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A thriving economy has always depended on the health of its people. Today, new innovations in healthcare are helping people live better lives and improving patient outcomes while making the healthcare industry more affordable and improving efficiencies.

From April 1–5, you’re invited to Health Innovation Week, Canada’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and the health ecosystem. Hosted by MaRS and held across the Toronto region, Health Innovation Week allows participants to network, secure funding and learn from industry experts. This year, the conference’s many events focus on three key themes:


Startups and their employees are on the front lines of health innovation. Hear from the brilliant minds behind the latest technologies and trends through keynotes, live panels and hackathons.


Behind every great idea is a passionate investor. Mix and mingle with startup leaders and diverse financers via networking events, pitch competitions and receptions.


A better healthcare system starts with adopting new technologies to create better outcomes. Engage healthcare providers and government representatives looking to improve policy and infrastructure to improve lives.

Join us for 30+ events being held across the region, including:

MaRS HealthKick Adopt

Monday, April 1

MaRS Auditorium
8am – 4pm

HealthKick Adopt is where health institutions, decision-makers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the adoption of the latest health solutions.

Through case studies, panel presentations, high-impact key notes and discussions, HealthKick Adopt will explore the latest trends in how health systems are accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies and solutions. This event will share the perspectives of Canadian public and private health institutions, U.S. health systems and multinational enterprises, and focus on how innovators can position themselves to drive the adoption of their technologies in local and foreign markets.


AI & Healthcare: Surging Investment: hosted by iGan Partners

Monday, April 1

2:30 – 3:30pm
Hosted by iGAN @ MaRS Discovery District

The Toronto region is a fast-growing AI hub. Join iGan Partners for an afternoon of insights into the future of the sector as local AI leaders discuss their views on practical adoption, use, and deployment of AI; entrepreneurs delve into what exists today and what to expect in the near future; and investors explore how to tactically navigate the investment landscape of an evolving “AI bubble.”

Stay tuned for more information!


iGan Partners annual general meeting

Monday, April 1

3:30 – 5:00pm
Hosted by iGAN @ MaRS Discovery District

Gain insights into the future of healthcare with iGan Partners, Canada’s leading early-stage healthcare IT and medical device VC firm. This event will showcase iGan’s investment platform, current operations and annual results, including new investments and exits made in the past year. Hear also from iGan’s portfolio companies, who are using technology to pave a path forward in healthcare.

Stay tuned for more information!


Life Sciences Ontario Networking Night

Monday, April 1

5:30 – 9:30pm
Marché Restaurant’s MUVBAR – Brookfield Place Street Level – 42 Yonge Street
Hosted by LSO

Please join the LSO members for April’s Networking Night at Marche Restaurant. It will be an opportunity to meet and network with people from all across the Life Sciences industry.

LSO is the voice of Ontario’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector through advocacy, education, and promotion of commercial success. Please drop by anytime after work and join us for drinks (cash bar) and build your own network. We hope to see you all there.

Free to attend for members and non-members.


Canada BioBreak

Monday, April 1

5:30 – 7:30pm

Please join us for the inaugural BioBreak in Toronto. BioBreak is a great opportunity to meet with leading CEOs, Venture Capitalist and Heads of BD in the life science community. This event is presented in partnership between TOHealth!,Norton Rose Fulbright and BioBreak Organization, a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing together senior executives from across the biotech, pharma, medtech, diagnostics and venture capital industries.

Please review BioBreak eligibility criteria for membership and attendance.


Toronto Rehab KITE Tour

Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5

12:00 – 1:30pm
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Tour one of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation research and development centres — a place where new treatments and technologies have been developed for people recovering from and living with disabling injury or illness.

These exclusive tours have limited space so register now in advance to secure your space.


Health Innovation Week Partnering Pavilion

Monday, April 1- Friday, April 5

Partnering Pavilion is included with your registration to one of our 30+ events taking place throughout the week. Schedule a meeting with potential partners, connect with colleagues and grab a coffee in our partnering lounge, hosted by MaRS and Global Affairs Canada.

System will open late February. Make sure you register for one of the events in the calendar and stay tuned for more information!


2019 Canada Gairdner Awards Announcement

Tuesday, April 2

7:30 – 9:00am
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon,
Toronto Reference Library,
789 Yonge Street

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, which celebrate and honour the world’s best biomedical and global health researchers. Join us for an exciting morning with breakfast, networking and the announcement of the 2019 Canada Gairdner Award Laureates.


MaRS HealthKick Invest

Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 3

MaRS Auditorium

MaRS HealthKick Invest is the largest early-stage health investment conference in Canada. It will feature talks by leading health investors and executives, one-on-one meetings between companies and investors, and the HealthKick Challenge pitch competition.


JLABS: Trials and Tribulations of the Start-Up Journey: Raising Funds to Board Management

Tuesday, April 2

5:30 – 8:30 pm
JLABS @ Toronto
Hosted in partnership with TOHealth

The peaks and valleys of being an entrepreneur never end. Starting a new business is filled with challenges, and as your venture grows, you’re bound to encounter both opportunities and roadblocks along the way. We will be exploring the journey of a healthcare startup when it comes to investment. From raising funds early in your startup’s life, to achieving the next stage of assembling and managing a board, you’ll hear about all the speedbumps you might hit along the way.


healthBOT 2019

Wednesday, April 3

Hosted by Conversation Health
12 – 5pm

healthBOT 2019 brings together a lineup of global experts that leverage conversational AI (text, voice, and digital human bots) to solve many of the key challenges in healthcare. This year we are building on the overwhelming success of healthBOT 2018 that saw over 200 attendees participate in an event that ignited incredible Q&A interactions .  Many of last years speakers will return – along with some fresh faces that will extend discussions into some of the new opportunities in conversational AI – including both digital humans &  conversational ads (yes ads that chat with you) !  

The event is designed for anyone who is looking to leverage the power of conversational AI to scale the interactions that truly matter in healthcare. 

Stay tuned for more information!


Women in Life Sciences Reception

Wednesday, April 3

Hosted by accel-rx
6 – 9pm

An evening of inspiration, connection and enlightenment for women in health sciences. Stay tuned for more details.


Canada’s MedTech Conference 2019

Wednesday, April 3 - Thursday, April 4

Hosted by MEDEC
The International Centre

The Canadian healthcare system faces growing challenges to provide better results for patients while simultaneously reducing costs. In this emerging value-based environment, choices around the adoption of medical technologies are under increasing scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders beyond the traditional patient-MD relationship.

Canada’s MedTech Conference is the premier industry event for government, service providers and health system leaders interested in learning about the emerging challenges in medical technology. Join industry leaders as they discuss and share insights into how to advance patient care, and how medical technology can contribute to health system sustainability.


Beyond Pilot-itis: Service Design to Drive Adoption.

Wednesday, April 3

Hosted by Healthcare Human Factors
4 – 6pm

Join Healthcare Human Factors and other innovators as we dive into what is arguably the most challenging domain within the innovation lifecycle, adoption.  Through a series of compelling cases, we will showcase the ability of service design to build a strong foundation for innovations to be adopted and scaled.

Stay tuned for more information!


HealthTO Meetup

Wednesday, April 3

HealthTO events bring together the Toronto healthcare community to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.


Investing in Cell and Gene Therapies: The Future of Biotech

Wednesday, April 3

2:00 – 7:00pm
JLABS @ Toronto
Hosted by CCRM

CCRM, a leader in regenerative medicine technologies, is bringing together local and international investors, entrepreneurs and academics to discuss the future of cell and gene therapy biotech. Join us for an afternoon of engaging discussion with leaders in the field, followed by an evening networking reception.

Event is by invite only.
Request invitation by emailing


iGan Partners: healthcare investor dinner

Wednesday, April 3

7:00 – 9:00PM
By invitation only

Join iGan Partners at an exclusive dinner and networking event in Yorkville. Meet and network with international and local investors, knowledgeable industry experts, and high-potential entrepreneurs building the future of healthcare.


Access and Global Markets with Trade Commissioner Service

Thursday, April 4

8:00 – 11:00am
JLABS @ Toronto

This event will raise awareness of international life sciences markets and services provided by the Trade Commissioner Service to Canadian companies aiming to expand globally. Participants will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges they could face when entering new markets, best practices, and the advantages of working with Trade Commissioners. The networking portion of the event will allow Canadian health ventures to meet and discuss business opportunities with foreign delegates accompanying Trade Commissioners from around the world to Health Innovation Week.

This event is hosted by MaRS and Global Affairs Canada


HealthKick Focus: How AI will transform the pharma industry

Thursday, April 4

12 – 4pm

HealthKick Focus will bring together startups, the pharmaceutical industry and thought leaders as they explore some of the recent trends, advances and real-life developments in the field. Discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the application of AI, and how it may lead to one of the most significant transformations of the pharmaceutical industry in decades.


Cannabis Innovation Summit

Thursday, April 4

9am- 2pm
MaRS Auditorium

The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has opened up a number of questions pertaining to the safety and efficacy for particular disease indications and long term use. This timely summit will discuss the questions that need to be addressed for the health and safety of patients using cannabis to treat disorders, ailments and disease as well as promote the essential evidence-based research that needs to take place in order to address some of these questions.

The Summit will focus on the drug development of cannabis and cannabinoid related therapies and drug delivery mechanisms from discovery to innovation. It will explore various clinical applications and trials around the assessment of the safety and efficacy of cannabis as a medicine and discuss important societal issues as it relates to mental and body health.


Exiting the EU: Opportunities for Life Science Companies

Thursday, April 4

12:00- 1:30pm
CR3, @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Join the UK’s Department for International Trade for a discussion about the latest developments as the UK prepares to leave the EU, and the opportunities and implications for life science companies.

Lunch will be served.


Breaking Boundaries: Support for Innovation in the UK

Thursday, April 4

2:00- 3:00pm
CR3 @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Join specialists from Innovate UK, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, the Newcastle Innovation Centre for Aging, and Manchester’s Health Innovation District for a discussion about the financial and infrastructure support available for international companies looking to undertake innovation in the UK. This session is ideal for companies looking to expand their presence internationally and access funding. Our UK specialists will participate in a facilitated discussion and finish by taking questions from attendees.


Navigating the NHS: Adopting Innovations in the UK

Thursday, April 4

3:00- 4:00pm
CR3 @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Join specialists from Manchester’s Health Innovation District, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, and the UK’s Department for International Trade for a discussion about the priorities of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and the support available for companies who want to better understand how to sell to the NHS. Attendees will learn firsthand from a Canadian company who successfully navigated the NHS, hear our specialists participate in a facilitated discussion, and finish the session with a Q&A.


FACIT Falcons’ Fortunes Pitch Competition

Thursday, April 4

Hosted by FACIT, the 6th annual Falcons’ Fortunes pitch competition showcases Ontario-based entrepreneurial researchers developing breakthrough oncology innovations. FACIT will award $50,000 to the pitch that best convinces an investor panel on the value of the idea and its potential impact on the lives of patients with cancer.


JLABS: Approaches to Partnering with Pharma for AI Drug Discovery Companies

Thursday, April 4

4:30 – 8:00pm
JLABS @ Toronto
Hosted in partnership with TOHealth

Joseph Lehar, Vice President, Data Sciences, Oncology at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, will discuss how Janssen R&D is evolving their business model and partnering with AI companies to expedite drug discovery. You will also hear from three startup companies with roots in Canada who are leveraging AI to exploit unique aspects of drug discovery.


Aging and Rehabilitation Innovation Showcase

Friday, April 5

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
550 University Ave, Toronto,
2nd Floor Auditorium

Join us for a glimpse into some of Canada’s most innovative solutions around aging and rehabilitation. This session will feature high-impact talks from leaders in the space, showcase cutting-edge technologies, and introduce attendees to the startups and researchers who will shape the future of aging and rehabilitation technology for years to come.

Registration opens soon. Stay tuned for more information!


Hacking Health in the Community

Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31

MaRS Auditorium
Hosted by Hacking Health

Health Innovation Week 2019 is kicking off with an exciting event hosted by Hacking Health. Join us for an action packed 3-day hackathon March 29th to 31st!

We’re calling all passionate innovators, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and patients to join forces and solve some of the greatest challenges facing patients in the community. Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Connected Health & Aging… all topics are on the table as participants explore ways to improve healthcare in our communities. Using design thinking, teams will ideate, iterate, and create prototypes of their solutions. The best part? The most innovative and impactful solutions will win prizes ranging from cash to in-kind services that will support and scale those winning projects.

Let’s bring greater innovation to healthcare together!

Stay tuned for more information!


+ more events to be announced!

Attention health ventures: Applications are open for the MaRS HealthKick Pitch Competition 2019.

Who should attend


Are you a fundraising CEO, entrepreneur or executive at a health startup? Whether you’re pitching for your next funding round or securing top talent — or both—Health Innovation Week is the ideal place to network with investors, potential employees and corporate leaders.


Are you an investor in the health sector? Discover innovative companies in biotech, medical devices, digital health and consumer health and wellness. At Health Innovation Week, you’ll hear from founders who are transforming healthcare on a global scale.


Are you looking to build partnerships in the health community? Health Innovation Week brings together government officials, industry leaders, researchers and decision makers from hospitals, universities and the private sector.



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