Over the past 15 years, as a healthcare executive, management professional, and noted innovator, Dr. Linda Maxwell has led successful institutional partnerships, public and private-sector business initiatives, and knowledge translation and commercialization activities within hospital and university settings.
Currently, Dr. Linda Maxwell is Executive Director of the Biomedical Zone, a healthcare technology and business development programme and infrastructure (business incubator) she founded. The Biomedical Zone is a first-in-class, hospital-embedded business incubator for emerging health technology companies and strategic partnership between a leading acute care hospital (St. Michael’s) and Ontario’s most applied-to university (Ryerson). Under Dr. Maxwell’s stewardship, the Biomedical Zone has gone from concept to creation to going concern, supporting Toronto’s leading health technology businesses.
Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr. Maxwell led the strategic partnering of the National Health Service and University of Oxford to build a pipeline of clinician-driven innovation and research commercialization, managing a diverse portfolio of pre-market and market-ready life sciences technologies through all commercial stages including licensing, company creation, business building, and early stage capital raising.
Dr. Maxwell’s breadth of experience and scope of expertise is founded on over a decade and a half as an accomplished head and neck/facial plastic surgeon and patient advocate. Her academic medical career is distinguished by university appointments as a clinical instructor, medical school faculty member, and published scientific author.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Dr. Maxwell sits on several boards including the MedicAlert Foundation Canada, a registered charity dedicated to ensuring Canadians’ life saving information is delivered to front-line medical workers during a health emergency.
In 2016, Dr. Maxwell was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), an award recognizing talented leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Dr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University (Biology, cum laude), an M.D. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from University of Oxford. She completed six-year residency and fellowship training in surgery at the University of Toronto.
Ryan Van Wert, MD is a physician entrepreneur with a passion for medical technology innovation. Ryan is a co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Vynca, Inc., a Silicon Valley healthcare technology company whose mission is to improve care delivery at the end of life through a care coordination platform. Ryan is also a co-founder at AWAIR, Inc., a medical device company developing a catheter-based technology to reduce complications in the intensive care unit. He is a named inventor of a wide array of medical technologies.
Ryan is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Stanford University, where his academic focus is in technology assessment and in teaching biomedical innovation. Prior to medical school, Ryan worked in product development at GlaxoSmithKline.
Ryan graduated with the University Medal in chemical engineering at Queen’s University, Canada. He completed medical school internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and was Chief Medical Resident at St. Michael’s Hospital. He completed post-doctoral training at Stanford University in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Biodesign. He holds three board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
Nabil has recently completed his degree in Biomedical Engineering, and has worked with several startups and incubators and has experience in various roles such as Co-Founder, Clinical Engagement Liaison, Startup Services Assistant, and Business Development Specialist.
Through working with startups and incubators, Nabil has developed a strong interest for innovation and tech startups. In early 2016, he recognized the lack of opportunities for Ryerson students to gain practical experience in healthcare and helped co-create the Co-Development Lab with the Biomedical Zone. Nabil now facilitates the collaboration of students, hospital staff, and innovators in creating innovative solutions to practical problems at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Grace has completed her Master of Management of Innovation (MMI) degree at UTM, and is a registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Her most recent clinical experience was for the Saskatoon Health Region as a PET/CT Technologist. Grace is professionally involved with the CAMRT on various projects, and is passionate about a healthcare system enabled by innovations in technology. Her role at the Biomedical Zone is to assist in clinical validation for various startups.
Claudia recently completed a Master of Health Science in Health Administration at the University of Toronto, and began her work at the Biomedical Zone through her practicum placement. She has over 8 years of healthcare experience through her previous work as a credentialed (CIC) Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP), at several hospitals within the GTA.
As an ICP, she partnered with multiple stakeholders (clinicians, support staff, department heads and administrators) from all areas of the hospital. In performing her mandate she engages and obtains the commitment of stakeholders to infection control through education, monitoring, reporting, process review and improvement, and consulting services.
Claudia gained a comprehensive appreciation of the gaps and challenges in the current healthcare environment. She is excited about championing evolution and solutions in healthcare and is particularly interested in innovations that address the challenges of aging, caregiver support, the social determinants of health, and antibiotic stewardship.
Tamara is an active member of the Toronto tech community and has a keen interest in healthcare innovation and how it can lead to a more seamless system for patients and healthcare providers alike.
In a professional capacity, she has worked with healthcare marketing and consulting firms to streamline projects and help manage them from ideation to fruition. She also has extensive experience within client services and event coordination.
As the Operations Coordinator, she is responsible for day-to-day operations management of the Biomedical Zone and acts as liaison between Ryerson faculties, departments, Zone Learning, external contacts as well as staff and faculty at St. Michael’s Hospital.