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Image-Guided Therapy and Surgery
Dialog: Collaborations - from
Concept to Commercialization

September 19, 2003

The Old Mill Inn (Westminster* Room)
21 Old Mill Road Toronto ON M8X 1G5
*Please note the change in venue/room.

Registration: CLOSED
Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.
Do come early so we can start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Lunch and breaks are also provided.

"Bringing together all players surrounding the success of image guided medical technologies in a dynamic Q&A session."

Topics |  Program |  Participating Scientists |  Participating Companies

Workshop Topics at a Glance

  • Industry Perspectives and Market Trends
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Product Development
  • Anticipating Regulatory Issues
  • Marketing and Purchasing Decision Issues for Medical Devices
  • Generating Intellectual Property (IP) Assets and Maximizing their Value
  • IP Strategy & Packaging - Software & Hardware

    Program Overview

    8:30 am - 9:00 am


    9:00 am - 9:15 am


    9:15 am - 10:30 am Topic 1 - OCITS Intellectual Property
    OCITS Principal Investigators will present an overview of their research objectives, technology that their lab is working on, and the progress that they have made to a panel of Intellectual Property lawyers. This will be followed by a group discussion concentrating on maximizing the potential of the intellectual property.
    MODERATOR: Dr. Michael Bronskill - Director of Imaging Research
    Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
    Dr. Aaron Fenster - Director of Imaging, Robarts Research Institute
    Dr. Brian Wilson - Head of Division of Medical Physics, University Health Network
    Dr. Jerry Battista - Director of Physics Research and Education, London Regional Cancer Centre
    Dr. John Kucharczyk - Director, Neuroradiology Research, University of Minnesota

    10:30 am - 10:45 am

    Coffee Break

    10:45 am - 12:00 nn Topic 2 - OCITS Intellectual Property Strategy
    Protection of software & hardware inventions using Patents, Copyrights & Trade-Secrets; Strategies to increase Patent Strength and maximize the value of your IP portfolio; Speaking to companies without giving away the farm; Discussion to evaluate the possibility of creating an Intellectual Property holdings company to commercialize all OCITS IP
    MODERATOR: Mr. Thomas Parsons - Senior Business Development Officer
    University Health Network
    Dr. Richard Morse - Manager for Research Partnerships, Varian Medical Systems
    Mr. Bradley Limpert - Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
    Mr. Lynn Schumacher - Partner, Hill & Schumacher
    Mr. Samuel Frost - Partner, Bereskin & Parr

    12:00 nn - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Keynote Address
    Ms. Cynthia Roney - President and CEO, Xillix

    1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Topic 3 - Market & Industry
    This session will include an overview of how the Image Guided Therapy and Surgery market is segmented and predictions of future growth in this industry. Also the factors that drive this market, such as consumer & demographics, cost effective healthcare & new treatments will be discussed; Plotting the path to market your medical device; Understanding the purchase decision from a hospital perspective; Reimbursement strategies and pricing
    MODERATOR: Mr. David Reese - Business Development Officer
    University Health Network
    Dr. Bruce Davey - Product Director, Cedara Softare Corporation
    Ms. Heather Phillips - Manager, New Market Development, GE Medical Systems
    Mr. Guy Payette - President, Innomar Strategies Inc.

    2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Topic 4 - Regulation & Design
    This section will inform investigators on strategies they can utilize to get an early start collecting data for regulatory submission. Strategies include piggybacking on other trials, testing the device as a whole or in parts, & creating rapport with regulators; Implications of government policies on regulatory approval, product design, combination products, marketing, & reimbursement; Building prototypes with the final product in mind
    Dr. Arthur Conn - Dental Advisor and Acting Section Head
           Musculoskeletal Section, Device Evaluation Division, Medical Devices Bureau, Health Canada
    Dr. Tony Easty - Director, Medical Engineering, University Health Network
    Dr. Kai Zhang - Senior Scientist, Photonics Research Ontario
    Dr. Andrew Pierre - Surgeon, University Health Network
    Mr. Richard Keen - Vice President - Operations, Compliance Consultants

    3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

    Coffee Break

    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Topic 5 - Spin-off's
    Rationale for creating a spin-off, pros, cons, and considerations; Building value in your spin-off & strategic alliances; Planning for growth: sourcing and raising capital, venture capital & angel investors; How investors assess opportunities; Exit strategies; Company case study
    MODERATOR: Ms. Elizabeth Garami - Business Development Officer
    University Health Network
    Dr. Aaron Fenster - - Director of Imaging, Robarts Research Institute
    Mr. Michael Crowley - VP Business Development, Robarts Research Institute
    Dr. Luc Marengere - General Partner, VenGrowth Capital Partners Inc.

    Participating Scientists

    Dr. Ian Cunningham
    Dr. Jerry Battista
    Dr. Michael Sherar
    Dr. Jake Van Dyk
    Dr. Paul Babyn
    Dr. Michael Bronskill
    Dr. Don Plewes
    Dr. Aaron Fenster
    Dr. Walter Kucharczyk
    Dr. Brian Wilson
    Dr. Ivan Yeung
    Dr. Ramani Ramaseshan
    Dr. Don Plewes
    Dr. Kevin Jordan
    Dr. Peter Chait

    Participating Companies

    - ATAMAI
    - Cedara Software Corporation
    - Compliance Consultants
    - GE Medical Systems
    - Hill & Schumacher
    - Health Canada
    - London Regional Cancer Centre
    - MacDonald Dettwiler Systems
    - MDS Capital
    - Northern Digital Inc. (NDI)
    - Ontario Research & Development
       Challenge Fund
    - Photonics Research Ontario
    - Robarts Research Institute
    - Sandstrom Trade & Technology Inc.
    - Sunnybrook and Women's College
       Health Sciences Centre
    - The Hospital for Sick Children
    - University Health Network
    - University of California, Davis
    - Varian Medical Systems
    - VenGrowth Capital Partners Inc.
    - Xillix Technologies Corp.

    Coming this Fall... www.miccai2003.org

    Past Workshops

    Computational and Numerical Modeling for Image-guided Therapy and Surgery
    December 13, 2002

    Tracking Technologies & Image Registration
    May 6, 2002

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