Biomedical Innovation Night

by | Feb 18, 2021 | Jewish Life at Ryerson | 0 comments

Four years ago, a dedicated group of Jewish student leaders from Hillel Ryerson founded Biomed-IN, a program focussed on providing Canadian students and young professionals a global perspective of biomedical innovation, from around the world, including Israel, while connecting them directly with Toronto-based companies and researchers.

Now, more than triple in size, this initiative garnered some 150 attendees, and benefited from an invaluable partnership with Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Science, and the Ryerson Science Society. Collaborations such as this serve to foster a greater sense of interconnectedness between the Jewish community on campus, and university infrastructure – and ultimately create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for supporters of Israel on campus.

I first attended Biomedical Innovation Night (Biomed-IN) last year, which was the third year since its creation. It was a wonderful opportunity to network with industry professionals unlike any other I had encountered throughout my time as an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student at Ryerson. I also learned invaluable information about following one’s goals and the startup ecosystem and future of healthcare in Israel and Canada. I left the conference feeling inspired and motivated about the change and influence I could take part in, and excited about my future in the Biomedical field.

This year, I knew I had to apply to be part of the student-led team that brought such an amazing event to life! I had an incredible experience working with the other team members to create a one of a kind learning and networking experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope to be a part of the team for years to come, and I am so eager to watch Biomed-IN grow and continue to impact undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and alumni from Unity Health and Ryerson University.”Ravital, Hillel Ryerson

Hillel Ryerson is proud to continue to support this incredible program, and we look forward to sharing in its continued success for many years to come.

For more information on the Biomed-IN, you can visit their website here.

Dear First Year Me

Dear First Year Me

Dear First Year Noa,

Here are 10 things you should know upon entering your first year of university.

  1. That other new student sitting beside you in class? They’re just as nervous as you are! Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, and hopefully make a new friend. You can never have enough people to exchange notes with, especially around finals.
  2. Get to know your professors! Just saying hello and thank you at the beginning and end of class is a great way to start. Let them help you do your best, and build that relationship in case you have any problems during the semester. They’re also a great resource when you start exploring what you want to do after you graduate – it happens faster than you think!
  3. That class you’re thinking about skipping? Don’t do it. Get in the habit, from the beginning, of thinking about university as the job you have to do now – you’re a student! You wouldn’t want to skip out on work, don’t skip out on school.
  4. Don’t be afraid to use your connections! University is the best time to start working on those networking skills – your new friends and profs will be more than happy to be part of your journey.
  5. Thinking about studying abroad? Do it! Take this chance to explore a new place, culture and language, with the added bonus of an awesome support structure at your host university.
  6. Get involved! That can be anything from attending an event or joining a planning committee. There are so many amazing organizations both on and off campus who are looking for someone with the skills only you have. Show them what you’ve got!
  7. You know how great pulling an all-nighter looks in movies? It’s almost never worth it. Keeping on top of your workload won’t always be easy, but maybe skip that party the week you have something big due. An amazing teacher of mine once said, better to keep up than to catch up. It’s even more true in university!
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You aren’t the first person to be  starting university, and you won’t be the last. Learn from the people around you, practice your writing and learn how to reference – it’s a skill you won’t regret.
  9. Not quite sure where you’re heading with your degree (or your life)? Find someone who you look up to! It doesn’t even have to be in the industry you think you’re interested in. People are more generous with their time than you might think – reach out! Worst case scenario, you don’t hear back but in the best case, you get a coffee with someone awesome and you can learn about how they got where they are.
  10. Most importantly, remember how lucky you are to be here! Though it may not always feel that way (read: tests and papers), enjoy this amazing opportunity to totally immerse yourself in your learning, and be a little selfish!
Outstanding Networking Event

Outstanding Networking Event

On March 7th, Hillel Ryerson hosted an outstanding networking event focused on showcasing Israel’s advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. About 45 students, 10 professors and employers as well as many other guests attended the event at the MAC Alumni Lounge. I planned this event as part of my Israel engaged campus internship this year.

Collaborating with the Ryerson Career Centre, the purpose of the event was to expose students studying biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, and medical physics to the numerous opportunities they have as undergraduate students. In addition, the event was tailored to promote and educate students on the monumental impact Israeli biomedical innovation has on the world. The featured guest was Eliav Shaked, an Israeli-Canadian entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. He gave an incredible keynote presentation starting off with his journey as an army medic in the IDF and why he chose to study biomedical engineering and not medicine. His answer was, “As a doctor, you can only save one life at a time, while as a biomedical engineer, you can affect the lives of millions”. After getting his undergrad and master’s of biomedical engineering at Tel Aviv University and working for various Israeli start-ups, he was motivated to do more. In 2016, he received an invitation by Singularity University to participate in a program with 50 other entrepreneurs around the globe. The goal of the program was to motivate entrepreneurs to help 1 billion people in 10 years. He was coached day in and day out by global innovation leaders such as executives from Google and Microsoft. Motivated by the program, Eliav set out to launch his own revolutionary start-up company called Retispec. Located in the Ryerson biomedical zone at St. Michael’s Hospital, Retispec is currently developing an optical scanner that will diagnose Alzheimer’s years before symptoms emerge! Topping off his presentation, Eliav compared Israel’s and Canada’s biomedical industries. By outlining the chutzpa of Israeli entrepreneurs, he explained how Israel, although so small, attracts 1.5x more venture capital funding yearly than all of Canada!

Research, summer internship, biomedical graduate programs, and many more opportunities were showcased at the event. The presentations were followed by a professional networking fair that provided students the opportunity to connect with the professors and employers they were interested in.

Overall, the event was a successful night of discussing Israeli biomedical innovation, discovering new opportunities, and networking with industry and academia professionals. Because of all the positive feedback received, I plan to create a committee to host a similar Hillel event next year!

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