Innovation Boulevard Launched as Western Canada’s First HealthTech Accelerator
April 18, 2017
Pictured from left to right: Carl Anderson – President and CEO of British Columbia Innovation Council; Dr. Peter Payne – President and CEO of Innovation Boulevard; Honourable Amrik Virk – Minister of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen’s Services; Nathalie Le Prohon – Vice President, Healthcare Industry at IBM Canada; Dino Trevisani – President of IBM Canada
Surrey, BC – April 17, 2017 – Innovation Boulevard, led by Dr. Peter Payne, joins British Columbia Innovation Council’s province wide acceleration network to help solve major challenges in health care across BC and around the world.
April 6th marked the celebrated launch of Innovation Boulevard, British Columbia’s first HealthTech Accelerator, and the first of it’s kind in Western Canada. Located in Central City, Surrey, Innovation Boulevard focuses on the commercialization of health technologies through collaborations with industry, academia, and innovators.
“As an important goal of the #BCTECH Strategy, we’re creating conditions to support and enable the province’s more than 300 biopharmaceutical and health tech companies to continue to grow and diversify,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen’s Services. “Innovation Boulevard will bring together partners in the health tech sector to create new and powerful solutions to some of Canada’s biggest health challenges.”
Going forward, Innovation Boulevard, along with IBM Canada and BCIC, will provide access to leading-edge disruptive technology and computing platforms, and facilitate skills such as design thinking, intellectual capital sharing, and marketing. This accelerator will help connect innovators with enterprise clients and global markets, as well as to a broader ecosystem of centres across Canada and around the world. It’s strategic collaboration with IBM Canada will also give member companies access to IBM’s disruptive technologies such as IBM Cloud platform, as well as IBM Watson services to address big data challenges such as data analysis, population health trends, and medical resource management.
“We will implement demand-driven innovation supported by our unique partnership with IBM’s innovation platform, to accelerate the development and time to market of new ideas from BC-based medical technology companies” says Dr. Peter Payne, President and CEO of Innovation Boulevard. “We have the talent here [in BC], and now with this marvellous partnership with IBM Canada, our local organizations will have the tools to help make sense of the data to improve healthcare delivery.”