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Initially developed by leading healthcare organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, this event has grown into an international collaboration between Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.


The overarching goal of this combined scientific and investment pitch competition is to provide a platform that allows entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals at any level with the encouragement and incentive to identify, nurture, and pioneer innovations in the health system.


Throughout 2019, all involved partner sites hosted local innovation academies where the finalists from each of these events will compete in the 2021 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy.



The Global Healthcare Innovation Academy is a partnership event consisting of the following member organizations:

Unity Health Toronto is a Catholic health care organization providing compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care to all in need. Our vision reflects the aspirations of the hearts and minds of the people of Unity Health Toronto and the people in our care. This is a shared vision of the best possible experiences for those we serve. It is our commitment to care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. And, it emphasizes that the best care experiences will need to be created together. We advance excellence in health care through world-class education, research and innovation. Unity Health Toronto’s research teams relentlessly pursue some of the world’s toughest health care challenges. Their findings regularly improve the lives of people in Toronto and around the globe. From identifying new therapies to combat disease, to the development of artificial intelligence tools to improve health care delivery, Unity Health is a global leader in health research and innovation.

Unity Health Toronto is represented by Dr. Ori Rotstein and Dr. Erica Conte.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, The Geneva University Hospitals (Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève, HUG) were established in 1995. The organization comprises nine hospitals and more than eleven thousand staff members. Encompassing a variety of services and equipment, they are home to one of the most modern technical support centers in Europe, including 39 operating rooms, 2 surgical robots, 5 surgical navigation systems, 51 intensive care beds, and 43 medical imaging machines. Geneva University Hospitals are specialized in such areas as medical genetics, minimally invasive robotic surgery, chronic disease treatment, transplants, oncology, cardiology, and neurosciences.

HUG is represented by Dr. Didier Pittet and Aurelia Weber.

W21C is a health systems research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary's O'Brien Institute for Public Health and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. Our interdisciplinary team addresses health care needs through evidence-based practice, technology evaluation, and educational outreach—driving change in the health system to enhance patient safety and quality of care.

W21C is represented by Dr. John Conly and Jill de Grood.

The School of Nursing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. It is a diverse community of clinicians and scholars pursuing both academic and practical excellence in nursing and healthcare services. The School of Nursing is home to three cutting edge laboratories: 1) the Clinical Skills Laboratory, which is furnished and equipped as a complete hospital to provide realistic practice environments; 2) Specialty Laboratories, which hold units incorporating traditional Chinese medicinal nursing, a mental health nursing laboratory, gerontological nursing lab and a herbal medicine learning center; 3) the Integrative Health Clinic which is a nurse led centre researching clinical decision making and the integration of Western and Eastern healthcare modalities.

Hong Kong Polytechnic Unviersity is represented by Professor Alex Molassiotis.

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