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Past Events - Edmonton

Nov 19, 2019

The curvy career path towards becoming a Medical Science Liaison

This seminar event gave attendees the opportunity to learn from the experiences of speaker Dr. Eric Pesarchuck about his journey to becoming a Medical Science Liaison. Dr. Pesarchuk, is a Medical Scientist with Kite, a Gilead company, responsible for their oncology and cell therapy portfolio as a field-based Medical Affairs representative in western Canada.


The session objectives are to:

  • Learn about making the leap from academia to industry

  • Understand the role of a Medical Science Liaison in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Discuss skills and values that make candidates a good fit in this role

Nov 07, 2019

Coffee With: Dr. Kyle Nishiyama - The journey of Mikata Health

Dr. Kyle Nishiyama shared a coffee with attendees of this event and discussed tips on how to successfully launch your start-up in Alberta. Dr. Nishiyama is co-founder of Mikata Health, a successful digital health start-up that uses artificial intelligence to connect patients and doctors.


Session Objectives:

•Learn how to develop and launch marketable technology

•Discuss the challenges of starting a company in Alberta 

•Understanding the dynamics of working at a start-up 

Oct 22, 2019

Launching your Health-Technology Startup

This was a seminar and panel discussion about how to launch a health-technology startup given by scientists that started their own companies. This event was hosted by TEC Edmonton during Edmonton Startup week. 

Oct 09, 2019

Tackling the Health Sciences Talent Retention Problem in Edmonton

Innovation panel discussion and networking event centered around talent retention of health science graduates in Alberta. 



  • Antonio Bruni, PhD. Health City Edmonton

  • Colin Coros, PhD, MBA. Chief Commercialization Officer, Nanostics

  • Hubert Eng, MSc, PhD- Senior Director, Life Sciences Industries Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta

  • Lorne Tyrrell, MD, PhD. University of Alberta, LiKSioV, Scientific advisor KMT Hepatech

Session objectives:

  • To communicate how organizations in Alberta are addressing issues of talent retention in the life-sciences industry

  • To demonstrate that Edmonton is a dynamic city with a budding innovation ecosystem driving the health economy

  • To better understand the barriers that limit economic development and expansion of life-sciences companies in Edmonton

  • To promote networking between all relevant members of the innovation ecosystem to facilitate development

  • To lay the foundations for tangible and realistic strategies to address both talent retention and health innovation growth in Edmonton

Sep 11, 2019

Career Opportunities in Clinical Research: NACTRC’s role in facilitating Clinical Trials in Alberta

Presentation by Scott Jamieson, Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Research Unit Edmonton (CRUE) and Advisor, Quality Management in Clinical Research (QMCR) about the roles and responsibilities of NACTRC in Alberta Clinical Trial work and job opportunities for individuals looking for a career in clinical research.

Session Objectives:
• Explore job opportunities currently available at NACTRC
• Understand how CRUE and QMCR oversee clinical trial conduct in Alberta
• Learn about how NACTRC facilitates collaboration between pharmaceutical companies, government and researchers

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