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Meetup #18: Wearable technology and the way the marketplace has changed

With the advent of new technology such as bluetooth low energy and wearable technology, an industry in the billions has rose to the number one focus of many within the consumer device industry. The impact of wearables is already being felt in education, communication, navigating, and entertainment; but perhaps the greatest potential lies in healthcare. In this Meetup we will be highlighting wearable tech in the health care industry, touching on regulation and showcasing an entrepreneur currently in the process of bringing their wearable tech to market. Join us as we discuss these technologies in more depth and get an insight on how entrepreneurs in the region are changing the way people live their lives. 

Date: August 21, 2014 
Location: Royal Bank of Canada 
Address: 6880 Financial Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 7Y5 
Time: 7:00PM-9:30PM 


Jayson Parker, Medical Biotechnology Analyst & Lecturer University of Toronto

Dr. Jayson Parker is a Lecturer in medical biotechnology in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He lectures in the Master of Biotechnology Program, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. His main research interests include: biomarkers & clinical trial risk, machine learning, biotechnology patents and medical device regulation. Jayson is currently a medical/scientific advisor to the hedge fund Burlington Capital Inc, which has $25 million in assets under management and the Canadian Innovation Centre. He is also a board member for Life Sciences Ontario. Most recently, he was a medical liaison for Schering Plough’s biologic infliximab (Remicade) and for Novo Nordisk’s biologic rfVIIa (Novoseven/Niastase). He has been a “buy side” stock analyst covering the life sciences for Investor’s Group and the Director of Medical Science Equities at AIC limited (now Portland), both prominent mutual fund companies.

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Yogi Sennik, Co- Founder & Operations Manager at Volvox Inc

A serial entrepreneur with various active companies,  Yogi has extensive experience in SME business environments.  His experience includes over 20 years operating manufacturing and consumer products companies. Core areas of expertise are productivity, development of teams, financial management and commercialization of consumer items.  Yogi began his career as a Chemical Engineer working in R&D for various multinational consumer companies.  He is passionate about catalyzing innovation, investing in teams and creating a sustainable business process. He is an angel investor and business support to early stage companies.

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  • Prashant

    Excellent to meet each other and of course new tech

    2 · August 22, 2014

  • Vidya Sagar G.

    Nice presentation by speakers.

    2 · August 22, 2014

  • john k.

    a really enjoyable meeting, it was great to meet enthusiastic people

    2 · August 21, 2014

  • Jayson P.

    By "we" I am communicating the current thinking of a hedge fund called Burlington Capital.

    August 14, 2014

  • Jayson P.

    While wearables have been around for decades, it's current incarnation is a "new space". In the short term wearables that act as accessories to high priced products or provide stand alone functionality for cardiovascular health are in our view, the best "plays". All this is a forecast, but the space right now is niche.

    The real driver we are looking for that will expand this space is not on the market yet: tracking food consumption. We believe this has broad consumer appeal. Wearables will only flourish to the extent the data they generate can be monetized. For that to happen, "big data" needs to get bigger in a consumer context. The best context for that, from a revenue standpoint, we believe, is health.

    Wearables are the trojan horse for big data. For all of this to work, wearables used must focus on low cost applications and an outpatient context.

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • Tagor T.

    Dear Speaker, do you see what is the major impact wearable technology can bring to our daily life?

    August 6, 2014

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