2019 Conference Program

'20/20' Health Vision Conference Series - 2019 Edition  June 20, 2019

"ARE YOU LISTENING? - People and Patient Driven Innovation"

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The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and its Health Innovation Initiative is currently planning the 2019 Edition of 20/20 Health Vision Conference Series June 20, 2019 at the Hotel Bessborough.  The series is focused on "Exploring Health Market Opportunities" at a time of Health and Technology Transformation.  This years theme is "Are You Listening? - People and Patient Driven Innovation".

Keynote Speaker:



  Melinda Richter
  Global Head of JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

As Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS), Melinda Richter, fosters the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by creating capital-efficient commercialization models that give early stage companies a big company advantage. By providing infrastructure, services, educational programs and networks in global hotspots, JLABS is the best place to start a company working in healthcare, with a specific emphasis on Johnson & Johnson’s sectors: consumer, medical device and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining JLABS, Melinda was Founder and CEO of Prescience International, an award-winning firm dedicated to accelerating research to the patient. Melinda founded Prescience after she had a medical emergency that left her questioning the efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system. With the tenacity and resolve of a patient looking for a better solution, she set out to create a better model, which now forms the basis for JLABS operational infrastructure.

Melinda leads the current  JLABS "EntrepreNURSE" initiative stating "Nurses have ideas that can improve patient care right now. We want to help give them what they need to take their dreams and concepts from the scribbles on a napkin to the bench to patients, institutions and the market as quickly as possible."

Guest Speaker:



  Dr. John Conly, CM. MD
  Medical Director, Ward of the 21st Century

John Conly, MD is a Professor and former Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services - Calgary and Area.  He is medically trained as a specialist in infectious diseases, and was a past President of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, past Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance and a previous Vice Chair for the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee. He is currently the Co-Director for the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the University of Calgary, a member of the Canadian Expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and a member of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. He has published over 300 papers and has received multiple career honours in teaching, research, mentorship, innovation and service, including the Ronald Christie Award for outstanding contributions to academic medicine in Canada, the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Alberta Medical Association for outstanding personal contributions to the medical profession and the Order of Canada. He continues as an active consultant in clinical infectious diseases with current interests which focus on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, prevention of hospital-acquired infections and novel innovations in healthcare.

Dr Conly was the catalyst for the creation of  the Ward of the 21st Century (W21C). His vision was to create a centre that enables health system innovation through a state-of-the-art clinical and research space. Since its inception almost 10 years ago, W21C has engaged interdisciplinary researchers to collaborate on exciting approaches to improve patient safety and quality of care. His focus on innovation and multidisciplinary networking has contributed significantly to W21C success to date.  The W21C Vision is to 'Define the future of health care"; it's Misson is 'To innovate, create, educate, and evolve to build new paradigms of health care delivery".

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