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Recording of live, 90-minute event featuring 3 distinguished academics / entrepreneurs discussing their Academic Spin-Out successes, adventures and insights.

Bill Walker describes launching four companies from within academia and from coaching dozens of academic startups. He will share the general principles he’s identified and some of the ways that academic ventures go off the rails.

Lori Arakaki shares insights and lessons from her just closed $4.6 Million in funding to develop the first cell O2 monitor for reducing organ failure as she describes Opticyte’s journey so far.

Dr. Magdy Younes draws upon his experience as a Canadian physician and researcher specializing in respirology and sleep medicine to share how an academic physician ended up being an inventor/entrepreneur? Spoiler alert: “It is not what you think”.

  • Behaviors and decisions that seem to be almost universally fatal for Academic Spin-Outs
  • How do I know if I have a good idea? • Should I leave my day job? • How can I find a “good” CEO to run my venture? • Where do I go to raise money?
  • Raising capital, grant strategies, relationship with university
  • Unique struggles that co-founders who are academics can face and need to overcome
Scott Phillips
CEO and Founder - StarFish Medical
Scott is a Chair of the LifeSciences British Columbia board, Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Pacific Awards Technology category, 2017 recipient of the VIATEC Technology Champion award, and volunteers with Junior Achievement, Entrepreneurs Organization, and University of British Columbia.
Dr. Magdy Younes
Co-founder, Cerebra Health
Born in Egypt 1939, Dr. Younes obtained his medical degree from Alexandria University. He immigrated to Canada in 1964 and obtained his clinical training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine, followed by a PhD in respiratory physiology, all at McGill University. He held academic appointments in the departments of Medicine at McGill, University of Texas, and University of Manitoba where he was Head of Respiratory Medicine and Director of the sleep laboratory.

Dr. Younes retired from full time academia in 2001 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Following “retirement”, he continued research on new methods for evaluating sleep disorders and is cofounder of Cerebra Health, a Winnipeg company which provides sleep services that utilize his advanced methods of sleep diagnosis. His research covered different aspects of respiratory medicine, critical care, and sleep medicine, and resulted in over 200 original peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as numerous patents. Among his inventions are the Winnipeg Ventilator, PAV, and the odds-ratio-product (ORP), an accurate measure of sleep depth.
Lori Arakaki, PhD
Co-founder and CEO, Opticyte
Lori co-founded Opticyte based on her groundbreaking PhD work on the core technology that makes the company unique and valuable. As CEO, she has successfully raised capital and secured substantial non-dilutive government grants.

Lori has been a researcher at the University of Washington for over 20 years. Her research has focused on developing multivariate spectral analysis techniques to noninvasively measure concentrations of components from biological optical spectra. She earned her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. Lori is passionate about seeing her work translated into the clinical setting to improve patient outcomes.
Bill Walker, PhD
Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship Duke University
Bill Walker is an inventor, serial entrepreneur, and educator. He has repeatedly invented solutions to unmet clinical needs and built companies to deliver those solutions. PocketSonics, acquired in 2014, developed the Sonic WindowTM, a compact, low-cost imaging platform to guide peripheral vascular access. HemoSonics, acquired in 2017, developed a comprehensive point of care in vitro diagnostic to determine the cause of critical bleeding and enable rapid, directed treatment. Over a 12 year period as a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, he built a world-class ultrasound research lab and co-created UVA’s undergraduate major in Biomedical Engineering. In 2016 he was named the Mattson Family Director of Entrepreneurship at Duke Engineering. In this role he coaches innovators and entrepreneurs, leads two major research projects, directs the A. James Clark Scholars Program, and is actively building new programs in education and entrepreneurship. Dr. Walker holds BSE and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Duke.
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