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Access to Innovation 2019

January 30 - January 31

Event details:

Registration: Register for the conference here

Date: Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Objective: To engage both federal and provincial ministries of health in identifying the priorities for our health care system; to explore key areas of collaboration; to understand health care cost drivers and where possible, collaborate and drive engagement with the private/public sector to facilitate uptake of innovation.


Access to Innovation 2019 is constructed to guide, advance and to move momentum into action. During this two-day conference, attendees will; explore the future of human life sciences discovery locally, nationally and internationally; uptake of discovery/innovation into health care systems; identify key trends driving disruption; while identifying essential steps to keep BC at the forefront of the innovation journey.

The conference is poised to bring together health and life science community stakeholders to discuss and deliver meaningful ways to collaborate, deliver innovation and engage government with the intention of improving patient-care outcomes and cost saving measures.

The life science industry; e.g. biopharma, diagnostics, medical device and digital health, is driven by an innovation agenda that moves discovery from the bench, to commercial markets with vital adoption by health care systems and practices. Discovery made and proven in labs, which then continues through the development and commercialization process, leading to effective use in patient care, is essential if we are to manage responsible, meaningful and affordable health care initiatives in the 21st Century.

Speakers Announced:

  • Ohad Arazi, Chief Strategy Officer & Vice President, TELUS Health Living Labs
  • Karimah Es Sabar, President & CEO, Quark Venture & Chair, Health and Biosciences Economic Strategy Table
  • Neil Fraser, President, Medtronic Canada
  • Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Tom Noseworthy, President & CEO, British Columbia Academic Health Science Network
  • Sue Paish, CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
  • Dr. Simon Pimstone, Director, Xenon Pharmaceuticals


January 30
January 31


Life Sciences BC


Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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