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.
Brigitte Dreger-Smylie is a knowledge translation specialist with a background in science, engineering, and research communications. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria in 2013 and completed her Master of Professional Communication with Ryerson University in 2015. Her research interests include the communication of uncertainty and risk in technical data within media and public-facing channels. Brigitte has previously worked with such projects and organizations as hitchBOT, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, The Swim Guide, Ryerson University, and Parks Canada. Brigitte is also a freelance communications consultant, editor, and digital strategist.
Ran has over 15 years of experience in multi-disciplinary engineering. He served in positions of CEO, VP R&D and Director of Technologies, as well as investment manager and business development manager, in Israel and in Canada.
Ran served in the technological unit of the Israeli intelligence corps, managing large teams and complex multidisciplinary state-of-the-art projects involving hundreds of people. He received the national security award from the state of Israel.
Ran holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Business from Swinburne University (Australia).