Welcome to the Groundhog Day edition of the prn! In this newsletter, we've got a wide selection of funding and trade development opportunities including connections with Taiwan, Hong Kong/China and Spain. And of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the Clinexus team in Edmonton or Calgary.
Manufacturing and Distributing Your Medical Device in China
Edmonton: February 13-14, 2012
Calgary: February 16-17, 2012
Are you a business that is interested in electronic hardware and are looking for contract manufacturing options? Do you have an interest in developing hardware in Asia or is your final product destined for Asia? Do you have development interests in electronic medical devices?
A Hong Kong based company, AML Holdings, is interested in meeting with Alberta companies that have IT hardware-based development interests with one or more of the following needs:
(Re)design, (re)engineering and manufacturing of electronic devices through to complete products, which may include a medical devices component
Seeking entry into the Asia/China/Far East markets
Seeking investment to support the development of new technologies
This is a unique opportunity to meet with a premier design and manufacturing service provider. AML can help Alberta companies design and manufacture electronic devices (including medical devices), automotive electronics, telecom products, as well as industrial control and home automation systems. AML has been headquartered in Hong Kong since 1976 and has a workforce of over 3000 people and 330,000 square feet state-of-art production facilities. AML is a cGMP practicing manufacturer with FDA and SFDA registered facilities that produce world-class products for the international market with CCC, CE, UL, GS, FCC and other safety/regulatory approvals. Their factories are ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO/TS 16949 certified.
Furthermore, AML established an office in Shanghai in 2002 to support trade with China. AML has marketing and purchasing teams, strategic alliance specialists, and local certification capabilities, which can help Alberta companies access the burgeoning Chinese market.
If you are interested in a meeting with AML next week, please email Wade Muri at Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.
Alberta Mission to HIMSS 2012
Las Vegas: February 20-24, 2012
Waiting List Applications Only
Clinexus and the Government of Alberta invite you to participate in a Health Technology mission to HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The HIMSS annual conference attracts over 40,000 professionals in the health IT industry from North America and around the world. The event includes exhibition floors of health IT products and services as well as educational and partnering sessions offering opportunities to grow business. For more information about the conference, visit the HIMSS website.
Why Should You Attend?
Meet with potential buyers and partners
Connect with the inventors, innovators, educators and policy shapers transforming the health IT industry
Learn about market opportunities in the US and globally
Discover where your product/service fits in the global market
Other Value-Added events at HIMSS:
Access the Export Café, B2B meetings, and the support of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) working in the U.S.
Promote your company’s offerings at the “Canada Mobile-Health Knowledge Center”. Reserve time in the Canada kiosk on the HIMSS exhibit floor and engage with a broad range of attendees seeking Mobile Health solutions. One representative of your company may reserve a two-hour time slot in the Canada Kiosk to promote your offerings.
Attend the Canadian Networking Reception: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, hosted by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).
Engage with Industry Leaders at the Canada Breakfast Panel Discussion: Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Speakers from Canada and the U.S. will provide illustrative examples of advances in improving patient safety and controlling avoidable cost by enabling the use of clinical information at the point of care. Registration required.
Hear Canada’s industry thought leaders in the “Mobile –Health Knowledge Center Theatre” Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
For more information about the value-added events listed above, contact Brooke Dugas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-422-1046.
Six spots were made available through Clinexus for subsidized travel up to $750 per company. These have been awarded to eligible, Alberta-based, health technology companies with a preference given to both new program participants and those companies who are ready or almost ready to actively market their product(s) in the US. Participants are responsible for paying for all travel, food and accommodation; subsidies will be paid upon receipt of proof of expenditure.
Although the initial six subsidies have been awarded, we are still accepting names for the waiting list, in case early recipients have had a change in travel plans. Regardless of this subsidy, all companies attending are welcome to take advantage of the value-added events listed above.
To apply, please contact Rob Beamish at email@example.com or 403-210-7544
Technology/Financing/Strategic Partnering in Medical Devices – Inroads to Greater China
Videoconference: February 22, 2012
Looking for venture capitalists in Taiwan? Aiming to partner with Taiwan corporations to get into the Greater China markets?
Alberta Intergovernmental, International and Aboriginal Relations (IIAR), Alberta Taiwan Office (ATO), Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) and The Taiwan Venture Capital Association (TVCA) invite you to join us at this event. Alberta companies are invited to present their proposal to the potential venture capitalists and/or partners in Taiwan. Five Alberta medical devices companies will be invited to present their company and answer questions.
The event will begin with an overview of the current Taiwan VC market for medical devices presented by Dr. Jerome She, Managing Member and Board Director of CX Venture Group. This will be followed by five company presentations; 20 minutes will be provided for each company including Q&A.
When: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Where: Calgary: Suite 300, Standard Life Tower, 639 5th Ave. SW. T2P 0M9
Edmonton: 12/F, Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street, T5J 4G8
To register, please email Constance Leung with your contact information as soon as possible. If you are chosen to present, you must submit your PowerPoint presentation by Wednesday, February 15.
Click on the links provided for more information about the Taiwan Venture Capital Association or CX Venture Group.
VentureAlberta Summit Series
Edmonton or Lloydminster: February 25 thru 27, 2012
Banff/Calgary: April 14 thru 16, 2012
Startups - Go to BaseCamp to create an Investor Deck, understand investor terms, and learn how to protect you and your investors.
At The Summit, find resources such as business strategy, sales assistance, mentoring, CFO assistance, and potential seed capital.
Company Builders and Service Providers - Find new and interesting startups to be part of. Find ground floor opportunities. Be part of helping at BaseCamp, or just come to see the finished opportunities when they are presented at The Summit.
Investors - Start tracking early stage companies, or get in on the ground floor of Western Canada’s next generation of startups.
For additional information on the Summit Series and Detailed Agenda, please click here.
BioAlberta is a supporter of the VentureAlberta Summit Series and is offering BioAlberta members a 25% discount off the registration fee.
Questions about the Summit Series program? Please contact Randy Thompson at 403-313-2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring a Summer Student or New Grad?
Application Dates: Ranging from February 1 - 29, 2012
The following is a list of government programs that are being offered this year to help with the cost of hiring students and new grads.
Summer Work Experience Program - Target: Summer students
Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) - Target: Summer students
Small Business Internship Program - Target: E-business projects
Career Focus - Target: People getting their first job after graduating from any post-secondary program.
Skills Link - Target: People who might have difficulty getting work for reasons such as:
live in rural and remote areas; or
dropped out of high school.
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities - Target: People with Disabilities
Aboriginal Futures - Target: Work experience opportunities for First Nation candidates.
GSMA Mobile Health University Challenge 2011-2012
Closing Date: March 1, 2012
It’s a real-world opportunity for students to experience and realize their talent and win a chance to showcase their idea at the prestigious GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit in Cape Town in May 2012.
Two members of the top 10 teams will be invited, expenses paid, to pitch their concepts to a diverse judging panel made up of venture capitalists, major industry players, and thought leaders in the mobile heath ecosystem at the summit. Full passes to the summit will be provided for the teams to network and engage with a number of the leading lights in the industry.
The winning team of the GSMA Mobile Health University Challenge 2011/12 will be rewarded $5,000 worth of training and mentoring towards the future development of their innovation.
Registration for entries is now open with the closing date of 1st March 2012. Full details and conditions of entry for the contest are detailed on the BMIC website.
Canada's Rising Stars in Global Health: Round Three
Closing Date: March 23, 2012
We are looking for bold ideas with big impact. Grand Challenges Canada is pleased to announce Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health Request for Proposals, Round Three. This unique program is a call to action to Canada’s early-career innovators to make their contribution to global health. Grand Challenges Canada’s goal is to tap into the creativity, knowledge and skills of Canada’s scientists, entrepreneurs and social innovators to solve some of the most persistent health challenges in the developing world through Integrated Innovation.
Round Three provides $100,000 in seed grants for up to 20 successful proposals. If the ideas are robust, effective, and proven, the innovators will be eligible to apply for additional scale–up funds of up to $1 million for each proposal.
Proposals must include a two-minute video segment outlining the health problem, the proposed solution, and why it is innovative and bold. Proposals will be required to address Grand Challenges Canada’s Integrated Innovation approach. Integrated Innovation is the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation to develop solutions to complex challenges.
For the Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health Request-for-Proposals and link to the application site, please click here.
Spain-Canada Virtual Mission in the Medical Devices/ Health Technologies Sector
Video Conference: April, 24th or 25th or 26th, 2012
In partnership with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Spanish Federation of Health Technologies companies (FENIN) and the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), a "virtual mission" of Canadian and Spanish companies in the medical devices sector will be held in late April (exact date TBD). This videoconference mission consists of 2-3 hour sessions of short company presentations (pre-scheduled and targeted prior to the event), so that companies in both countries can build bridges between them. The goal is to facilitate partnerships, possible Canadeka projects, and potential face-to-face meetings in MEDICA 2012.
This low-cost, virtual mission is aiming to attract approximately 20 companies (10 from Canada and 10 from Spain). Candidate companies must be partnership-ready, and Spanish participants will be carefully targeted to ensure good matches for Canadian companies.
For more information, or to apply, please contact David Freeman at the Trade Commissioner's Office in Edmonton.
For those of you who might have missed our previous newsletters, but want to catch up on all the health technology news for Alberta companies, you can go to the Events page on our website or click on any of the individual articles below.
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