With a focus on promoting brain health, the OBI ONtrepreneurs Program was established in 2012 to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to bring their ingenious neurotech ideas to life. The program offers an investment of $50,000 as well as 12-months of training opportunities, one-on-one mentorship and commercialization support to help entrepreneurs build neurotech companies.
Currently in our ninth year, we are proud to introduce our latest cohort of 2020 ONtrepreneurs – recipients of Canada’s single largest award for early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs.
Ontario has one of the highest concentrations of neuroscientists in the world, creating an opportunity for a thriving industry around the development of neurotechnologies to treat brain disorders. However, a study of Ontario’s ability to develop a neurotechnology cluster highlighted two obstacles; a lack of access to capital and insufficient managerial talent. Continue reading “Grooming Entrepreneurial Talent for Great Health Returns”
“With great power comes great responsibility” – Ben Parker.
Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) researchers collect ‘deep data’ using scientific and clinical tools like behavioural tests, neuroimaging and genetics. By bringing these data together in Brain-CODE, we can develop a holistic approach to understanding brain disorders. A recent report, “Dementia Research and Care: Can Big Data Help?”, by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ontario Brain Institute and the University of Toronto highlighted the potential of linking ‘deep data’ from basic and clinical research to ‘broad data’ from healthcare and population-level statistics to driving new discoveries and applications of research in healthcare and policy.
The question is how can we best link ‘deep’ research data and ‘broad’ health data to drive new discoveries and benefit people in their communities?
There is something special happening in Ontario. Did you know that Ontario is home to more than 800 neuroscience researchers? With so many bright minds focused on the brain, there is tremendous opportunity for growth and leadership in this area. Continue reading “2016 ONtrepreneurs Pitch Challenge”
OBI celebrated Brain Awareness Week 2016 by featuring women involved in neuroscience – from basic science to advocacy. Watch interviews with Dr. Gillian Einstein, a neuroscientist and expert in sex differences in the brain; Dr. Jason Lerch, who dives into the importance of the looking at the female side of basic research; Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, an OBI Entrepreneur and creator of smart mobility devices; Judith John, a brain tumour survivor, healthcare advocate and communications professional; and Marcia Moffat, OBI’s Vice Chair of the Board and BlackRock executive.
Ontario is recognized as a world leader in brain research but the province’s healthcare system and economy have room to benefit from stronger efforts in science innovation. An asset that is of critical value but is often overlooked is access to the right kinds of people—in this case, people that have the skillset to move scientific ideas into the marketplace. Continue reading “Training for New Kinds of Neuro-Talent”
By: Stephanie Todorovski, Operations Intern, Ontario Brain Institute
Team leads, senior management personnel, and executive positions are just some of the potential job opportunities that exist in the business world. To be successful within these roles, it goes without saying that all three require one key component: strong leadership skills. Working towards the development of this type of person requires one to be well equipped with the tools for leadership. In addressing this topic, the Ontario Brain Institute organized an educational session for recent graduates working within the three training and education opportunities available at OBI this past year, including the OBI entrepreneurs program, management fellowships program and internships program. The workshop focused on one of the fundamental elements for successful leadership: communication. Continue reading “Learning About Leadership”