In 2017, the global medical device field was a $389 billion market (not including stem cell technologies and other biological therapeutics and diagnostics). The health care industry consumes about 14-18 per cent of the gross domestic product in the US (very similar in Canada at 10-12 per cent), and is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries.

This is unsustainable and is further compromised by inefficient technologies. The system needs innovative solutions.

Join us Thursday, March 22, as Paul Santerre talks us through the attributes of a global thinking entrepreneur and discusses the programs that are in place to prepare new entrepreneurs for executing on changing health care. 

Paul Santerre, Professor & Baxter Chair for Health Technology & Commercialization (UHN), University of Toronto
B.Sc (Dalhousie), M.Sc (UNB), PhD (McMaster), FAAAS, FAIMBE, FBSE, P.Eng

Professor J. Paul Santerre is a well-published innovator and scientist in the areas of medical polymers, biodegradation, protein and blood interactions with surfaces, surface modification, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. He is co-founder and co-director of the Health Innovation Hub at the University of Toronto - a student-focused entrepreneur training co-curricular program with over 70 client health science and biomedical engineering start-ups to date. He is also co-founder of Interface Biologics and CSO for the company, and past director for the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.                      

Paul has received several awards for his innovation and industry-related activity, including the Governor General’s award for Innovation and the Professional Engineers of Ontario Entrepreneurship Award in 2017. He was recently awarded with the new Baxter Chair for Health Technology & Commercialization. He was president of the 2016 World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal, and has received multiple awards for his community activity, including the 2016 Community Award from Canadian Biomaterials, the 2018 President’s Impact Award from the University of Toronto, and the 2018 US Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award for his contributions.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am (light breakfast from 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

RSVP to Charmaine at or 902.424.8670 x 1511 by Monday, March 19.

Note to our Cape Breton friends: We’re live-casting this session to a group gathered in Cape Breton at Navigate Startup House, 37 Nepean Street, Sydney. Click here to let our CB team know you’re coming to the Sydney webcast.