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Turning Invention into Innovation

JLABS @ Toronto

Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

Turning Invention into Innovation

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Have you ever had a great discovery but got stuck because you didn’t know how to translate your work in the lab into a viable product for patients?

Canada has an excellent track record for invention, but struggles with innovation. In particular, scientific inventions of a radical, generic nature, with high potential economic and social value, can languish in the lab because of prolonged uncertainty and high commercialization costs.

As a scientist, how do you give your lab invention a better chance of transforming products and services from concept to commercialization? When is a start-up venture the best route to market? How do you raise the money to make it through clinical trials?

JLABS @ Toronto is proud to present Professor Elicia Maine, who will offer commercialization strategies for scientist-entrepreneurs. In particular, she will focus on the use of strategic timing to give biomedical ventures better chances for success.

Elicia Maine, PhD | Academic Director, Science & Technology Commercialization, Beedie School of Business at SFU
Elicia Maine is a Professor at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and is the Academic Director of an innovative graduate certificate program "Invention to Innovation". Specializing in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent.
She disseminates her innovation management research across management and science domains, publishing in Research Policy, R&D Management, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials. A truly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from Cambridge University, Master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and undergraduate degrees in Materials Engineering and English from Queen's University.
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10:30 AM | Registration
11:00 AM | Presentation
12:00 PM | Discussion and Q&A
12:30 PM | Networking and Lunch*
1:30 PM | Program Close

*Light food & beverage provided

Who should attend:
Biomedical scientist-entrepreneurs, life science industry executives, founders, CEOs, business development managers and marketing managers of start-ups and other private companies.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required.

JLABS @ Toronto
661 University Ave, Suite 1300
Toronto, Ontario

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JLABS @ Toronto
661 University Ave
Suite 1300
Toronto, ON M5G 1M1

Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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JLABS @ Toronto

JLABS, part of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is a network of life science incubators providing emerging companies many of the advantages of being in a big company, without the capital investment. JLABS offers singular bench tops, modular wet lab units and office space on a short-term basis, allowing companies to pay only for the space they need, with an option to quickly expand when they have the resources to do so. Companies residing at JLABS also have access to core research labs hosting specialized capital equipment and shared administrative areas. JLABS is an open innovation model, and the agreement for space does not grant JLABS or Johnson & Johnson Innovation any stake or rights in the companies, nor will the companies have a guaranteed future affiliation with JLABS. The flagship facility is located in San Diego at Janssen's West Coast Research Center, and JLABS has now two established locations in San Francisco - one through a collaboration with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and a second standalone facility - one in Boston through a collaboration with Lab Central, one in Houston through a collaboration with TMC, and one in Toronto through a collaboration with MaRS. For more information please visit

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