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2019 Innovators’ Challenge attendees will have a front-row seat to witness the latest health care projects that the brightest minds in BC health care are most passionate about. We want to see you there!

Contact us below for more information on how you can get involved and be a part of the next generation of health care innovation. Together we can save lives and transform health care.

Prefer to use the phone?
For sponsorship inquiries please contact: Rebecca Sharma at 604 875 4676 ext 66379.
For all other inquiries contact Phyllis Lai at 604 875 4676 ext 68760

2019 Featured Research Projects

The following research projects  have been selected as the featured finalists to compete for the top prize of $300,000, selected by our Accelerator Panel.

A $50,000 Audience Choice Bradshaw Prize and a $25,000 Jumpstart Prize will be awarded to the remaining  presenters.

View the 2018 Research Project Finalists

The Headband: A novel stimulator to prevent falls

Falls are the main cause of injury-related hospital visits among elderly Canadians. Dr. Martin McKeown is developing a lightweight wearable device to prevent falls by connecting an electronic unit with the bones behind the ears to deliver customized electronic stimuli to the human balance system.

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The ViPRe: A 3-D surgical cutting guide for head and neck cancers

Dr. Eitan Prisman has designed an innovative, low-cost 3-D surgical cutting guide called Virtual Preoperative Reconstruction (ViPRe). A mathematical algorithm is used to create a patient-specific reconstruction plan. This will lead to more accurate reconstructions and decreased surgical time.

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Surgical Mitral Valve Repair. Percutaneously

Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the most common heart valve disease in the Western world, and often requires open heart surgery. Dr. Peter Skarsgard has invented a medical device that allow the mitral valve to be repaired through the leg, reducing risk, and resulting in shorter hospital stays and recovery times.

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2018 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award

The new Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award, presented by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, has been created to recognize the exceptional capabilities, achievements and leadership of an individual from the medical device, biotech, diagnostics and/or health care industries. The inaugural winner was selected by the Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee following review of all nominations. Learn more about the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award nominees.

Congratulations to the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award winner, Dr. Donald Ricci.

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award will be presented to the winner at this year’s Innovators’ Challenge.

Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee

The Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee is a collection of individuals who bring a set of unique knowledge and skills from the health and innovation sectors. Learn more

Paul Geyer (Chair)

CEO of Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies, a unique Health Technology Program under the Discovery Parks umbrella

Andrew Booth

Chief Commercial Officer, STEMCELL Technologies

Jerel Davis

Managing Director, Versant Ventures

Antony Hodgson

Co-Director, ICICS, UBC; Director, HATCH Incubator, VCHRI; Director, Surgical Technologies Lab, VCHRI

Gordon McCauley

President & CEO, CDRD

Maria Pacella

Senior VP, Private Equity, PenderFund Capital Management

Dr. Don Ricci

Inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award Winner

2019 Sponsors

  • KPMG
  • LifeSciences BC
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Gilead Sciences