October 4, 2023
Meet the nominees of McMaster’s Innovation Showcase awards
Meet the nominees of McMaster’s Innovation Showcase awards

McMaster’s high innovators shall be celebrated at this 12 months’s Innovation Showcase, going down Thursday, November 10th at McMaster Innovation Park. The nominees for Innovator of the 12 months award and Lifetime Innovator award have made excellent contributions of their fields of analysis and have reworked their discoveries into start-ups and applied sciences with nationwide and international impression.

Study extra concerning the nominees beneath and register for McMaster’s 12th annual Innovation Showcase to assist us rejoice the nominees and winners!

Innovator of the 12 months

The Innovator of the 12 months award acknowledges excellent success in analysis innovation.

Headshot of Gina Agarwal.
College of Well being Sciences.

Gina Agarwal

Gina Agarwal is the founding father of CP@clinic – Canada’s main evidence-based neighborhood paramedicine wellness program. CP@clinic is a continual illness prevention, administration and well being promotion program that seeks to enhance older adults’ well being and high quality of life by higher connecting them with major care and neighborhood sources.


Headshot of Frances Lasowski.
College of Engineering.

Frances Lasowski

Frances Lasowski is co-founder and CEO of 20|20 OptimEyes Applied sciences – a biotechnology start-up that has patented a mucoadhesive micelle expertise for remedy of Glaucoma and dry eye illness. Lasowski can also be Government Director of the C20/20 Innovation Hub and an Innovation Coach with the MDG Well being ICE program.


Headshot of Jakob Magolan.
College of Well being Sciences.

Jakob Magolan

Jakob Magolan’s analysis paved the way in which for Naturally Artificial – a biomedical start-up that’s utilizing Magolan’s novel artificial chemistry expertise to develop new medicines. Magolan can also be collaborating with Sheila Singh and adMare BioInnovations to develop a brand new focused remedy for stopping metastases in sufferers with mind most cancers.


Headshot of Sandra Moll.
College of Well being Sciences.

Sandra Moll

Sandra Moll is the Principal Investigator of Past Silence – a set of sources custom-made for healthcare employees which can be designed to advertise psychological well being help for healthcare employees and psychological well being and security in healthcare workplaces.



Headshot of Sumanth Shankar.
College of Engineering.

Sumanth Shankar

In collaboration with business companion Nemak and the federal authorities’s CanmetMATERIALS Know-how Laboratory, Sumanth Shankar is main analysis and growth on Nemalloy – a novel aluminum alloy that may cut back the burden of automobiles to avoid wasting gasoline, cut back prices, enhance effectivity and contribute to a extra sustainable automotive future.


Headshot of Leyla Soleymani.
College of Engineering.

Leyla Soleymani

Leyla Soleymani’s biomedical analysis has shaped the premise of 9 invention disclosures prior to now two years. In collaboration with Tohid Didar, Soleymani has developed a pathogen-repellent expertise that’s being dropped at market by way of the start-up FendX Applied sciences Inc.


Headshot of Boyang Zhang.
College of Engineering.

Boyang Zhang

Boyang Zhang is co-founder of OrganoBiotech – a start-up based mostly on Zhang’s IFlowPlate expertise that’s accelerating drug discovery. Tutorial scientists, analysis organizations and drug corporations use the expertise to supply a wide range of advanced preclinical fashions for high-throughputs precision drug screening.



The Lifetime Innovator award acknowledges career-spanning achievements in analysis innovation.

Headshot of Ali Emadi.
College of Engineering.

Ali Emadi

Ali Emadi is founder, president and CEO of Enedym Inc. and MenloLab Inc. – two McMaster spin-off corporations. Enedym is powering a brand new paradigm within the electrical motor business by way of novel switched reluctance motor (SRM) drive applied sciences and MenloLab is connecting engineers throughout the globe by way of safe Cloud knowledge sharing.


Headshot of Brian Lichty.
College of Well being Sciences.

Brian Lichty

Brian Lichty is co-founder of Turnstone Biologics – a start-up that’s translating Lichty’s novel viral vaccine immunotherapies to oncology. Lichty can also be director of the Robert E. Fitzhenry Vector Lab at McMaster, the place medical grade viral vaccines are manufactured for human medical trials.


Headshot of Peter Rosenbaum.
College of Well being Sciences.

Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum is co-founder of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Incapacity Analysis – a well being system-linked analysis unit now acknowledged worldwide for its analysis and dissemination actions. Rosenbaum’s framework for baby growth has been adopted globally to show clinicians and households the significance of a strengths-based method to baby growth.


Headshot of Heather Sheardown.
College of Engineering.

Heather Sheardown

Heather Sheardown has a world repute for her analysis on ophthalmic biomaterials, together with her modern work on the event of recent supplies for synthetic cornea and ophthalmic drug supply. She is the Scientific Director of C20/20 Innovation Hub and holds a number of patents, together with 20/20 OptimEyes Applied sciences’ mucoadhesive micelle expertise for the remedy of Glaucoma and dry eye illness.

Headshot of Sheila Singh.
College of Well being Sciences.

Sheila Singh

Sheila Singh is a chief pediatric neurosurgeon at McMaster Kids’s Hospital and scientific founding father of Empirica Therapeutics – a start-up mind most cancers therapeutics firm acquired by Century Therapeutics in 2020. Singh is at present working with Jakob Magolan and adMare BioInnovations to develop a focused remedy for mind most cancers that may kind the premise of a brand new start-up firm.


Headshot of John Connolly.
College of Humanities.

John Connolly

John Connolly is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of VoxNeuro – a start-up firm that analyzes brain-based biomarkers to evaluate cognitive perform and develop applied sciences that may advance mind well being.




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