TORONTO, ON-The Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO®), a not-for-profit, membership based organization, hosted its annual public meeting at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP on December 5 with the theme centered on “Bridging the Access to Talent Gap.”
The meeting provided a platform to highlight OBIO’s accomplishments made in 2016, upcoming initiatives for 2017 and an opportunity to hear from Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Cristina Martins and members of the OBIO MPP Health Science Caucus, MPP Shafiq Qaadri and MPP Bill Walker, who welcomed networking with over 60 health science industry professionals.
The evening focused on a vision of collaboration across health science companies and highlighted the supportive partnership that the Province of Ontario has with OBIO. The evening also marked the launch of the OBIO Health to Business Bridge™ H2BB™ internship program. OBIO H2BB™ is a program in support of improving access to business trained talent in Ontario’s health science sector, ultimately contributing to a sustainable innovation economy.
The H2BBTM internship program will combine OBIO’s deep-rooted relationships across academia and industry to develop industry ready talent that strengthens business development capabilities in Ontario’s health science companies, and ultimately amplifies the innovation capability of the province.
“OBIO’s ongoing dialogue with industry has identified access to industry ready business talent as a challenge for health science companies seeking to scale up and commercialize their technologies,” said Gail Garland, CEO of OBIO. The “OBIO H2BB™ Program is intended to benefit all participants, interns and industry companies alike, to facilitate development of our knowledge economy and create leadership that understands emerging technology trends to ultimately achieve multipliers of job creation.”
OBIO H2BB™ provides companies with a unique opportunity to access new talent, while assisting with critical business projects. Interns will rapidly develop knowledge and insight into new and ultimately profitable technologies.
Participation in OBIO H2BB™ is open to all Ontario companies developing health science products or services, who are interested in hiring a business trained intern to help complete a managerial project for a minimum duration of four-months. Interested companies are encouraged to contact OBIO to discuss their interest.
For more information about the new program, visit the OBIO website www.obio.ca.