Building a Fully Functional Ecosystem for Human Health Sciences in Ontario - OBIO Article in Onboard Magazine

ASK THE EXPERTBuilding a Fully Functional Ecosystem for Human Health Sciences in Ontario

By Gail Garland BSc. MBA C. Dir, President & CEO, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO)

"Understanding Health Care Priorities examines aligning industry capabilities with government priorities to address the challenges facing the Ontario health care system."

Q. For the last two years, OBIO has successfully implemented OBEST. How did you do it and what have you learned? A. OBEST was developed to address the need for an industry-led plan to build a fully functional ecosystem for human health sciences (HHS) in Ontario. OBIO created OBEST as a call-to-action and mobilized province-wide stakeholders to develop, prioritize and implement key strategic initiatives to help industry. Ideas were categorized as industry-led or government-partnered. Prioritization led to the 2011 launch of nine implementation teams. A subsequent review selected Innovation Adoption, Capital Access, Healthcare priorities and Interconnectivity as foci for 2013.

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