our programs

Once approved, Accel-Rx works in partnership with each company to assess development gaps and determine each company’s programming needs followed by the creation of a milestone-based plan. The goal of our programs is to provide the necessary expertise, resources, training, and networking to accelerate your growth.


  • Mentoring
  • Advisors
  • Custom Plan


  • Financial resources
  • Supplier database
  • Discounted services


  • Panel Sessions
  • Pitch Coaching


  • Investor forums
  • Networking events
  • CEO Connect


Our support for entrepreneurs goes beyond funding. In 2018, we launched the Accel-Rx Mentor Program (AMP), a national mentor program that matches a team of seasoned industry executives with early-stage start-ups.

Studies show that when an entrepreneur with a promising idea is paired with a team of 3 to 4 mentors, the venture has a higher likelihood of success. Michael Midmer, CEO of Zucara Therapeutics Inc, and participating entrepreneur in the program says involvement in AMP has provided a unique sounding board. “I’d recommend the Accel-Rx Mentor Program to any CEO. The mentors chosen are excellent and the discussions provide for an open environment to talk through challenges in commercializing a technology.”


AMP helps take start-up ventures to the next level with wisdom and guidance from global health science leaders. With deep and diverse expertise in commercialization and business execution, these CEOs provide regular, objective advice and access to their extensive networks in a trusted and conflict-free environment.


Our mentors’ primary objective is to help the venture through their critical stages of development on an ongoing basis. There is no time limit to the program, and the composition of the mentor team can change according to the needs of the venture. Mentors and mentees are screened prior to acceptance into the program in order to ensure optimal fit for success.


Modeled after the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, the Accel-Rx Mentor Program is run independently from Accel-Rx’s investments and includes mentors from Canada and the United States.


For more information on the application and screening process Contact Us.

Meet Our Mentors

Behind every great leader is a mentor whose wisdom, knowledge, and experience made all the difference.

  • Mike Abrams

  • Eric Adams

  • Barry Allen

  • Norma Biln

  • Karen Boodram

  • Thomas R. Clary

  • Natalie Dakers

  • Udi Daon

  • Alistair Duncan

  • David N. Edwards

  • Janet Grove

  • Jennifer Hamilton

  • Doug Hansmann

  • Gabe Kalmar

  • David Main

  • Alexei Marko

  • Paul Torreggiani

Mike Abrams

Washington State

  • Executive Vice President & Chief Discovery Officer, Arbutus
  • Vice President, R&D and CIO, CDRD Ventures
  • President & CEO, Inimex
  • Executive Chairman, Indel Therapeutics
  • President & CEO, AnorMED

Eric Adams

British Columbia

  • President & CEO, InMed Pharmaceuticals
  • President & CEO, EnGene
  • Director, Oncology Market, QLT
  • Director, International Marketing, Advanced Tissue Sciences
  • Sr. Business Development Manager, Abbott Laboratories

Barry Allen

British Columbia

  • Associate, Creative Destruction Lab
  • Founder & CEO, Zolo Canada
  • Lead Mentor, BC Innovation Council / Acetech
  • Founder, Chairman, President & CEO, Urodynamix Technologies
  • Entrepreneur in Residence, Ventures West
  • President & CEO, VSM MedTech Ltd.

Norma Biln

British Columbia

  • CEO, Augurex Life Sciences Corp.
  • Business Development Consultant, Aspreva Pharmaceuticals
  • Director, Commercial Development, Stressgen Biotechnologies
  • District Manager, Abbott Laboratories

Karen Boodram

British Columbia

  • Entrepreneur in Residence, e@UBC
  • Director, CBO, CoMotion DDS
  • VP, Business Development, Sembiosis Genetics Inc.
  • Director External Affairs, Novartis Pharma
  • Manager & Project Manager, Health Economics, Ciba Pharma
  • Life Sciences Equity Analyst, PI Financial Corp.

Thomas R. Clary

Washington State

  • President & Principal Engineer, The Inception Group, LLC.
  • Co-founder & CEO, Microconnex Systems
  • Co-founder & CEO, Metron Systems
  • Co-founder & CEO, Advances Cochlear Systems
  • Founder & CEO, The Clary Company International
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Inception Group Real Estate, LLC
  • Manager of Transducer Engineering and Manufacturing, Siemens Medical

Natalie Dakers

British Columbia

  • President & CEO, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator
  • President & CEO, CDRD Ventures Inc.
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Neuromed Technologies Inc.
  • Senior Technology Transfer Manager, The University Industry Liaison Office, UBC

Udi Daon

British Columbia

  • Entrepreneur in Residence, UBC
  • Board Member, Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc.
  • Founder & CIO, Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc.

Alistair Duncan

British Columbia

  • President & CEO, viDA Therapeutics Inc.
  • Interim CFO, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.
  • President & CEO, Chromos Molecular Systems

David N. Edwards

Washington State

  • Interim CEO, CaligorRx
  • Vice President, East Asia, Alcon (Novartis company)
  • Corporate Vice President and President Asia Pacific, Bausch + Lomb
  • President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Diabetes Business Unit, Johnson & Johnson
  • Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • Managing Director, McNeil Nutritionals, Europe, Johnson & Johnson

Janet Grove

British Columbia

  • Managing Partner (Vancouver), Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Managing Partner, Bull Housser
  • Partner, Bull Housser & Tupper
  • Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary, QLT Inc.

Jennifer Hamilton

British Columbia

  • Senior Director, New Ventures (Canada), J&J Innovation
  • Secondment – J&J Global Community Impact, J&J Innovation
  • Member, Standing Committee on Ethics, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Doug Hansmann

Washington State

  • Director, Life Science Washington
  • Co-Founder & COO, EKOS Corporation
  • VP Research & Development, CDI Division, 3M Medical Products
  • Director of Research, Physio-Control, Eli Lilly & Company

Gabe Kalmar

British Columbia

  • Entrepreneur in Residence, entrepreneurship@UBC
  • Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovation Boulevard
  • Mentor In Residence, Venture Connection, Simon Fraser University
  • President & CEO, Pacific Autism Family Network
  • Management Consultant (Life Sciences), G&G Consulting
  • Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization, Genome BC

David Main

British Columbia

  • Chairman, President & CEO, Aquinox Pharmaceuticals
  • President, CEO and VP Corporate Development, Inex Pharmaceuticals
  • Vice President, QLT Inc.

Alexei Marko

British Columbia

  • Co-Founder, CEO and Director, Neovasc Inc.
  • President & Director, Medical Ventures Corp.
  • Founder & President, Angiometrx Inc.
  • Founder & President, Nexsten Therapeutics Inc.
  • Vice President, Delfi Medical Innovations Inc.

Paul Torreggiani

British Columbia

  • Director of Sales Western Canada, Roche Diagnostics, Roche
  • Regional Business Leader Western Canada, Medical Diagnostics, Roche
  • Director, CVG Western Canada, Medical Device, Medtronic
  • Regional Manager, CRDM Western Canada, Medical Device, Medtronic
  • BC Interior Area Manager, Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer


For Innovators

  • Diverse feedback from a range of perspectives
  • Targeted guidance to drive progress
  • Issue management and problem-solving in a supportive environment
  • Build network of expert knowledge connections
  • Invaluable career-long relationships
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For Mentors

  • Receive formal mentor training
  • Personal goal fulfillment through “giving back”
  • Enhance professional relationships and peer recognition through interactions with other mentors
  • Opportunity to evaluate peer-based career progress
  • Broaden knowledge of developments in other fields/technologies
  • Contribute to shaping future development of the sector
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If you have a strong desire to move your venture forward and it meets the following eligibility requirements, consider becoming part of our program.

  • Developing a therapeutic medical device or diagnostic
  • Incorporated in Canada
  • Seed stage or earlier
  • Dedicated team or champion in place
  • Open to advice with a strong desire to move to the next level
  • Can commit to attending 90-minute face-to-face meetings every eight weeks


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View our past events

  • OCTANe Medical Technology Innovation FOrum

    October 28 - 29 2019

    Newport Beach, CA

  • 8th Annual Interface Summit

    October 1 - 2 2019

    Vancouver, BC

  • 19th Annual New Ventures BC Competition Awards

    September 19 2019

    Vancouver, BC

  • Digital Therapeutics: The Marriage of Technology and Medicine

    June 5 2019

    Philadelphia, PA

  • LifeSciences BC Breakfast Symposium at BIO Philadelphia presented by Pfizer “How to Zig and Zag for Start-up Success”

    June 5 2019

    Philadelphia, PA

  • BIO International Convention 2019

    June 3 - 6 2019

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Bloom Burton Healthcare Investor Conference 2019

    April 30 - 1 2019

    Toronto, ON

  • Toronto Health Innovation Week

    April 1 - 5 2019

    Toronto, ON

OCTANe Medical Technology Innovation FOrum

October 28 - 29

Newport Beach, CA

From entrepreneurs to investors to C-Level executives in the region, OCTANe’s Medical Technology Innovation Forum is a leading event for innovation in Southern California’s medical technology hub. The theme this year is “Get Personal” as it relates to healthcare, including personalized medicine and personalized healthcare.

Click here to find out more

8th Annual Interface Summit

October 1 - 2

Vancouver, BC

The 2019 INTERFACE Summit is the 8th annual conference on the Future of Health. It is a two-day event created to engage, inform, inspire and connect the world’s digital health innovators. Attendees will enjoy inspirational talks; meet pioneers and practitioners of VR, AR, MR, XR; experience video games for health, talk with experts in AI, Precision Health and Digital Therapeutics; see demos of the latest technologies and interfaces; talk about the impact of tech and AI in healthcare, neuroethics and humanity; participate in investor pitches and education sessions; meet local and global investors who manage hundreds of millions in innovation funds; and network with some of the world’s best digital health innovators.

Click here to find out more

19th Annual New Ventures BC Competition Awards

September 19

Vancouver, BC

New Ventures BC will be hosting their 19th Annual New Ventures BC Competition Awards, presented by Innovate BC, where they will be presenting their 10 finalists & over $250,000 in cash and prizes at the awards.

Click here to find out more

Digital Therapeutics: The Marriage of Technology and Medicine

June 5

Philadelphia, PA

From patients to physicians and from payers to providers, the growth of the digital therapeutics industry will result in major impacts for all health care players.

What does this future look like? Find out how the marriage of technology and medicine will transform patient care and how you can navigate this new era.

Accel-Rx, Canada’s health sciences accelerator, is pleased to present a distinguished panel of experts for this important conversation on digital therapeutics. We hope you can join us for this free event.

Antoun Nabhan
Vice-President, Corporate Development
Pear Therapeutics

Rachel Sha
Vice President, Digital Business Development and Licensing

Megan Coder
Executive Director
Digital Therapeutics Alliance

Natalie Dakers
President and CEO

For more information about BIO 2019 and the Canada Pavilion, please visit:


Location: Canada Pavilion, BIO International Convention 2019, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Register via Eventbrite

LifeSciences BC Breakfast Symposium at BIO Philadelphia presented by Pfizer “How to Zig and Zag for Start-up Success”

June 5

Philadelphia, PA

Join us for a networking breakfast and panel discussions focused on Canadian start-ups with a specially invited audience of Canadian and international delegates from the 2019 BIO Conference. This event will feature a keynote presentation and panel discussion focusing on:

'How to Zig and Zag for Start-up Success - Strategies for Success in a Competitively Global Life Sciences Environment'

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. David H. Hsu
Richard A. Sapp Professor of Management, The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

John Helou
Pfizer Canada

Natalie Dakers
Founding President & CEO

Ella Korets-Smith
Founding CEO & Director

Dr. Alan Winter
Innovation Commissioner
Government of British Columbia

Frank Beraud
Chief Executive Officer
Montreal Invivo

Wendy Hurlburt
President & CEO
LifeSciences BC

Location: Le Méridien Philadelphia, 1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

Event Schedule:
8:00am - 8:30am: Hot buffet breakfast & networking
8:30am - 8:50am: Keynote Address
8:50am - 9:10am: Panel Discussion
9:10am - 9:20am: Panel Q&A
9:20am - 9:45am: Networking

Register via Eventbrite

BIO International Convention 2019

June 3 - 6

Philadelphia, PA

The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.

The 2019 BIO International Convention provides access to global biotech and pharma leaders via BIO One-on-One Partnering, exposure to industry though-leaders with over 500 education sessions, and networking opportunities with 16,000+ attendees from 74 countries.

Click Here to Find Out More and Register

Bloom Burton Healthcare Investor Conference 2019

April 30 - 1

Toronto, ON

Bloom Burton hosts its annual Healthcare Investor Conference in Toronto, Canada. Approximately 60 of Canada’s premier publicly-traded and venture-backed private companies come together with the most promising pre-venture start ups in the healthcare industry.

The event attracts Canadian, U.S. and International investors who are interested in the latest developments in Canadian healthcare companies. Investors have the opportunity to obtain corporate updates from presenting companies, and participate in our 1-on-1 meeting system with company management.

Learn more and register here.

Toronto Health Innovation Week

April 1 - 5

Toronto, ON

Where health means business. A thriving economy has always depended on the health of its people. Today, new innovations in healthcare are helping people live better lives and improving patient outcomes while making the healthcare industry more affordable and improving efficiencies. This is Canada’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and the health ecosystem. Hosted by MaRS and held across the Toronto region, Health Innovation Week allows participants to network, secure funding and learn from industry experts. This year, the conference’s many events focus on three key themes: innovation, investment and adoption.

Learn more and register here.


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