The NGBIdeas Podcast

Who are today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s leaders in Canada’s Life Sciences sector? What are they doing and how did they get there? Listen as Jim Wilson sits down with notable leaders, innovators and disruptors who are working on the Next Great Big Ideas in Biotech, Genetics, Medtech and Life Sciences.

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Episodes

Friday Aug 04, 2023

Aug 1, 2023 - Our guest today is Parimal Nathwani, President and CEO of the Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners. Parimal grew up in Calgary, Vancouver, and had his sights set on a career in medicine, but circumstance, timing, and a serendipitous transition from research to business development led to a pivot and a very interesting career path in Canada's life sciences sector. Parimal is one of a handful of people who has a front-row seat at the intersection of innovation and commercialization in Canada's life sciences community that provides a unique perspective on where we are and where we're heading. 
 
Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners: tiap.ca
Members: camh.ca , hollandbloorview.ca , marsdd.com , sinaihealth.ca , oicr.on.ca , unityhealth.to , sickkids.ca , sunnybrook.ca , uhn.ca , utoronto.ca 
Simon Fraser University: sfu.ca
University of Calgary: ucalgary.ca
The University of British Columbia: ubc.ca
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Monday Jul 31, 2023

July 25, 2023 - Our guest today is Chris Bryson, Founder and CEO of New School Foods in Toronto. Chris grew up in Montreal and his story is similar to many of our guests, that its about learning to trust your inner voice, learning that mistakes are lessons and that failures are just problems that are yet to be solved. Before Chris started New School Foods, he was CEO of a software company he founded in 2011 that is a great Canadian success story. He and his partners eventually sold that company for reported $65 million which was a life-changing event and it provided Chris with an opportunity to look at a global issue he is very passionate about helping change. And that issue is factory farming if you're not aware, many of today's farming techniques account for a significant part of our carbon footprint, and his team are focused on creating the next generation of plant-based meat alternatives that will help create a new and sustainable climate strategy. 
 
New School Foods: www.newschoolfoods.co
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Michael May | CCRM

Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

July 18, 2023 - Our guest today is Michael May, President and CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. Michael is someone I've had the pleasure of meeting on a number of occasions and he's one of those people you just know you're going to like. He's focused, incredibly generous with his time, and one of the true national leaders in Canada's life sciences community. Michael's story is similar to many of the guests we've had on our show in that it's not a linear path nor was it planned. You'll hear that his success is based on hard work, being open to opportunity when it presents itself, and sometimes learning life lessons from family pets.
 
CCRM: ccrm.ca
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Geoff Evans | Eurofins

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

July 11, 2023 - Our guest today is Geoff Evans, who is President of Eurofins CDMO Alphora Inc. in Mississauga Ontario. Geoff started his career in the life sciences sector, but he moved to industrial products and then rebounded back to a small research lab that eventually grow into one of Canada's foremost contract development and manufacturing organizations.
 
Eurofins: eurofins.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com
Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com

Ryan Wiley | Shift Health

Tuesday Jul 04, 2023

Tuesday Jul 04, 2023

July, 4 2023 - Our guest today is Ryan Wiley, President of Shift Health in Toronto. Ryan grew up in Oshawa, Ontario and his original plan was to attend medical school, but like many of our guests, he pivoted in university and now runs one of Canada's premier life sciences consulting firms. His personal journey is one to which many people in Canada will relate, and I'm very thankful Ryan has kindly shared it with us today.
Shift Health: shifthealth.com
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Mitch Sivilotti | OmniaBio

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

June 27, 2023 - Our guest today is Mitch Sivilotti, CEO of OmniaBio Inc. Mitch grew up in London, Ontario, and his journey has taken him to Quebec City, Los Angeles, Asia, Kingston, Toronto, and finally to Hamilton where he and his team are building what will be one of the next generation of cell and gene therapy manufacturing facilities in Canada. OmniaBio is a subsidiary of CCRM and it’s a contract development in and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that is producing gene-modified cells and  viral vectors that are compliant with current GMP standards. OmniaBio is in the midst of building a 400,000 square-foot facility, which will be the largest CDMO exclusively manufacturing for cell and gene therapies in Canada, Mitch and the team are creating jobs and supporting global therapeutics developers who are advancing pioneering medicine that has the potential to cure many forms of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s, and diabetes. 
 
OmniaBio: OmniaBio.com
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Tuesday Jun 20, 2023

June 20, 2023 - Our guest today is Drew Marquardt, an Associate Professor in the department of chemistry and bio chemistry at the University Windsor. His team are developing applying neutron scattering strategies to study membrane structures, and processes. More than 3000 Canadians are diagnosed with brain cancers like glioblastoma multiforme or recurrent head and neck cancer, which is very difficult to treat. One of the most promising treatments for these cancers is boron neutron capture therapy.
 
Drew: dmarquardt.ca
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Tuesday Jun 06, 2023

June 6, 2023 - On todays episode is Bruno Paquin from AtomVie Global Radio Pharma. Listen in as Bruno shares behind the scenes details of his professional and personal journey to becoming CEO of one of North America’s leading CDMOs in the radiopharmaceuticals sector. 
 
AtomVie: atomvie.com
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

April 25, 2023 - Our guest for our final show this season is John Lewis, who is the Bird Dogs Chair in Translational Oncology at the University of Alberta, and founder and CEO of Entos Pharma in Edmonton. We're delighted to have John on the show today because he fits into every one of our categories. He's an academic scientist who leads one of the top oncology research organizations in Canada. He's a serial entrepreneur who commercializes innovative research, and he and his team are doing a great job of chipping away at the Canadian Life Sciences status quo.
 
Entos - entospharma.com
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

Tuesday Apr 18, 2023

April 18, 2023 - This week we're reaching back into the archives to re-broadcast an expanded and re-edited interview with our first podcast guest, Aaron Styles CEO of Environmental Systems Corporation. Join us as we speak about his work journey back to his home town of Barrie Ontario. Aaron and I also discuss how the next great big idea in clean room environments is about data rather than construction.
 
ESC: www.e-s-c.com
Get Your Tickets to The NGBI Summit: nextgreatbigideas.com
Lab Occupier: laboccupier.com

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