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VANTEC Meeting – Health & Life Sciences

June 12, 2019, 2019

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Join us for the annual Health and Life Sciences themed investor meeting where we invite and select BC’s most promising Seed and Series A companies in the Digital Health, Medical Device, Pharma/Biotech and Health IT sectors.

Companies from across BC are invited to apply to pitch and we welcome investors referrals of their portfolio companies.


Registration & Networking 2:00 pm

Presentation: Trends in Health & Life Sciences 2:30 pm

The Trends in Investment and Successful Commercialization

Presenting the range of investments observed globally – particularly in Canada and the growing importance of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor – with an overview of the business models and commercialization models leading to the highest growth, valuations and exits.

PresenterLesley Esford

Dr. Esford has spent the last couple of decades in the life sciences sector in leadership positions as an educator and a trusted advisor.  In her most recent positions at Accel-Rx and at Life Sciences BC, she has developed a large professional network and a comprehensive understanding of the global Life Sciences sector and investment community; including working with over 100 entrepreneurs developing drugs, medical devices, and diagnostics at every stage of the innovation process from concept to commercialization.


Panel: Investing in Health  2:45pm

Successfully Commercializing technology to create a Market Leading Company

A unique opportunity to hear about how local entrepreneurs are driving innovation and create winning products and services. We will learn how they have balanced investment, partnerships and revenue opportunities on this path to success.


Dr. Nima Ziraknejad, Ph.D. P.Eng., Founder & CEO, NZ Technologies Inc. 

Nima is the founder and CEO at NZ Technologies Inc. (NZTech), a medical technology innovation firm with a mission to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care. NZTech is proud to have invented TIPSO™, novel medical devices that have revolutionized the state of Human-Machine Interactions in the operating room. Over the past two decades, Nima has combined expertise in scientific research and experimentation, technology development, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization to create, sell, and install innovative technology products that save lives and improve safety in the mining, oil and gas, automotive, and healthcare sectors. Nima holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.


Harrison BrownCo-Founder & CEO, HeadCheck Health


Elayne WandlerDirector Programs & Partnerships, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator

Ms. Wandler draws on over 20 years experience as a health sciences executive and as an entrepreneur in the role of Director, Partnerships and Programs for Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator.  Her background includes executive positions at Canadian biotech QLT Inc. as VP of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations and as VP of Business Development; and senior positions in market research, brand management and sales with the multinational Abbvie. In addition to her corporate experience, Ms. Wandler has enjoyed success as an entrepreneur and business consultant.

ModeratorLesley Esford


Networking Break 3.30pm


Community Announcements 4:00pm

Community partners are invited to announce their upcoming events to the investors in the room and subscribers to our newsletter. Simply email us at

Get Inspired Talks – free, high-quality global publicity | Contact: Roger Killen or 604-408-0888

Accel-Rx Mentor Program Recruitment | Contact: Elayne Wandler



Company Presentations 4:15pm

Companies can apply to pitch here, and are recommended to attend one or more of the pitch circuit events to practice their pitch. The presenting companies will be announced 2 weeks prior to the meeting.



Peqish Food Company | Food Health Tech | Food is Medicine. We disrupt food programs in healthcare, academic, and retail chains through our clinically-endorsed functional foods.



Smile Club | Consumer Products | Bringing Worldwide Innovative Oral Care Products To Canada.

Obidou HeathCloud | Healthcare Services | Cloud-based mental health care.



SierraSil (Sierra Mountain Minerals) | Food Health Tech | Proprietary natural product that uniquely addresses the significant pain and inflammation opportunity by bridging the choice of safe or efficacious.

Cyberdontics Medical Devices and Equipment

ABI Wellness | Healthcare Services | A scalable, interdisciplinary service platform for brain injury recovery.

Medident Technologies Inc. |  Medical Devices and Equipment | Patent pending technology PlasmaClave creates a plasma stream that safely eradicates microorganisms.


Investor Decks

The company presentations and investor packages, including more details on the team, financials and other documents are available to VANTEC members on the Gust platform. Email us at if you have any questions.


Reception & Networking 5:30-6:45pm

We will serve snacks, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.


June 12, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:45 pm


#1100 555 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B Canada
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