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McMaster Health Sciences Venture Fair
April 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join top McMaster health science researchers as they pitch their novel ideas to venture capital investors! Learn how to succeed as an academic start-up and enjoy a networking lunch and roundtable session to have your questions answered by the investors themselves.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
8:45 AM | Registration
9:00AM – 9:45AM | Keynote: Brian Lichty
9:45AM – 10:45AM | Meet the Investors Panel
10:45AM – 11:00AM | Break
11:00AM – 12:30PM | Health Science Pitches
12:30PM – 1:30PM | Lunch
1:30PM – 2:30PM | Networking + Roundtables
Keynote Speaker: Brian Lichty
Senior VP of Basic Research at Turnstone Biologics,
Associate Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine at McMaster
Dr. Brian Lichty is a distinguished scientist with extensive expertise in oncolytic viruses and related immunotherapies, including seminal work with Dr. John Bell at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) at McMaster University. Dr. Lichty’s expertise includes influence research in the identification of strategies to leverage oncolytic viruses to harness the patient’s immune system in a sustainable manner, including vaccine design and engineering to directly engage the adaptive immune system tumor-specific and/or to enhance combinations with other immunotherapies. He is also director of the Robert E. Fitzhenry vector lab at McMaster University where clinical-grade viral vaccines are manufactured for human clinical trials. Dr. Lichty earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph.
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