This open discussion will include:
- Entrepreneurship: Challenges, Rewards and Recipe for a Successful Venture
- Protection of Intellectual Properties & Patents
- Fundraising: sources and challenges to secure each type
- The Right Team
- Job Creation
Amir Manbachi will be the main contributor in this open discussion. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto (in 2015), where he also obtained his other degrees in Engineering Science (2008), as well as his Masters degree (2010). While an undergraduate, he interned at Harvard University which resulted in a number of scientific publications. He also carries the experience of international industrial internships. During 2012 he interned with Stryker Navigation’s R&D headquarter in Germany. Stryker is one of the top five global medical corporations designing, marketing and selling surgical navigation products. Over the past five years, he has been actively teaching Medical Imaging and mentoring Engineering students for which he made it to the 12 shortlisted candidates for the UToronto's TATP Teaching Excellence Award in 2013. For his PhD thesis, he focused on design and fabrication of an image-guided surgical navigation. Consisting of a sensor on the end of a surgical drill kit, the device is aimed to use ultrasound technology to give surgeons a clearer picture during delicate operations where screws are inserted into the spine. During his PhD studies, Amir was in charge of bringing a total R&D funding of > $400,000 from various resources. In addition, Amir is the recipient of the 2015 UofT's inventor of the year award as well as the Ontario Brain Institute 2013 Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Amir and his project have repeatedly appeared in the media departmentally, university-wide and nation-wide. During his post-doc training (2015-2016) at Khademhosseini lab, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, he focused on building the instrumentation setup for a 3-D bio-printing system and gained some exposure to Organs-on-a-chip platforms. To date, he has 20 publications, 3 world-wide patents, an H-index of 9 and an overall citations of 408. Amir will be soon joining Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine as a faculty member of Biomedical Engineering, as well as the director of innovation at the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation. In his spare time, Amir enjoys socializing, learning languages and playing music.