OBIO 2017 Annual Public Meeting Features Dr. Edward Abrahams, President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and Launch of Latest Report, ‘Bridging the Talent Gap’

TORONTO - November 27, 2017 - OBIO® hosted keynote speaker Dr. Edward Abrahams, President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, at its 9th Annual Public Meeting at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP on November 27, 2017.

Dr. Edward Abrahams’ presentation, “Why Personalized Medicine Matters,” described his experience founding the Personalized Medicine Coalition and updated an audience of over 90 health science industry professionals about the latest developments in personalized medicine and how it is changing health care delivery and innovation.

OBIO also launched its latest report at the Annual Public Meeting, “Bridging the Talent Gap”, which describes the unique value of OBIO’s Health to Business Bridge (H2BB™) business internship program in 2017. With feedback from participating companies, interns and subject matter expert advisors, the report explains how H2BB addresses the challenge of pulling top talent into Ontario’s health science industry.

“In 2017, the Health to Business Program succeeded in helping the health science industry address the talent gap,” said Gail Garland, President and CEO of OBIO. “This year, H2BB placed 55 business interns in 42 different companies and, based on our feedback, we know there is even more demand in 2018. From all accounts, OBIO’s H2BB business internship is unique in Ontario and possibly Canada because of how it engages of subject matter expert advisors to mentor interns and utilizing targeted workshops to deliver a health science industry perspective to interns.”
— Gail Garland, President and CEO, OBIO

The 2017 OBIO Annual Public Meeting provided an opportunity to review OBIO’s activities in 2017 and look ahead to plans for 2018. MPP Cristina Martins, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth spoke on behalf of the Government of Ontario and described the supportive partnership between the provincial government and OBIO. MPP Bill Walker and MPP Catherine Fife each brought greetings on behalf of the OBIO MPP Health Science Caucus.