top 100 World Innovators’.

On November 8, 2018 at 12:30 pm ADT, William Charnetski, LL.B, will provide a keynote address on how collaboration across the health care system facilitates the adoption of innovative health technologies. Mr. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law, and government. For over 10 years he was vice president and general counsel for AstraZeneca. He was also a partner at the law firm Torys LLP and served as chief of staff to The Hon. William Graham, P.C., Q.C.

As per previous years, BioPort will feature the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC), an Atlantic Canadian health and life science business pitch competition that gives entrepreneurs a chance to win $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea. New to this year’s program, the conference will also feature BioInnovation Challenge Junior (BIC Junior), for Nova Scotian high school and first year post-secondary students to create health and life science business ideas. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

For more information or to register for the event, visit BioPortAtlantic.ca. Complimentary media registration is available to reporters. Follow #BioPort2018 @BioNovaNS for updates.

About BioPort
Since 2002, BioPort has provided a forum to inform and inspire the health and life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies, and build links within the region, nationally and abroad.

About BioNova
BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop clean energy solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

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For more Information, contact: 
Shana Cristoferi
Marketing Manager, BioNova
scristoferi@bionova.ca
(902) 421-5705

ENTREVESTOR: BioPort 2018 Unveils Speakers

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by Jennifer Lee | Jun 24, 2018

The keynote speakers for the 2018 BioPort conference will be Corrina Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix in Maryland, and William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist.

BioNova, which organizes the annual gathering for life science innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America, revealed the keynote speakers in a statement last week. BioPort will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre on Nov. 7 and 8.

“BioPort highlights the potential of the health and life sciences sector in Atlantic Canada to tackle the world’s toughest challenges,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, in the statement.

“This year our speakers will share how embracing disruptive technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, present opportunities to grow our sector.”

Lathan will give her keynote address the evening of Nov. 7 and Charnetski will give his on Nov. 8 in the afternoon. Their talks will dive into the relationship between technology and life sciences companies and health care systems.

Lathan’s company provides healthcare providers with a mobile platform to moniter cognitive function. In her career she has also developed robotics for kids with disabilities, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers.

Charnetski, a global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law, and government, will discuss how collaboration across the healthcare system requires the adoption of innovative health technologies.

Since 2011, BioPort has been hosting the BioInnovation Challenge, a pitching competition open to health and life science entrepreneurs from the East Coast. This year, participants could win up to $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea.

Past winners include, Pfera from Fredericton, MacKenzie Healthcare Technologies and Covina Biomedical, both of which are from Nova Scotia.

Pfera, a company that is developing products for safer and more cost-effective horse breeding, won in October 2017 and was able to start conductng clinical trials two months later.

The company, which helps breeders determine the due date of a pregnant mare, was incorporated in January 2017 and aims to launch late this year.

BioPort 2018 is also the inaugural year for a new program for Nova Scotia’s youth.

BioInnovation Challenge Junior (BIC Junior) is open to Nova Scotian high school and first year post-secondary students with health and life science business ideas. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

You can register for the events here.

Top 5 reasons students should get involved in Health and Life Science

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For students, many parts of the Health and Life Science sector can seem intimidating. Science has a different image in the classroom than what it truly is in the field. We’re hoping to change this by encouraging young people to get involved in the BIC Junior business pitch competition happening on November 7th, 2018. Below are 5 reasons students should get an early start in the Health and Life Science Sector.

  1. Raises awareness

Health and Life Science is a high-value sector that offers many career opportunities. Raising awareness among students, educators and the public about the value of the sector in Nova Scotia can change the way we think about what working in Life Science is all about.  We need show the high-quality jobs that are available, and the ways they can help move us towards a healthier and wealthier Nova Scotia.

  1. Builds confidence

How can a student feel confident about something they are not familiar with?  It makes sense that the more someone is exposed to something, such as the possibilities of a career in Health and Life Science, the less intimidating it will seem.  BIC Junior provides support and guidance from the right mentors to help students learn to build their skills as an entrepreneur and future CEO.  Building confidence in students allows them to realize their full potential and reach unimaginable goals.

  1. Puts young people in a rewarding sector

There’s a drive in young people that when given the right opportunities, they are empowered to change the world.  Young people in science means forward thinking.  The sector constantly needs fresh, sharp minds to enter this sector with a goal of improving the lives of Nova Scotians.  Innovations coming out of the Life Science sector are changing the future of healthcare as we know it and are impacting people’s lives for the better.

  1. Inspires careers

Opportunities such as BIC Junior give students the chance to experience real-life scenarios that come with being a Life-Science Entrepreneur. Programs such as these will be greatly influential in mapping out future careers.  Hands-on learning resonates with students and has the potential to inspire them to pursue higher education and work in complex sectors that are changing lives.  When we get more young people interested in careers in Health and Life Science, we are creating a stronger economy for the future.

  1. Cultivates the next generation of leaders

Life Science careers are so much more than what meets the eye.  They require creativity and clever thinking.  They require you to look at the world around you and see problems that could be fixed.  Critical thinking is what we need to make our economy and healthcare better than ever.  These are the qualities we want in our future leaders.  Shaping the next generation of leaders towards Life Science moves our economy and healthcare forward.