Mots d'ouverture |Opening remarks

Perry Niro, President, Pharmed Canada & CEO, Quebec Center for Biotechnology Innovation   

12:10 - 13:00
Déjeuner conférence | Luncheon Conference
Life Sciences Market Overview

Moderator: Anne No Delaide, VP Commercial Financial Service Knowledge-Based Industries RBC

  • Laurent Lavallée, Associate, RBC Capital Markets

(English presentation)


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13:00 - 13:45   

Funding challenges for the biotechnology industry in Quebec :

Issues & solutions - Presented by Deloitte Life Sciences Team 

Moderator: Anie Perreault, Executive Director, BIOQuébec

  • Guy Barthell, Partner, Deloitte

  • Louis Cossette, Senior Manager, Deloitte

  • Maha Katabi, Partner, Sofinnova Investments

(French & English presentation) 


13:45 - 14:45    

How to translate early-stage discoveries into commercially-viable new health products


Moderator:  Perry Niro, CEO, CQIB

  • Lahav Gil, CEO and Director, Relay Medical Corp (Israel)  

  • Youssef Bennani, Venture Partner, AdMare BioInnovations (Canada)

  • Patrice Allibert, PhD., Former CEO, GenePOC (Canada)

(English presentation)

14:45        Networking Break

15:00 - 15:45

Quebec Medical Devices and Digital Health Overview and Opportunities


Moderator: Romain Lortille-Bruel, Manager CTS Accelerator


  • Jean-Pierre Robert, President, CTS Accelerator

  • Bradley Smith, CEO, Haleo


(French presentation)



15:45 - 17:15

Dragons' Den Start-Up Pitch

Four companies will make a 5 minutes pitch to our panels of investors. The panelists will be invited to comment on the presentation, give some advice and share some insight. Following these presentations, participants will be invited to vote on the best presentation. 


Moderator : Anthony Ferrara, Associate VP, Commercial Banking Healthcare & Lifesciences for National Bank


This year's Dragons are :

  • Jean-Francois Pariseau, Co-Founder and Partner, Amplitude Ventures (Canada)

  • Lahav Gil, CEO, Relay Medical Corp (Israel) 

  • Maha Katabi, Partner, Sofinnova Investments (USA)

  • Hesam Masoumi, Senior Director, Product Health and Wellness, RBC Ventures (Canada)

  • Youssef Bennani, Venture Partner, AdMare BioInnovations (Canada)

Our participants this year are :


  • Nanogenecs

  • Oligo

  • Pharma in Silica

Pitch winner contest rewarded by our partners FASKEN, CTS and CQIB :

Fasken is proud to support the biotechnology and life sciences ecosystem, including its start-up community. To show their support, Fasken is offering a $5,000 grant, in form of professional services in intellectual property and business law, to the winning entrepreneur of the Start-up pitch !


CTS is offering 10 hours of consultation to validate the business model


Quebec Center for Biotechnology Innovation (CQIB) is offering a one-year membership to its co-working space (value of 3500$ and 10 hours of consultation)

(English presentation)


Closing Remarks & Networking Cocktail