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Business Plan Pitching Events


DiscoveryLab Meeting on May 17, 2022

Twenty minute presentations by startups and SMEs on high tech solutions addressing a wide range of challenges faced by our society and planet. Includes time for discussion and evaluation. Free to pitch or advise teams. The zoom address will be shared with registrants on the morning of the event.

We welcome leaders of startups, new ventures and SMEs to present their plan to a supportive panel of advisors from business, industry and investment circles.

Those registered to present on May 17 so far include:

  1. Amirreza Sohrabi, Cofounder & CEO, Roshan Water Solutions
  2. Chris Lambert, Founder & CEO, Kudosee Software Inc.
  3. Faheem Khan, CEO, Aro Robotic Systems
  4. Gregg Oldring, CEO & Founder, Llearner
  5. Hagay Levy, Co-founder & CEO, Iluria Ltd.
  6. Kevin Hull, CEO, Emergent Waste Solutions Inc.
  7. Kim Solez, President and CEO, JustMachines Inc.
  8. Leanne Brownoff and Danielle Bragge, Co-founders, VR Pathways Inc.
  9. Michael Weickert, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals
  10. Mohammad Hasan Davoodi, Engineer, IranYaran

DiscoveryLab Meeting on Feb 15, 2022

Tarek El-Bialy, Professor, Division of Orthodontics, University of Alberta

Mark Olson, President, Flokk Systems Inc.

Pankaj Purwar, CEO, Farmer's Legacy Biotech

Kevin Hull, CEO, Emergent Waste Solutions Inc.

Simba Nyazika, CEO, Lenica Research Group

Aru Narendran, Professor, University of Calgary

Shannon Phillips, Director Unbounded Thinking

Anthony Steenbergen, CEO, CannaBiscuit Canada Ltd.

Daniel Alessi, CEO and Salman Safari, CTO of Recion Technologies

Ali Khajehoddin, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept, University of Alberta

Don Hallett, Founder, Wildfire Innovation

Oleh Wowkodaw, President, Blue Eden CleanTech Solutions Inc.

Michael von Hauff, Co-Founder,

DiscoveryLab Meeting on Nov 21, 2021

Biotech & Health

Catalina Vasquez, COO, Nanostics, which is able to diagnose disease from a simple blood test by combining a highly sensitive extracellular vesicle detection platform and advanced machine learning algorithms.

Hagay Levy, CEO, Iluria is developing clinically validated software using machine and deep learning to monitor changes in physiological markers, and aims to support caregivers and families for ADHD management & treatment decisions.

Abdullah Sarhan, Cofounder & CEO of RetinaLogik aims to prevent blindness by pioneering accessible, affordable, and powerful vision screening technology.

Aru Narendran, Professor, University of Calgary, focuses on the development of a “trial-in-a-cell” approach for future personalized cancer treatment in children.


Mark Olson, President, Flokk Systems Inc. is developing a system for beef herd management and traceability reporting.

Kevin Hull, CEO, Emergent Waste Solutions Inc. is deploying its modular Advanced Thermolysis System for indoor agriculture and conversion of waste carbon into feedstock.

Luisa Orsini, Associate Professor and Alan Tring Fellow at the University of Birmingham is scaling applications of a waste management system based on a renewable biological agent, with demonstrators currently running and showing scalability.


Shelvie Fernan, CEO of Fly and Fetch Inc. connects people from all over the world by providing a more efficient and affordable shipping service.

Amanda Mesluk, Founder, is developing Digital Carbon Solution.


Peter Kombouras, CEO, Alkemy Environmental, a clean technology company that recycles industrial waste into structural grade lightweight concrete aggregate.

Sreeshailam Aare, CEO, HAARES ChemTech Inc. provides custom synthesis of complex molecules including drug molecules.

COVID-19 Meetings

The following presented COVID-19 plans on April 15, 2020.

Therapeutics & Prophylactics chaired by Michael Overduin

09:00 John Dennis, CEO, SolAeroMed: S1226 to treat Covid-19 related lower respiratory tract viral infection

09:20 Khaled Barakat, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta on computer-aided drug design of small molecule inhibitors

09:40 Darrell Tan, Clinician-Scientist, Options Lab, St. Michael's Hospital is leading a COVID-19 Ring-based Prevention Trial With Lopinavir/Ritonavir

10:00 Carlos Cervera, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta: Early use of Tocilizumab to improve the prognosis of COVID-19 associated disease requiring hospital admission

10:20 Bruno Villoutreix, Research Director, Inserm, Computational exploration of MAP kinase-activated kinase 2 (MK2): toward the rational design of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) therapeutic agents

Medical Devices & Diagnostics chaired by Cameron Smithers

10:40 Alessandro Biglioli, Elsius Biomedical: Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

11:00 Gregg Oldring, CEO, Zept: A COVID-19 contact tracing app that honors civil liberty

Public Health & Epidemiology chaired by michael overduin

11:20 Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family: COVID-19 effects on families including those of immigrants, lowes incomes and Indigenous origins

11:40 Dawn Kingston, Professor, University of Calgary is developing HOPE Digital Mental Health Platform

12:00 Prabhat Jha, Professor of Global Health, Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto: COVID-19 Cause of Death Exploration (C-CODE): A Novel Mortality Data Documentation and Discovery Platform

12:20 Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University: decision making that strengthens global coordination of response to COVID-19

12:40 Adam Balogh, RN at the Stollery, CEO and Founder of Staffing Call, an app that addresses the issue of last-minute absenteeism and short-staffing in hospitals with a focus on the need of intensive care environments.

Anniversary Meeting

Science Capital's Anniversary Conference which was originally scheduled for Tuesday April 28, 2020 has been cancelled. We are instead offering teams to present their plans at our monthly webconferences which are held jointly with DiscoveryLab.

You are welcome to present a business plan in any field or stage to a panel of supportive legal, financial and entrepreneur advisors for free. Everyone is welcome to register to present at this Zoom webconference and input in the discussion about how to better support innovation.

Our meetings are intended to help innovators who are looking to commercialize new technologies and high value research products and services in any field.

You'll have the opportunity to meet with business, legal and financial advisors, network with colleagues, and present your plan. Those who typically pitch include academic researchers, clinical scientists, and directors of new ventures, spin outs or SMEs.

Presenters are asked to describe their unique edge, market leading position, team, intellectual property, business strategy, products/services to be developed, investment desired, timeframe for delivery, and any issues they'd like help with.

A short (~10 min) presentation focused on their business plan is given to a panel of advisors and inverstors. Constructive verbal and written feedback is given to the team to help them develop their plan, and contacts are shared for follow up meetings.

Business Advisors for the private business plan pitching sessions:

Beverley NielsenBeverley Nielsen, former the Lib Dem candidate for West Midlands Mayor, and Associate Professor and Director at the IDEA Institute at Birmingham City University where she supported the growth of >45 new start-ups. She was the first female director of AGA Rangemaster plc, later becoming MD of its subsidiary, Fired Earth, worked at the CBI for over a decade, and was awarded Midlands Business Woman of the Year.

Martin Green

Martin Green, Founder and CEO of Blueberry Consultants, focusses on creation of new products and companies. He started programming on small microcomputers while at school, and after University established a game development company, ATD. Martin has been directly involved in the creation of three other start-up companies, and has been a director of two other UK technology companies.

chris moore

Chris Moore, Partner, HGF, is a patent attorney covering engineering and chemical fields , with specialisations in aerospace and automotive technologies, green technology, medical devices, plastic electronics, ceramics, polymers, CVD and plasma deposition, fuel cells and analytical chemistry/instrumentation.

jamesJamie Elliott, Innovation Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority, coordinating innovation activities and linking different parts of the WMCA and wider partnership, working with the LEPs, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands and Science parks. Previously Digital Innovation Manager, Areca Design and Founder, Vive Virtualities.

Richard MinerRichard Miner, Founder and Director of Enterprise FD, with experience with growing entrepreneurial business, finance raising, investment appraisal, identification of value drivers and exit planning. He is a member of the CMI and ICAEW and a Non Executive Director at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

Geoffrey Beanland

Geoffrey Beanland, with experience directing companies in healthcare and biotechnology markets, previously Chairman of Oxford Pharmacy Store, Polybiomed and Plasso Technology, Board member of Oxford Expression Technologies, held senior positions at Baxter International, Bristol Myers Squibb, Head of the Healthcare and Biotechnology Division, Scottish Development Agency.

Paul Heaven

Paul Heaven, Director, Jerroms Corporate Finance, providing corporate finance services for small to medium sized businesses in a diverse range of sectors. Founder/Director, Blue Sky Corporate Finance Ltd specialising in corporate finance consultancy for early stage enterprises. Member of the Regional Finance Forum representing the interests of the Business Angel Networks in the region. Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.


Patrick Duxbury, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Specialises in all aspects of non-contentious intellectual property law in the life sciences sector. Transactions include several licensing and collaboration deals for biotech and pharmaceutical company clients such as BioXell, Cambridge Antibody Technology Group, Astex Therapeutics, Eisai, PanGenetics, Prosidion, The Wellcome Trust, Renovo and others.


Giles Brindley, Director, Enterprise Mastery, Coach and Facilitator (EMCC) in Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability, enabling high performing and high potential leaders in creative and innovation-led industries to tackle challenges in strategy, innovation and sustainability. Over the years Giles has worked with several hundred people: working one-to-one, in small groups and teams.

As well as the 140 members of the DiscoveryLab panel of advisors.


Aysha Ali

Aysha Ali, Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh, is focusing on developing low-cost solutions for the simple and robust diagnosis of tuberculosis and antimicrobial resistance. Previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in Diagnostics at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture. PhD in Chemistry, University of Birmingham.

Michael OverduinMichael Overduin, Professor at the University of Alberta, is developing polymers for preparation of membrane proteins in native nanodiscs for drug discovery, and focusses on signaling targets involved in cancer and diabetes. He directs DiscoveryLab and NANUC in Edmonton, and established the Henry Wellcome Building for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy at the University of Birmingham.


Marcella Erskine, Founder and Director of Music Shakers, which provides classes in Birmingham. She created a programme of music and movement experiences that enhances early childhood development and fosters community building. She has Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College, New York and a BSc in Psychology from Colorado State University, and teaches at One World Montessori School.


The plans, thoughts, and opinions expressed by presenters belong solely to the presenters. DiscoveryLab and Science Capital do not support or promote the research presented, we provide an open forum for discussion.

Pitch your plan

Obtain feedback on your business idea and explore new partnerships. Scientists, start-ups and SMEs are invited to present their plans for a free private consultation during with a panel of legal, business, financial and investment advisors who are experienced in developing commercialisation strategies. Places are limited, please register soon to secure your place.

Busines Plan Presenters at previous Science Capital and DiscoveryLab events:

  1. Amit Pate, SnaptivityApp
  2. Andrew Davies, STI Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  3. Andy Downing, Pengower
  4. Anoop Kumar Jain, Mars Flexible PackaginG
  5. Anthony Bradburn, bubblecard
  6. Baptiste Lamarre, NPL
  7. Barry Lambert, Medstars Limited
  8. Caezar Al-Jassar, University of Birmingham
  9. Chris Buckingham, GRiST
  10. Chris Coulson, University Hospital Birmingham
  11. Colin Adams, University of Birmingham
  12. Daniel Blyden, YEP Media
  13. Daniel Thompson, Query Tree
  14. David Broadbent, Cyberjenn
  15. Deepak Pathak, WEWANA Play
  16. Defang Ouyang, Aston University
  17. Don Dhaliwal, Refractiv
  18. Felicitas Freeman, LOCS Publishing Ltd
  19. Frank Neumann, Innaxon Therapeutics
  20. Furrukh Haseen, Haseen tech
  21. Gordon McKenzie, Michelson Diagnostics
  22. Gregory Sporton, Birmingham City University
  23. Heather Duncan, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  24. Ian Weatherhogg, Refractiv
  25. Jeremy Wyatt, University of Birmingham
  26. John Burke, Zero Energy Systems Ltd
  27. Juma El-Awaisi, Braci
  28. Kaizen Matsumoto, Pulmonoclean
  29. Les Lindsay, Diabetic Boot Co
  30. Liam Grover, University of Birmingham
  31. Luke Alderwick, University of Birmingham
  32. Luke Mulekezi, Pengower
  33. Marc Seager, bubblecard
  34. Mark Cobbold, University of Birmingham
  35. Mark Thompson, AceOn Solar
  36. Martin Levermore, MDTI
  37. Matam Rajeswari, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  38. Mevish Akhtar Aslam, Kreative Squid
  39. Mike Edwards, Meteor Power
  40. Mourad Oussalam, University of Birmingham
  41. Norman Leece, Gasfill Limited
  42. Omar Saeed, MyLabStock
  43. Paul Chadwick, Ergohome
  44. Paul Hung, ACTAtek
  45. Piers Cave, Eco Answers
  46. Radu Sora, Polysemantic
  47. Richard Griffin, BaaSE
  48. Rob Benson, Share Marketing
  49. Samantha Thodhlana, YEP Media
  50. Sean Derrig, Chemex
  51. Shameem Kazmi, Intelipac Innovations
  52. Stanislav Kolpakov, Aston University
  53. Stuart Alexander, Lucidity Networks
  54. Subhasis Banarjee, Origin Biomarkers
  55. Thomas Lipinski, Green Structures
  56. Tim Knowles, University of Birmingham
  57. Yolande van Niekerk, MedstarsPresenter
  58. 2S Water: Anthea Sargeaunt
  59. 99bits: Abdullah Choudhry,
  60. 48 Hour Discovery: Samantha Kwok & Ratmir Derda
  61. 8 Bit Cortex, Co-Founder, Ty McKinney
  62. Airterra CEO Rob Lavoie
  63. Alpine Innovative Research, Dane Bosman: Air Sniper
  64. Alberta Precision Labs, Clinical Microbiologist, Mathew Diggle
  65. Antibiddies Technologies: D Marchant, L Bilawchuk & F West
  66. Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, Rakesh Bhat
  67. Autoimmune Hepatitis: A. Landi & A. Clementin
  68. Awele Technologies: Godfrey Okeke
  69. Bessie Founder Spencer Kerber
  70. BioAro, Amir Nezhad, University of Calgary
  71. BioImmuno Designs: Shairaz Baksh
  72. BioLargo: Richard Smith
  73. Biomedarmour, Simon Park, University of Calgary
  74. Biomimetic Exosomes: Kunal Karan & Arin Sen
  75. BitCan Geosciences & Engineering, Yanguang Yuan
  76. Bitcoin Air: Bretton Whervin
  77. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal & Shane Groendahl
  78. Boron Heterocycles for Drug Discovery: Dennis Hall
  79. Biomarkers for Pediatric Cancer: Aru Narendran
  80. Breast Cancer Biomarkers: Carrie
  81. BYBOCAM CEO & Founder Ketsia Lombosso Engoya
  82. Canada NeuroTech: Yvonne Wong, CUE
  83. Canadian BioSample Repository: Bruce Ritchie
  84. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp, Aaron Barr
  85. Carlos Cervera: Early use of Tocilizumab for COVID-19
  86. Cheminger Inc: Nataraj Pagadala
  87. Childhood Pneumonia Biomarkers: Qaasim Mian
  88. Chipcare, Lynn McNeil
  89. Click & Push: Martin Ferguson-Pell
  90. Click & Push Accessiblity Inc. COO Sydney Hampshire
  91. CliniSonics: Roger Zemp
  92. COMS: Centre for Online Mental health Support, Peter Silverstone
  93. Creative Protein Solutions, CEO, Daria Venkova
  94. Criticare Dx: Amir Nezhed
  95. Crowdblink, Trevor Macdonald
  96. Daphe Water Solutions, CTO, Luisa Orsini
  97. Dealcloser: Amir Reshef
  98. Drug Discovery Chemical Space: Dennis Hall
  99. Easy fMRI and Easy Data: Tony Yousefnezhad
  100. EcoVitro: Lion Budrass
  101. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad
  102. Elsius Biomedical, Alessandro Biglioli: ECMO
  103. ENTiD: Rahul Arora
  104. Entos Pharmaceuticals: John Lewis & Arun Raturi
  105. Farmer's Legacy Biotech, CEO,Pankaj Purwar,
  106. Flu Fighting Chickens: Katharine Magor
  107. FluroTech, CEO, Dan Dalla-Londa
  108. Fly and Fetch: Shelvie Fernan & Victoria Celi
  109. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy: Peter Johnson
  110. Fourien: Faheem Khan
  111. FREDsense Technologies Corp, Co-Founder, Robert Mayall
  112. Gane Ka-Shu Wong: nucleic acids based covid-19 diagnostics
  113. Guanqun Chen, Plant Biotechnology Lab, University of Alberta
  114. Health District: Khurram Jahangir
  115. Health Gauge: Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk
  116. Hempact: Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li & Anka Chan
  117. High Density Power Conversion: Zhongyi Quan
  118. Human Cytomegalovirus: James Nieman
  119. illumiSonics: Roger Zemp
  120. IMBiotechnologies: Michael Stewart
  121. Giant Health: Inbound Trade Mission, Barry Shrier
  122. HOPE Project, Dawn Kingston
  123. Inclusion Playland: Rebecca Murray
  124. Inkubate Packaging, Travis Dahl
  125. InPlanta Biotechnology, Director, Igor Kovalchuk
  126. iYu Inc: Mike Wade, Concordia University Edmonton
  127. Kent Imaging, Pierre Lemire
  128. Khaled Barakat: small molecule inhibitor design
  129. KRS Biopharma: Tina Rinker
  130. Lenica Research Group: Simba Nyazika
  131. LKSAVI: Lorne Tyrell
  132. MagnetTx: Gino Fallone
  133. Mahdi Tavakoli: Robotic System Following Injury
  134., David Quail & Jeevesh Kapur
  135. Meros Polymers: Afsaneh Lavasanifar
  136. Metric Technologies, Abdullah Saleh
  137. MITS: Jeremie Bourqui
  138. Metabolomic Technologies Inc: Lu Deng
  139. mmHg Inc: Peter Wood & Dr. Raj Padwal
  140. My Normative Inc., Co-Founder, Danika Kelly
  141. Nabati Foods, President, Ahmad Yehya
  142. Nanologaudio: Adam Brown
  143. Nanostics: Colin Coros
  144. Nectar, Co-Founder & CEO, Marc-André Roberge
  145. Neuraura CEO Pierre Wijdenes and COO Claire Dixon
  146. New Paradigm Hempery, Luc d'Abadie
  147. Nova Green Inc., CEO, Barry Farquharson
  148. ofbrains: Alireza Bahramian
  149. OPTEL Group, Louis-Olivier Roy
  150. OrigamAi, CEO, Kyle McLeod
  151. Outbreaker Solutions: Brayden Whitlock
  152. OVA, CEO, Harold Dumur
  153. Palliative Care Matters: Konrad Fassbender
  154. Pacylex: M Weickert, J Mackey, R Heit & L Berthiaume
  155. PainWorth: Mike Zouhri
  156. PEARKO Therapeutics,Gavin Oudit
  157. Phelix, Co-Founder,Varun Pulapaka
  158. Pleasant Solutions, Thomas Stachura
  159. Polar Canadian Swine LLP: Alfred Wahl
  160. Praeventus Corporation: Jerome Yager, UofA
  161. Prominent: A Flynn, R Burrell, T McMullen & T Briggs
  162. Protxx: John Ralston
  163. Qualisure Diagnostics: David Bocking & Oliver Bathe
  164. Quantum Silicon Inc, Robert Wolkow
  165. Rafiq Ahmad: Smart Engineering Solutions to Cope with COVID-19
  166. Rapid Prototyping: Suresh Nayar
  167. Rashid Mirzavand: Multi-Parameter Wireless Bio-Sensor System
  168. RAZN Health Decision Modelling: Negin Razavilar
  169. Regenitech Canada, Grant Kelba
  170. Repertoire Immune Systems, Karsten Sauer
  171. Reveal Medical Corp, CEO Steve Jakeway
  172. Revive Wellness Inc: Loreen Wales
  173. RJH Biosciences: Juliana Valencia & Remant KC
  174. Roshan Water Solutions Inc: Amirreza Sohrabi
  175. Safe Contact Solutions, Kevin Maloney
  176. SafeSpaceHealth: Khurram Jahangir
  177. Sawback Technologies, Founder, Neil Keown
  178. SensorUp Founder & CTO Steve Liang
  179. Sialogene: Chris Cairo
  180. Siberian Meat Dumplings, Mark Friesen
  181. SMALP Network: Michael Overduin
  182. SN Biomedical: Hillary Sweet & Matthew Nickel
  183. SolAeroMed, John Dennis
  184. Solar Oxygen: Nicolas Conradi
  185. Staffing Call, CEO and Founder, Adam Balogh
  186. ST Innovations Business Development Manager, Jonathan Butterworth
  187. Story City: Emily Craven
  188. Summit Nanotech, Drew Moxon,
  189. Sunmor Research Inc, Medical Director, Kevin Morin,
  190. Surgical Simulation: Bin Zheng
  191. Swae CEO Soushiant Zanganehpour
  192. Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc., CTO, Jeremy Sluyters
  193. Syantra Diagnostics: Tina Rinker
  194. Syngli: Simon Overduin
  195. Targeting LPA Signaling: David Brindley
  196. Technology Shops, Steve Lloyd: CoronaHood
  197. Tele-Rehabilitation, Martin Ferguson-Pell
  198. Terrahub, Elena Dumitrascu
  199. TestNTravel, Founder & CEO, Mathew Diggle
  200. ThermoReCON: Larry Unsworth
  201. ThyroSPEC: Paul Stewardson
  202. The TireGrabber: Darcy Goossen
  203. TMIC, James Harynuk
  204. Token Naturals, CEO & Co-Founder, Keenan Pascal
  205. Umay Care: Sharmin Habib
  206. Unit9: CoronaSaver, Martin Percy
  207. Vanier Institute of the Family, CEO, Nora Spinks
  208. Virtual Orthodontic Residency: Tarek El-Bialy
  209. WWiKY Theranostica: Len Wiebe & Piyush Kumar
  210. XoTech: Amir Sanati Nezhad
  211. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery: Aman Ullah
  212. Zenxmed and Openxmed: Colm Murphy
  213. Zept, CEO,Gregg Oldring

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