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Innovation Brokers

Innovation Brokers will work with Ontario’s innovators and health care providers to foster an even greater culture of innovation across the province.

Innovation Brokers will help the Chief Health Innovation Strategist remove barriers, so that new made-in-Ontario innovative technologies and processes get into our health care system and to patients faster.

They will link growing Ontario-based health technology companies with opportunities, key players and supports, create and enhance connections and collaboration, and help ensure success.

Working with health system partners, Innovation Brokers will improve access to sources of support, test sites for gathering feedback from patients and clinicians, as well as guidance and mentorship in moving innovation ideas from development to adoption and diffusion in Ontario’s health care system.

The first three Innovation Brokers are:

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Jennifer Zelmer, President at Azimuth Health Group - With strong expertise in clinical adoption of health technologies, Jennifer and her team will be building innovation capacity within the health system by mentoring change agents on such topics as value-based procurement and calculating ROI.

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Martin Gurbin, Vice President and Founder, Sunnybrook International - With strong international business expertise, Martin will be working with health technology innovators to define and communicate their value proposition to Ontario-based health service providers.  Martin will work with health technology innovators to build partnerships and business development opportunities.

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Karen Michell
, Executive Director of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) - On behalf of Ontario’s 23 research hospitals, Karen will help clear the path to market by pulling innovation into Ontario’s health system. Karen’s work will focus on matching the needs and priorities of Ontario research hospitals with the innovative solutions underway in Ontario.

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For More Information

416-314-3209 | ochis@ontario.ca