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Explore MedTech Innovation Seminar: Challenges & Opportunities facing a Medical Technology Startup

October 25, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
McGill University, Ryerson University

Speaker: Henrietta “Mimi” Galiana | Co-founder and CSO, Saccade Analytics

Bio: Henrietta “Mimi” Galiana is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University. She has spent the majority of her working career at McGill, and her work on eye movements and systems for classifying them are highly innovative and within the newly emerging fields of modern neuroscience. She brings to her research a detailed understanding of the biological systems associated with vision, joined with expertise in complex mathematical models, and their integration with devices for their measurement, emulation or control. Biomimetic strategies based on her work are advancing control of robotic arms and heads in man-made and living organisms.

Mimi is also co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Saccade Analytics. The startup owes its existence to lab work done by Mimi over more than 30 years, beginning when she was a McGill PhD student studying the eye movements of astronauts who had returned from zero-gravity missions. Saccade took the top spot in the health sciences track at the Dobson Cup challenge in 2017, and in May 2018, Saccade took the first-place Hakim Family Prize for Clinical Innovation as part of the inaugural McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) at the McGill Faculty of Medicine. The startup is a family affair, with Mimi as chief scientific officer, daughter Isabel, a former doctoral student at McGill, as CEO, and husband Francisco, a retired McGill professor of electrical engineering, as research & development lead.