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VANTEC meeting - Investing in Life Sciences and Healthtech

01 Jun 2022
2:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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 Life Sciences and HealthTech


The June VANTEC event will feature thought leaders who will provide some insights into the trends and future of the life and health sciences sector, followed by presentations from life sciences and healthtech companies. Join us for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches, and networking.

Thank you to our event partner and sponsor: Nimbus Synergies.


Nimbus Synergies leads early-stage financing in innovative and complementary digital health companies in British Columbia. By bringing these companies together to share resources, industry specific knowledge, and relationships, Nimbus is accelerating their growth and increasing their likelihood of success.





Registration & Networking 2:30pm

Random networking between founders and investors.


Presentation: Investing in Life Sciences & Healthtech 3:00pm

The future for the Life Sciences sector
Overview of the trends in the life sciences and healthtech sectors.  How does the convergence of different technologies impact this sector? 
Presenter: Wendy Hurlburt | President & CEO, LifeSciences BC  Wendy is a senior executive who brings more than 20 years of global finance, operations and compliance leadership experience in healthcare and technology sectors, has held leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson, the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Lexmark International. Wendy has a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, MBA from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from the Sauder School of Executive Education, University of British Columbia.


Investing in a sector with converging technologies
How does this changing landscape in the life sciences affect Investment?  

Presenter: Jason Robertson | VP Investments, Nimbus Synergies Inc.  Jason leverages over 20 years of experience as a health and technology executive, entrepreneur,mentor, and investor. He is the co-founder and Vice President of Investments at Nimbus Synergies, which leads early-stage financings in innovative and complementary health technology companies in British Columbia.  Prior to founding Nimbus, Jason led Business Operations for Aquinox Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for M&A, licensing, IP, contracts, and, outsourcing and relationship management. He was integrally involved in the company’s raising of more than $60M in VC financing, successful NASDAQ IPO, as well as a $155 million partnership with Astellas Pharma. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors of Alavida Health, Claris Healthcare, LifeBooster, and Zennea Technologies.


Panel 3:20pm

Moderator: Wendy Hurlburt | President & CEO, LifeSciences BC


Jason Robertson | VP Investments, Nimbus Synergies Inc.

Geof Auchinleck | Co-Founder & CEO, Claris Healthcare Inc. | Geof has 35 years of experience in the medical device startups field. He has worked on surgical robotics, joint implants, minimally invasive surgery, lab automation and blood transfusion management.  Most recently he co-founded Claris Healthcare to develop a platform for the delivery of care into the home – including social isolation prevention, remote patient monitoring and coaching for recovery from surgery. Geof is active in the Vancouver community through Creative Destruction Labs, the Medical Device Development Centre and the boards of several medical device companies.

Anthony Fejes | Co-Founder & CEO, HTuO Biosciences | Anthony is a bioinformatician and entrepreneur with experience in startup companies, developing successful business models and technology development. His company, HTuO Biosciences, is focused on disrupting small molecule drug optimization processes for traditional targets, with the long-term goal of applying their platform towards the development of therapeutic molecules for targets that are currently considered "undruggable.” 


Investor Meeting 4:00pm




VANTEC Life Sciences Meeting (online) Wednesday, June 1
Keiretsu Forum Vancouver Chapter Meeting (online) Tuesday, June 7

VANTEC Community Social & Company Deep Dive (in person) Wednesday, June 8
Angel Forum: Summit on the Mountain (in person) Friday, June 10
VANTEC Meeting (online) Wednesday, July 6


New Ventures BC: Exit Strategy Wednesday, June 1
Webcouv3r & AngelForum: DAO NIGHT Wednesday, June 1
TiE Vancouver: Demo Day Thursday, June 9
Foresight Canada: Unlocking Cleantech Opportunities Tuesday-Wednesday, June 14-15

Company Presentations 4:15pm

Companies can apply to pitch here and are recommended to attend one or more of the pitch circuit events to practice their pitch. The presenting companies will be announced 2 weeks prior to the meeting.


UPDATES (90 seconds)

Arbutus Medical | Medical Devices and Equipment | Gust | Committed to simplifying orthopedic surgery, we provide safe, reliable, high quality and affordable surgical tools worldwide.

Claris Healthcare Inc. | Healthcare Services | Gust | One platform for delivering remote care to seniors at home.

Amphoraxe Life Sciences Inc. | Biotechnology | Gust | We develop alternatives to conventional antibiotics to replace ineffective or restricted drugs. Our beachhead market is poultry farming applications.

Network Immunology Inc. | Biotechnology | Gust | Our breakthrough treatment is AbstimX which we believe has the possibility to be a Cure for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) in humans.

PREVIEWS (90 seconds)

Proteic Bioscience Inc. | Biotechnology | Gust | We use our AI-driven platform to design and generate novel therapeutic molecules.

Apricell Biotechnology Inc. | Biotechnology | Gust | Realistic cancer models for improved drug development.

Oak Bay Biosciences, Inc. | Biotechnology | Gust | Developing a potentially definitive therapy in an orphan pediatric blinding disease with a potential for worldwide annual sales >$1BLN. 

4M BioTech | Medical Devices and Equipment | Gust | GelDerm is an infection detection wound dressing that notifies patients and caregivers when a wound becomes infected.

IUVOX | Healthcare Services | Gust | VioWave reduces the risk of airborne disease transmission in dental operatories by autonomously dosing Far-UVC during routine aerosol-generating procedures.

Proton Intelligence Inc. | Healthcare Services | Gust | We are developing the first continuous wearable potassium monitor to help treat people with kidney disease and heart failure; first use case dialysis patients.


VoxCell BioInnovation | Biotechnology | Gust | Human-like Vascularized Cancer Tissue Models.

PrecisionOS Technology Inc. | Education | Gust | Immersive transferable skills to drive safe medical device adoption towards improved patient outcomes.

Zennea Technologies Inc. | Medical Devices and Equipment | Gust | Zennea is a healthcare company that has developed proven treatment and management tools for mild obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.

Implant Genius | Healthcare Services | Gust |  Implant Genius is a AI-Based Dental Marketplace that revolutionizes dentistry and patient treatments.


Founder & Investor Networking 5:30pm-6:00pm

General networking in the common room. Dedicated Q&A breakout rooms with full presentation founders, their investor sponsor and investors in 2 x 10-minute cycles, followed by 5-minute cycles of random founder & investor networking until the end of the VANTEC meeting.



Investor Deep Dives & VANTEC Community Social - June 8

Deep dives 3-4pm (in person & online)

Deep Dives offer founders who gave a full presentation the opportunity to invite investors for a conversation and deep dive online or in-person. Investors can sign up for the deep dives by emailing the founders for an invitation. We have reserved meeting rooms at SFU VentureLabs downtown. This is an invitation only meeting for companies and investors. 

VoxCell BioInnovation 
Implant Genius 

PrecisionOS Technology 

Zennea Technologies 



VANTEC Community Social 4-6pm (in person only)

We're excited to get back together again and we plan to host monthly founder and funder networking at SFU VentureLabs over drinks and bites. This is ticketed event that includes appies and 2 drink tickets. Early Bird tickets only $10.

Attendance is free to VANTEC members and the companies that presented today.




You can sign up for the following investor deep dives by emailing the founders for an invitation.


Pitch Videos & Investor Packages

The recorded pitch videos, company presentations and investor packages, including more details on the team, financials and other documents are available HERE to VANTEC members (must be logged in to view).


NOTE: In our effort to share the pitches and presentations beyond our venue for a bigger impact we will record some of our events and make them available online.

By attending this event, you consent to the use of photography/video/audio in all forms of media, for any and all promotional purposes including advertising, display, audiovisual, exhibition or editorial use by VANTEC Angel Network without payment or other compensation.


01 Jun 2022
2:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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