Healthcare and Business Leaders Focusing on Technological Innovation

Ivey hosts symposium to examine the strategies needed to build a successful medical technologies industry and improve healthcare worldwide

LONDON, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - New technologies are vital in helping patients get better faster and stay healthier longer, but too many of these technologies never make it to market or become widely adopted. Overcoming funding obstacles, communicating the value of new medical devices and creating infrastructure receptive to innovative technologies are just a few of the topics that will be examined by medical professionals, technology experts, academics, and entrepreneurs at the Medical Technology Innovation symposium on June 10 and 11 in London, Ontario.

Presenters and attendees will also tackle what Canadian companies can bring to the world - and how they can compete globally. The Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and Ivey's Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre are presenting world-renowned subject-matter experts including Manuel Trajtenberg, of the Council for Higher Education in Israel; Neil Fraser, President of Medtronic Canada; Lawton Burns of Wharton School of Business, Centre for Health Management and Economics; and John Soloninka, President and CEO of the Health Technology Exchange, among a roster of more than 30 eminent speakers and panelists.

"To make health care sustainable, we need to encourage and inspire innovation in health systems, processes and technologies," said Anne Snowdon, Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership. "This symposium examines the strategies that medical technology innovators need to succeed in the global health care marketplace, and the efforts that health institutions must take to embrace these innovations. We're excited to bring together a conference that examines both sides of the equation - the inventors and innovators, and the health system adopters of technology to talk about mutual benefit of their shared success."

Medical Technology Innovation Symposium
Presented by Ivey's Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre and the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership
London Convention Centre, London, ON
300 York Street, downtown London
Friday, June 10
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Select speakers: 

          Manuel Trajtenberg, Chairman of the Budgeting and Planning Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel
          Neil Fraser, President of Medtronic, Canada
          Simon Parker, Director, Ivey Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre
          Anne Snowdon, Chair, Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership
          Peter Robertson, Vice President and GM, GE Healthcare Canada
          Aaron Fenster, Director and Scientist, Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts, and Director of Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization and Research
          Janet Martin, Director, Health Technology Assessment for the Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research-HTA Program and the High Impact Technology Evaluation Centre (EPiCOR-HiTEC)

The symposium is sponsored by MITACS, London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Ernst & Young, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), The Health Technology Exchange, MaRS Innovation, CSTAR and Innovacorp.

Policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and medical professionals can expect to share solutions with a full range of top-tier industry and academic presenters. Each day will feature captivating seminars, presentations and networking opportunities to explore the business and management issues related to the commercialization, innovation, and adoption of medical technologies. Full presentation details and registration information is available at

About the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership
The Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership is situated within the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and was established in 2009. It is dedicated to being a catalyst for health system innovation by:

  • Developing leadership capacity through education programs targeting current and future leaders in the health system,
  • Emphasizing education that equips students to identify, understand, embrace and enable innovation in real business situations through programs like Heath Innovation Demonstration Projects and Ivey Consulting Projects (projects that bring students, entrepreneurs, and stakeholder organizations together to solve problems in real time),
  • Empowering health system stakeholders to collaboratively focus on the maximization of human and tangible resources within the system, to overcome innovation and leadership deficits, and,
  • Supporting and disseminating research that establishes the evidence base for innovative health system solutions that are applicable in the context of the Canadian health care system.

For more information on the Centre, please visit

About the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario
The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario is Canada's leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today's complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong. Please visit

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For further information:

Paul Mitchell, Richard Ivey School of Business, 519-850-2536,

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