Posts categorized as“Business”

Hackathons are a fantastic environment for networking between academia and industry, and a real opportunity for students and young professionals to showcase their skills. On the last weekend of September 2018, the Victoria Health Hackathon was hosted by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Biomedical Research in downtown Victoria. The event brought together esteemed professionals […]

In a previous medical device company, I worked on a project where First-to-Market (FTM) was a deemed a priority for the company’s survival.  To meet that highly compressed timeline, we decided to skip the phase-gate process and replace it with a FTM production release strategy. FTM product commercialization carries a much higher overall project risk […]

What Yeast, Richard Nixon, a CIA agent, a Teenager, Donald Trump and $9 billion dollars have to do with a Fake Medical Device Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup was at the top of my 2018 summer fun reading list.  It was released in May 2018 and written by John Carreyrou (the two […]

Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the main funding entity in Ontario, EXCITE now offers customized, flexible services to help companies understand: the evidence they need to meet key stakeholder decision-making requirements to access the province’s market, the relevant systemic barriers that could slow adoption and uptake, the system changes that need to […]

When I arrived at StarFish with my idea for a patient handling device, I had just completed my engineering degree and was searching for further education in medical device development. Fortunately for me, StarFish provided master-level classes (albeit unaccredited) in project management, including Dealing with Vendors 101: Expect Delays and QMS 201: How to Maintain […]

Diseases of the eye affect the majority of the general population at some point throughout their lifetime, significantly affecting quality of life, especially if access to treatment is not available. They are so prevalent they account for the most common surgical procedure worldwide (Cataract surgery), drive an industry for one of the most common medical […]

Comparing novel drug delivery systems to the traditional needle Injection devices have been around for centuries, and though the ubiquitous needle-tipped plastic syringe hasn’t changed much in the 60+ years of its existence, other technologies have been developed with significant advantages. Though it’s tough to compete with a disposable product that costs just pennies to […]