Careers in Entrepreneurship


Date - 27/01/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Room 2172, Medical Sciences Building, Medical Sciences Building, Toronto, Ontario

Thinking about starting your own biotech company? Looking for ways to get involved in the start-up space?

LSCDS is offering a very exciting opportunity to learn about careers in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship and Innovation!

5:50 – 6:00 pm  Registration
6:00 – 6:05 pm  Welcome remarks and guest introductions
6:05 – 7:05 pm   Guest presentations
7:05 – 7:30 pm   Collective Q & A
7:30 – 8:00 pm   Networking

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172, 1 King’s College Cir, Toronto

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Ralph Christian Delos Santos, PhD

Ralph Christian Delos Santos is a co-founder of BioFect Innovations—a Toronto-based synthetic biology startup striving to leverage yeast as a platform to produce high value compounds. Christian is an alumnus of Ryerson University where he received his BSc (Hons.) in Biology in 2012. He then pursued a PhD degree in Molecular Science at Ryerson University, where he studied the molecular basis of ‘endocytosis’—a cellular process by which materials enter the cell. During his graduate studies, Christian developed his skills as a researcher and was inspired to apply his scientific training to real-world problems, co-founding BioFect in 2017. He obtained his PhD in 2018 and is also currently working as a genetics consultant at Lifelabs Genetics, providing technical support for novel genetic testing products. Outside of science, Christian enjoys playing the guitar, reading and weightlifting.

Firhan Malik, PhD

Dr. Firhan Malik (Ph.D.‘ 2014, U of T) currently works as a Management Consultant at Qral Group, a US-based healthcare consulting firm. At Qral Group, Firhan works with private and public biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on projects ranging from competitive intelligence to market research to commercial operations. His projects have hit the spectrum of traditional pharmaceuticals through leading-edge novel therapeutics, like cell and gene therapy. Prior to Qral Group, Firhan worked with early-stage life sciences companies, serving in advisory roles and investor discussions. Firhan has also led scientific due diligence and helped pharmaceutical clients complete acquisition and licensing deals at a Toronto-based boutique healthcare consulting firm. Firhan has over 10+ years of experience in academic research, and conducted his graduate student research in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. He primarily studied cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disease, and congestive heart failure in the renowned medical research institutions the Hospital for Sick Children, the Heart and Stroke Richard Lewar Center in Excellence, and the MaRS Discovery District. Firhan has extensive knowledge in the use of novel therapeutics (e.g., orphan drugs) in cell models and the scale-up of these therapeutics into animal models. Before coming to Toronto, he was the lead investigator of a large-scale Northern Ontario human health study that assessed the relationships between heavy metal concentrations in human hair samples, the environment, nutrition, and chronic diseases. Firhan was featured on the CBC for his work on this important research. Firhan received his BSc. (Honours) in Biochemistry from Laurentian University, and his MSc. in Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Toronto. His work has been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

Fiona Bergin, MSc

Fiona Bergin is the program manager at the Health Innovation Hub (H2i). The goal at H2i is to grow a local culture, practice and infrastructure to translate health care or life science discoveries and ideas into problem solving designs, services and products by connecting people with mentors, resources, researchers, key opinion leaders and professionals to help them translate, defuse and scale discoveries. Using this model, we are currently helping over 120 ventures commercialize their health innovations, running over 60 events per year and providing over 800 mentorship hours for H2i companies. Fiona has an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from Western University and a Masters in Molecular Genetics from The University of Toronto.



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