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Partnering with NRC in Health Networking Breakfast

May 17 @ 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Networking breakfast hosted by LifeSciences BC and NRC

Six NRC representatives from NRC’s Medical devices groups and NRC-IRAP will be in town to meet with Vancouver companies and find out more about your needs.

Join us to discover how our experts, technologies, and state-of the-art facilities can contribute to your medtech product development!

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Event Details: 
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00pm – Please see Event Agenda Below
Location: National Research Council – 4250 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver

Event Agenda:

9.30AM: Coffee & Muffins

10.00AM: Research and technology solutions for advanced medical devices. Jean-Francois Houle, General Manager, Medical Devices. Research and technology solutions for advanced medical devices: NRC’s Medical devices business services answers our clients’ needs and provide made-to-order R&D solutions. We offer direct access to advanced scientific infrastructure and expertise in medical devices technology development in specific market segments.

10.10AM: World-leading expertise and facilities for lab-on-a-chip technology. Teodor Veres, Functional Nanomaterial’s Group Leader Polymer-Based Bio-Analytical Micro-Nano Devices: NRC is home to unique equipment and knowledge in the design and fabrication of polymeric micro and nano devices. Using technologies such as hot-embossing nanoimprint lithography and microinjection moulding, NRC has all the facilities to create fully-functional lab-on-a-chip systems.

10.35 AM: Experts in medical photonics and radio frequency technologies. Scott King, Non-invasive and minimally-invasive medical devices’ Group Leader Radiofrequency & Photonics Technologies: NRC’s scientists and engineers have extensive experience in RF electronics, magnetic resonance, optical sensing, imaging, spectroscopy and software integration. Our experts have designed and developed prototypes and brought them into clinical use in jurisdictions governed by Health Canada and the FDA.

10.55AM: Globally recognized expertise in interactive simulation. Robert DiRaddo, Section Head of the Simulation and Digital Health. Supporting the digital healthcare revolution: With a proven track record in the development and deployment of real-time simulation with the most recent, the NeuroVR, the world’s premiere neurosurgical skills interactive simulator, NRC Simulation and Digital Health can help your organization address technological needs for products throughout the spectrum of healthcare delivery; training, diagnosis, surgery, intervention, rehabilitation, wellness and performance.

11.20AM: Leveraging 30 years of expertise in material science. Louis-Phillippe Lefebvre, Implantable biocompatible materials ‘s Group Leader Supporting the development of your next-generation implantable devices: Drawing from our 15 years’ experience in biomedical material research and technology, NRC offers its clients access to state of the art laboratory and production scale equipment that can bring your ideas from proof of concept to prototyping, then through testing and validation.

11.45AM: Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). Paul A. Barran, Ph.D., Industrial Technology Advisor Financing and advice for Canadian SMEs in health: For nearly 70 years, NRC-IRAP has been stimulating wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation by providing technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises at all stages of the innovation process. Our mandate is to help you to identify and understand technology issues and opportunities and provides linkages to the best business and R&D expertise in Canada.

12.15PM: Sandwich Lunch and Networking


Jean-Francois Jean-François Houle, General Manager, Medical Devices

Dr. Houle holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. He joined the NRC as Director of Research and Development for the Medical Devices Portfolio in June 2014 and is now holding the General Manager position since March 2017.

Teodor Veres Teodor Veres, Functional Nanomaterial’s Group Leader

Dr. Veres is a Senior Research Officer and Group Leader at NRC Life Sciences Division. He also holds adjunct professor positions in McGill Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering departments, Laval University Medical School and INRS-EMT.

Robest DiRaddo Robert DiRaddo, Section Head of the Simulation and Digital Health

Robert DiRaddo obtained his Ph.D in Engineering from McGill University.  He then worked in the private sector for two large petrochemical multinationals. Robert joined NRC in the early 1990s and worked in client-driven research on industrial materials. 

Louis-Phillippe LefebvreLouis-Philippe Lefebvre, Implantable biocompatible materials ‘s Group Leader

Louis-Philippe Lefebvre obtained a degree in physical engineering from Laval University in 1992 and a Master degree in Materials Science from the Montreal Polytechnique in 1994. 

Paul Barran Paul Barran, Ph.D., Industrial Technology Advisor, Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Paul Barran received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of British Columbia and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Biology from the University of Waterloo. He served as the Program Head of the Biotechnology Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (1987-2003) where he developed both the original Diploma and Joint UBC/BCIT Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.

For more information, please contact: 
Irma Zukic, LifeSciences BC 
604-669-9909 ext 1 


May 17
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Event Category:


LifeSciences BC


National Research Council (NRC)
4250 Wesbrook
Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5 Canada
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