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© 2020 Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England - 50 Milk Street - Boston, MA 02109

CATALYST FORUM

Connecting Ambitious Canadians to Boston's Innovation Ecosystem.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 1 - 8 p.m.

at Pfizer Kendall Square, Cambridge

Thank you for joining the CENE and its network of successful Boston-based Canadians for our afternoon of discovery, collisions, and connecting. Our participants engaged with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and CENE members to discover and support the most intriguing developments in life sciences coming out of Canada.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

The CENE Catalyst Forum is innovative from the top down. We’ve called on CENE executive members to help us design a conference they would clear their schedules to attend. The Forum’s organizing team is rich with experience, accomplishments and an earnest intention to help others succeed. Here’s the team.

POWERED BY

WITH SPECIAL SUPPORT FROM

Interested in connecting with our community through sponsorship?

Email connect@thecene.org.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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CEO,

Clementia Pharmaceuticals

Partner,

Torys LLP, Chair of Life Sciences Practice

Venture Partner,

adMare BioInnovations

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International Business Development Officer for Life Sciences,

Global Affairs Canada

President & Chief Strategy Officer, Synaptive Medical

ON THE AGENDA

What was on the agenda? Discovery and advancement, but it didn’t stop there. We took your exploration further with immersive panels that hit on key opportunities that Canada presents and networking opportunities that build in the spirit of CENE's core mission to mentor fellow Canadians. The CENE Catalyst Forum was a highly interactive experience that furthered the knowledge and business opportunities for all in attendance.

WHY CANADA? ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING IN CANADIAN COMPANIES

Investors are increasingly looking north to invest capital and expand their reach. Attendees learned about the advantages of building, partnering with, and investing in life science companies in Canada, including many non-dilutive funding opportunities, an unparalleled talent pool, a well-developed innovation ecosystem, and a highly competitive environment connected to global markets. 

ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY

Attendees joined us for a fireside chat to hear from Canadian entrepreneurs about their journeys building successful companies and how they made the most of what each country's innovation ecosystem has to offer along the way.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

Our rigorous selection criteria ensured that our attendees discovered companies with compelling technology to bring to the world that are ready for investment. Just ten companies were awarded the opportunity to present to the audience.

PARTNERING & MENTORING

Sharing expertise and enabling smart connections are at the core of CENE’s mission. CENE's members did what they do best: connecting to the companies attending to share their insights, networks and market intelligence.

SCHEDULE

1:00 p.m. | Arrival and informal networking

1:30 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:00 p.m. | Panel Discussion: Advantages of Investing In Canadian Companies

2:30 p.m. | Fireside Chat: The Entrepreneur's Journey

3:00 p.m. | Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. | Meet the Founders

4:45 p.m. | Partnering & Mentoring

6:00 p.m. | Networking Reception*

*Networking reception-only tickets are also available

MEET THE COMPANIES

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Pioneering a new model in drug development and commercialization

Software for diabetic patients which integrates data from continuous glucose monitors, fitness wearables and user smartphones to predict blood glucose levels for the next 60 minutes

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A breakthrough therapy that accelerates the regeneration of injured peripheral nerves to significantly improve sensation and movement of extremities.

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AI-based drug discovery using small, noisy data sets, with an initial focus on complex targets in oncology and CMS

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Radioactive pharmaceutical company specializing in logistics for experimental cancer-fighting treatments

Breathalyzer for early detection of cancer by measuring Volatile Organic Compounds in breath

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AI-based drug discovery platform for exploring novel protein structures and interactions, with a focus on small peptide therapeutics

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A safe conductive biomaterial to treat cardiac arrhythmias by resynchronizing the electrical propagation in the heart

WHO ATTENDED?

  • U.S.-based investors interested in the latest life science and health technologies

  • Pharmaceutical and health care executives curious about Canadian innovation

  • New England-based CENE members dedicated to supporting the growth of Canadian entrepreneurship

  • Canadian founders looking to connect to the Boston area ecosystem and to seek funding, strategic partnerships and business development beyond the Canadian border

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

The CENE Catalyst Forum is innovative from the top down. We’ve called on CENE executive members to help us design a conference they would clear their schedules to attend. The Forum’s organizing team is rich with experience, accomplishments and an earnest intention to help others succeed. Here’s the team.

Event Chair

Pierce, Rick

Managing Partner,

FEP Capital Advisors

Investment

Program

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Desaulniers, Susan

Director, Clinical Program Leader, Biogen

Lin, Debbie

Executive Director, Digital Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund

Sponsorship

VP, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Kyn Therapeutics

VP, External Innovation, Eli Lilly

Accelerating collisions for Global Canadians.

Mentoring the most innovative Canadian founders in life sciences and technology has been CENE’s mission since our founding in 2013. Bring together over 100 sponsors, founders and investors, the Forum focused on identifying and fostering the most promising life sciences companies emerging from Canada today.

 

ABOUT CENE

CENE (Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England) is a nonprofit, member-driven organization dedicated to empowering Canadians to grow successful businesses globally. Our community is made up of highly accomplished Canadian expatriates (and friends of Canada) thriving in the Boston innovation hub ecosystem. We are executives of leading technology and life sciences companies, experienced start-up entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. By leveraging our professional networks, expertise and experiences, we connect, educate and position ambitious Canadians to realize their full business potential.