Innovation Ambassadors:
Monthly Speaker Series

Next event: March 15, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Zoom

“The Role of Venture Capital in Taking Innovation from Lab to Patients”

This Month’s Host and Speakers

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Zoom

This month we’ll be discussing the role of venture capital in the commercialization of life-science technologies in Canada, with Suman Rao, Ph.D., from Lumira Ventures, one of Canada’s premier life-science venture capital firms.

Colin Macaulay

Colin Macaulay

Colin Macaulay is a Business Development Manager at WORLDiscoveries. He is a key team player who communicates the scientific and operational priorities to the technical and business side of the drug development business.

Suman Rao

Suman Rao

Suman is an associate at Lumira Ventures, a life-sciences-focused venture capital firm headquartered in Toronto. She is passionate about understanding the drivers of complex diseases and hopes to bring novel therapies to patients by supporting cutting-edge technologies and medicines.

About the Speaker Series

The Innovation Ambassadors speaker series provides an opportunity to see what research and innovations are coming from various areas of the university. See what your colleagues are working on and how you can engage in the innovation ecosystem here at Western and in the local community.

The speaker series will feature faculty members from across campus and special guest panelists from industry.

Learn about the Innovation Ambassadors

Supporting the innovative mindset at Western, our Innovation Ambassadors are self-identified researchers who have expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization or knowledge mobilization.

Through their work across campus, our ambassadors are charged with the goal of connecting great ideas in their faculties to the Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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