BioPort 2019 Schedule

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
Registration (Light breakfast provided)
8:00am – 8:30am
BIC Junior (Open to the public)
Budding life science entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. (high school & first-year post-secondary students)
8:30am - 11:15am
Lunch Break (on your own)
11:15am – 1:30pm
BioInnovation Challenge (Open to the public)
Semi-finalists will pitch to a panel of judges to determine the top three finalists to go on stage during the BioPort conference on Wednesday, November 6th.
1:30pm - 5:00pm
Welcome Reception
Join us to open BioPort – For all conference attendees, an opportunity to meet and network.
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Kick-off Keynote: Sickboy (Live Podcast) with Special Guest Andrew Haley
The three guys who make up Sickboy – Jeremie Saunders, Taylor Macgillivary and Brian Stever – are hilarious, ridiculously insightful and determined to break down the stigmas associated with illness and disease. Featuring special guest three-time World & Paralympic Champion Andrew Haley.
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
Registration (Light breakfast provided)
7:30am – 8:30am
Welcome and Opening Address
Join us as members of industry and government discuss the opportunities within Health and Life Sciences.
8:30am – 8:45am
Growing our Health and Life Sciences Sector (Fireside Chat)
How can industry align its interests with the interests of government, academia and research to develop a health and life sciences sector that drives economic development? In this fireside chat we will learn about effective activities, initiatives and strategies that will foster entrepreneurship and innovation – driving economic growth. Join us as we talk to trailblazers and industry leaders about the opportunities and challenges of building a globally competitive health and life sciences sector.
8:45am - 10:00am
Networking Break
10:00am – 10:15am
BioInnovation Challenge - Final Presentations
The top three finalists will present to the judges and the audience to determine the winner, announced at the end of day.
10:15am - 11:15am
Moving Health and Life Sciences Forward (Presentation)
Scott Moffitt, Executive Director, BioNova
11:15am – 12:00pm
Lunch Reception
12:00pm – 12:25pm
The Frontline Perspective: A Nova Scotian cancer surgeons research pushes for better patient outcomes and efficiencies in healthcare - Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Carman Giacomantonio
Join us to hear Luncheon Speaker Dr. Carman Giacomantonio talk about how innovative research and clinical use of off-the-shelf immune-stimulating agents are improving outcomes, granting patients years of good-quality life. We will also hear his perspective on innovative changes that can improve healthcare efficiency and improve cost control.
12:25pm – 2:00pm
Networking Break
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Concurrent session #1: The Future of Personalized Health & Human Performance (Panel) Sponsored by Genome Atlantic
Personalized approaches in the healthcare space and data analytics are revolutionizing the way we view and manage our health. Enhancements in genomic testing, technology and health data are unlocking predictors of health, disease and even human performance. Join us as we talk to industry trailblazers about the ecosystem of personalized healthcare, wellness and performance in the region and the impacts for business, patients, clinicians, researchers and our health system.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Concurrent session #2: Tapping into Atlantic Canada’s Natural Resource Economy (Panel)
How can we can leverage our bio-resources in oceans, forestry and agriculture sustainably to build high-value products such as, medicines, nutritional supplements and eco-friendly products to drive global innovation regionally. Join us as we talk to regional industry leaders who are transforming natural resources into billion-dollar business opportunities that are tackling global markets.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Great Things are Happening Here (interview) - Paul Bradley, President, MedTech Consulting Inc. Former VP of Strategic Affairs, Johnson & Johnson and Senior industry healthcare executive Pam Winsor will discuss why she thinks the regional health and life sciences community is filled with trailblazers
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Announcement of BioInnovation Challenge Winner & Closing Reception
4:00pm – 5:00pm