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What is the commercial potential of your research or health innovation?


The Health Innovation Bootcamp is an immersive, project-focused education program at the intersection of discovery research and entrepreneurship. You and a select group of health care innovators will come together in person over six sessions to explore your health venture and position your innovative ideas for commercial growth. The Health Innovation Bootcamp is a unique opportunity to build strong peer-to-peer networks, and guided by expert facilitators, to consider your scientific research through the lens of venture creation.


Session 1: Think About Your Science in the Context of Entrepreneurship
September 12, 2022  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Bootcamp participants will each give a 5-minute pitch of ongoing research or project and explain how it could be translated into a marketable product
  2. This introductory activity will position participants for rapid growth through future bootcamp sessions and peer-to-peer networking
  3. Participants will be introduced to (and provided with) a business model canvas to be completed throughout the bootcamp to clarify and strengthen entrepreneurial vision


Session 2: The Importance of Intellectual Property
September 19, 2022  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Reviews the practical aspects of acquiring intellectual property protection at McMaster
  2. Learn about various types of intellectual properties and how to navigate prior art
  3. Understand how to acquire intellectual property and protection over your health innovation


Session 3: Defining Your Customer, Understanding the Market Landscape, and Regulatory Considerations
September 26, 2022   9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Understand your market landscape - How does your innovation differentiate itself from existing technologies?
  2. Define your unique value proposition
  3. Review the regulatory processes required to translate a scientific innovation into a marketable product


Session 4: Business Model Canvas Development
October 2, 2022  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Generate a concrete plan that will guide how you consider launching your business using the business model canvas as an outline
  2. This session will be largely peer-led, with attendees working in small groups
  3. Peer-to-peer collaboration is highly encouraged towards maximizing the clarity and value of each health venture.


Session 5: Fundraising, Partnerships, and Exit Strategies
October 17, 2022  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Understand the various forms that investment can take, and their implications for future business development
  2. Learn the local sources from which venture funding can be acquired, including dilutive and non-dilutive sources. 
  3. Consider industry partnerships and intellectual property acquisition as alternate methods



Session 6: Turn Your Science into an Entrepreneurial Venture
October 31, 2022  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Group pitches
  2. Participants will give a 5-minute pitch of their ongoing research or health innovation with a clear and concise summary of the venture creation pathway
  3. Participants will convince peers, as well as experts in the audience, that their health innovation can be translated into a successful venture



View the detailed course outline here.

Download the Health Innovation Bootcamp flyer here.

Applications for the Fall 2022 Bootcamp are now closed.

Meet your facilitators

2022 Bootcamp Innovators

The most recent Innovation Bootcamp for researchers had 10 attendees and concluded in May 2022. Meet the inventors and read about their health innovations in the profiles below. The next Health Innovation Bootcamp will launch this fall and will focus on the development and commercialization of new surgical tools. Watch for more details coming this summer.
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Noor Abu Jarad, PhD Candidate

Didar Lab/Soleymani Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering/Department of Engineering Physics & School of Biomedical Engineering

Researching the development of biosensors and surface engineering, with an emphasis on omniphobic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral spray coatings.


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Wael Demian, PDF

Mossman Lab, Molecular Medicine Division, McMaster Immunology Research Centre

Studying kinase inhibitors as potential pan-antiviral drugs which limit viral replication of SARS-CoV-2 and pro-inflammatory cytokine production.


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Eric Desjardins, PhD Candidate

Dr. Gregory R. Steinberg's Lab, Centre for Metabolism, Obesity, and Diabetes Research, Department of Medicine

Discovering new targets and therapies to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis.


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Han Fang, PDF

Dr. Jonathan Schertzer's Lab, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Investigating the impact of metabolites produced by gut microbiota on host metabolism.


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Allison Guitor, PhD Candidate

The Wright Lab, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery

Designing and implementing a method to specifically enrich antibiotic resistance genes from a variety of human and environmental samples to help in the detection and monitoring of antibiotic resistance.


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Alexander Jesmer, PhD Candidate

Dr. Ryan Wylie's Lab, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Democratizing access to low-noise, high-sensitivity biosensors by eliminating the need for specialized instrumentation.


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Yumna Makda, MSc Candidate

Dr. Richard Austin's Lab, Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute

Studying the regulation of circulating LDL cholesterol in the context of cardiometabolic diseases.


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Patrick Morkus, PhD

Latulippe Research Group, Department of Chemical Engineering

Developing a technology/process that gently incorporates biomaterials such as bacteria into sugar-based films to improve their shelf-life at room temperature.


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Hitesh Sharma, MSc Candidate

Dr. Richard Austin's Lab, Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute

Investigating the interaction between the primary regulator of protein folding and its autoantibodies in relationship to inflammation activity in atherosclerosis.  


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Min Xu, PDF

The Wright Lab, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery

Using synthetic biology to do drug discovery and development.


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