Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Build2Scale Healthfounders of cleanslate uv, a hospital-grade sanitization device 99.995% effective against SARS-cov-2

Are you and a team developing an entrepreneurial venture in health innovation? The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre can provide your team with the mentorship, network, and financial support you need to succeed.

The founders of Cleanslate UV (pictured right) developed a hospital-grade sanitization device 99.995% effective against SARS-cov-2 (2014 cohort).

Who is Build2Scale Health for?

We are looking for entrepreneurial teams who are responding to unmet needs in the health sector. Drawing inspiration from the WHO Health Innovation Group definition of health innovation, we are searching for teams who want to “develop and deliver new or improved health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services and delivery methods that improve people’s health.” If your team is looking to create distinctive value in the health sector in the form of improved efficiency, effectiveness, quality, safety and/or affordability, this program is for you. We are accepting teams who are working on innovations in preventive, promotive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and/or assistive care.

Program Details

May 10- August 27, 2021

  • Apply as a team.
  • Participants in the program will receive a stipend of $7000 each (maximum 3 stipends available per team.)
  • Opportunities to compete for dedicated health innovation seed funding prizes and a grand prize of up to $30,000.
  • Learn from esteemed faculty, entrepreneurs, and business strategists in DDQIC's network who have experience in health innovation.
  • Access a curated network of mentors and grow your network in healthcare.
  • Participate in foundational entrepreneurship training including topics like design thinking, customer discovery, and systems thinking with healthcare-related examples.
  • Access legal and IP strategy support from legal professionals.
  • Early stage ideas are welcome!


The program will allow you to hold flexible hours and work on your venture at your own pace, but we encourage all teams to take full advantage of program opportunities. The program is scheduled from May 10 – August 27, 2021 and includes a live two-week bootcamp, weekly live online training sessions, and weekly update pitches with a community of entrepreneurs and program coaches. Participants can attend as many live sessions as they are able to or watch all content on-demand at their own pace.

The program begins May 10, 2021 with a full time online bootcamp from May 10-23, 2021 including the May 21-23, 2021 weekend.


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Allison Turner is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder and Director of Product Development at PnuVax Incorporated. Since founding PnuVax in 2008, Allison has held academic research and teaching appointments, and enjoys ongoing engagement with her local startup communities. She is a development engineer by training and has an MASc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Allison currently leads the PnuVax R&D team with a focus on scale-up and lean biomanufacturing of more affordable products to prevent infectious diseases. In response to the 2020 pandemic, Allison and her team pivoted and are now working to develop lower cost COVID-19 products for distribution worldwide.

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Dr. Dirk Rodenburg is an Educational Consultant with the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Term Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Engineering's Department of Chemical Engineering. He has twenty years of experience as an software entrepreneur within academia, educational technology, financial services, biotechnology and scientific instruments. Dirk's research interests include human performance, expertise, cognition, real time data analytics, data feedback, human-computer interaction and ethics and privacy. Dirk holds an MA in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the Faculty of Information from the University of Toronto.

Shari Hughson

Shari Hughson has led a unique and unconventional life. She has been an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, social innovator and extreme adventurer. She started her first business at the age of 25 and won CIBC Entrepreneur of the Year before the age of 30. Shari has been a founding member in four more companies, two great learning opportunities (aka failures) and two ongoing scaling tech and data driven health businesses. Shari created a social innovation program in mental well-being that won a National Honour from the First Nations Health Authority of Canada. She is currently the Director of the Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.

Anton Toutov

Anton Toutov, PhD (ArtSci ’11) is the Founder and Chief Science Officer at Fuzionaire and Fuzionaire Diagnostics — VC-funded chem-tech start-ups with operations in the US, Canada, and Japan. He holds a number of other appointments, including Senior Technical Adviser to the Gates Foundation-backed Medicines for All Institute (M4All); Co-Founder of Astra Navigation; Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and IAB member at the Queen’s Chemistry Innovation Council (QCIC). Anton has authored 10 scholarly, peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on over 60 patents. He has written for outlets such as Wired, TNW, and The Conversation on a range of topics, including drug discovery, quantum computing, and immunology. His research has been spotlighted by NASA, Nature magazine, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and the National Science Foundation. Anton holds a BSc in chemistry from Queen’s and a PhD in organic chemistry from Caltech, working under Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs.

Colin Harding

Colin Harding is an Associate at Brand Project. Before joining BrandProject, Colin was the co-founder and CEO of Iris Technologies, a medical technology company focused on improving the lives of brain injury and concussion patients. Colin ran the business full time through a successful seed round, granted US patent, successful (and published) clinical trial at the Toronto Western Hospital, and the launch of the Iris Monitor- selling the product to customers such as IBM, Yale University, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Iris Technologies was acquired by Accelera Medtech Canada. Colin graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and was also a part of several entrepreneurship programs including: QICSI, Next Canada, and the Biomedical Zone (DMZ).

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Alexandra Boasie is currently the Manager of Surgical Clinical Transformation for the largest surgical program in Canada – the Sprott Department of Surgery at University Health Network – where she drives system improvements and innovations in care delivery. Alexandra is an experienced healthcare leader with experience working in both hospital and policy sectors and is passionate and committed to providing exceptional patient care. She has experience in strategy development, program management, operational effectiveness, quality improvement and technology implementation. Alexandra earned a Master of Science and a Masters of Business at Queen's University..

Balaji Gopalan

Balaji Gopalan is the Co-Founder and CEO at MedStack, an-out-of-the-box privacy compliance solution for digital health companies. Prior to that, he launched BlackBerry's BBM service globally and led platform strategy at D2L, Nymi and EventMobi. Balaji is an expert in product management and software platform ecosystem design, and a well-respected startup educator, advisor and mentor. He is an advocate for the role of ecosystems in industry transformation and in tackling tough problems like improving healthcare.

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Ramona Bavington has proven experience in healthcare information technology and management systems working within matrix structured organizations leading innovative, evidence-informed clinical/and non-clinical program design and implementation enabled by integrative technologies for the home and community care sector. As the Business Lead with the Care Innovations and Planning team at Ontario Health, she leads a range of provincial projects, including designing and developing provincial programs, facilitating working groups, supporting provincial program implementation as well as completing post-implementation evaluations. She is also responsible for product development and management of Information and Referral services and clinical applications working closely with healthcare organizations to meet their evolving business requirements and priorities. Prior to working at Ontario Health, she worked at large corporate organizations delivering effective strategic planning, project and change management within the healthcare sector. As well, Ramona provided effective team leadership managing successful long-term relationships and advanced technology projects with healthcare organizations. She also created, owned, and operated a successful healthcare distribution company.

Conor Ross

Conor Ross works on the Marketing and Growth team at Georgian and is responsible for Georgian CoLab. This pre-investment nurture program is designed to help accelerate the growth of early-stage companies by helping them leverage Georgian’s internal technical expertise. Prior to joining Georgian, he co-founded Iris Technologies, a Canadian med-tech venture that developed an assistive computer monitor for people recovering from a concussion. Iris technologies was acquired by Noviscend in 2019. Conor has an engineering degree from Queen's University, is a passionate fan of all Toronto sports teams, and loves to cook!

Balaji Gopalan

Jenn Buechel is a senior healthcare executive, with over 20 years of broad experience in product strategy, development, and operations in regulated environments. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Delfi Diagnostics, a cancer detection company committed to delivering high performing, accessible cancer screening and diagnostic products.

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Health Innovation YGK Ecosystem Partners

With the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario, we are proud to be a part of this collaborative project to foster a health innovation ecosystem alongside the following regional partners.

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.