OBIO Health to Business Bridge Program™
Onboarding new talent can be challenging, but it is a necessary process for growing companies. OBIO Health To Business Bridge™ program (H2BB) has a proven track record in bringing business trained talent up-to-speed quickly and giving them a solid footing in the fundamentals of the health science industry.
OBIO H2BB offers top graduate-level, business-trained students and recent graduates, who will expand your business, marketing and/or finance strategies through market research, investor targeting, or conference preparation.
Former Candidate Profiles
Former H2BB Early-Career Talents:
Natasha Poley is completing her B.Sc. in Biotechnology and Business from the University of Waterloo. As a member of H2BB’s 5th cohort she acted as a marketing associate for an AI-based imaging company. There she developed marketing materials, redesigned their website and managed their social media strategy. Her degree and background also allowed her to participate in the lab at her internship company allowing her to provide them with even more value.
"Through the interning experience I have learned and grown so much. Working at Elucid Labs has allowed me to build skills that will help me further my career. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have participated in H2BB and look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained in the future."
Matt Ward was part of the H2BB’s second cohort. At the time of his internship Matt was an MBA candidate at McMaster University prior to which he had completed an honors bachelor of health science degree from UOIT. During his internship for a commercialization accelerator Matt performed market analysis on several emerging technologies. He also created models for competitive analysis and provided support in generating investment valuations.
“OBIO’s H2BB Program employs a multidimensional teaching and development structure made up of an internship, workshops and continuous mentorship that helps members navigate a fast-track to accumulating the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the business of health tech innovation and translation.
My time in the program catalyzed my professional growth in a way that my university program alone could not and ultimately led to the start of my career in health science innovation commercialization and investing.”
-Matthew Ward, BHSc, MBA
Medical Engagement and Research specialist
Fariya Mostafa holds a Master’s degree in Neurophysiology. As a Medical Engagement and Research Specialist at an AI-driven diagnostics company in H2BB, her main responsibilities were to gather data from clinical researchers and create specifications for the companies software. As the company grew, Fariya was expected to refine the business model and manage ongoing pilots.
“The industry experts at H2BB introduced me to strategic planning and market research, which helped guide my mindset as I transitioned into my new role. In addition, H2BB’s Personal Development workshops on teamwork and working with ambiguity were instrumental in further developing my management and decision making skills.”
MARKET RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Nam Vo is a candidate for a Master of Management of Applied Science from Western University. As part of cohort 5 he was a market research associate for a health IT company. His role consisted of competitive analysis, exploration of new markets, reviewing advertising strategies, and developing a plan for the next stage of growth for his company.
"H2BB has helped me develop relevant business-related skills while offering an enriching internship experience, making the transition into professionalism much smoother.”
MARKETING AND SALES ASSOCIATE
Maddie Rawling was a student in the Master of Management of Innovation program at UTM. Maddie participated in H2BB as a Marketing and Sales Associate at a medical device company. During her time with the company, she located and helped to secure distributors, developed a digital marketing strategy, performed SEO on the company’s website, and worked across to the board to grow sales.
"The H2BB program provides the resources needed to succeed in a business setting with a life sciences background. The opportunities for professional development and mentorship were integral to the success of my internship this summer."
MARKET RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Craig Johnson is a candidate in the Rotman School of Management’s MBA program. During his internship at an imaging based diagnostics company, Craig had the opportunity to work in several different areas. His main project involved market research, both linear and exploratory. He was also able to participate in, and contribute to, investor meetings.
"The H2BB program has been incredible. Making a career change can be a difficult transition and OBIO helped connect me with a young company and an opportunity to develop my skills in a meaningful way."
How H2BB Works
OBIO H2BB candidates are pre-screened MBA and Masters-level recruits with STEM backgrounds who have the business development skills to add value to your company.
OBIO conducts a province-wide, customized search for talent that matches what your company needs right now.
OBIO sources industry experts who provide interns with coaching and mentorship and lead practical workshops on health science business activities, helping the interns deliver what you need quickly.
Supplementary OBIO H2BB Resources
OBIO’s staff can help finding wage subsidy programs for H2BB interns. H2BB interns can work with a member of the OBIO team, giving them skills to use database resources such as PitchBook. This allows them to conduct analyses on:
Market Size, Trends and Competitors
Investors based on past investment activity