MedTech Talent Accelerator Program Components
10 seminars are offered each year
Offered at both Ryerson & McGill
Innovation seminars showcase industry challenges and opportunities faced by individual Canadian MedTech companies. They're delivered by industry representatives from partnering companies and highlight the need for multi-disciplinary approaches to solve specific industry challenges. The seminars are held at both Ryerson and McGill, and are shared virtually to allow students to participate at both institutions.
On a yearly basis, students participate in a 45-hour innovation hackathon (HackMedTech) to build solutions for the real-world challenges faced by the Canadian MedTech industry. Teams are comprised of Ryerson and McGill students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and Regulatory Affairs program students from Humber College.
Through HackMedTech, students are given the opportunity to showcase their talent, build problem-solving skills, network with key industry leaders, and contribute to solving pressing business, social, and environmental problems faced within the industry. Industry and academic representatives also participate in the hack-a-thon as speakers, mentors, and judges and support students in developing their solutions.
The MedTech Business & Commercialization course will provide an overview of the MedTech sector with particular focus on business strategy, intellectual property, risk analysis, marketing and sales, reimbursement, and financing. Course content will be provided by academic and industry program participants and collaborators from their specific experiences in commercializing medical technologies.
Online course: ~ 30 content hours
The MedTech R&D course will focus on the ethical, legal and regulatory framework for conducting research and development in an industrial setting. Topics will include: responsible conduct of research, clinical trials, regulatory affairs, and quality management. Course content will be provided by academic and industry program participants and collaborators from their specific experiences in developing medical technologies.
Online course: ~ 30 content hours
Students undertake a 2-day job shadow at partnering MedTech companies, which provided a unique opportunity for career exploration in the Canadian MedTech sector. By observing and participating in the day-to-day activities of industry mentors, students gain insight into their particular career path and make connections between their experience as a student and work requirements.
After successful completion of Experience MedTech courses, students take on a paid MedTech internship. Students are matched with partnering companies based on their interests, specific background, and current research within their graduate program.
Not only do internships provide MedTech work experience, they also build upon concepts delivered through the LifeCycle and Industrial R&D courses. Interns gain valuable industry-related skills and training while contributing to R&D initiatives of their host company.
Interns also work with an academic advisor who has experience in university-industry collaborations and is aligned with the specialty area of the host company. Through regular contact with industry hosts and academic advisors, students are supported throughout their internships and provided appropriate mentorship.