Faculty of Medicine

Develop a Pipeline for Research and Innovation Leadership

Groundbreaking Imagination

Groundbreaking Imagination

Develop a pipeline for research and innovation leadership in the Faculty through training and faculty development (e.g. Research-Entrepreneur-in- Residence pilot program).

Building education opportunities in research and innovation leadership that emphasize importance and specific concepts of health and well-being as key to success in leadership in this creative space.

Work in concert with TAHSN partners to leverage expertise, technology and infrastructure to improve coordination of activities and effort, reducing redundancies where possible. Promote existing innovation education resources to the research community, and work with these programs to develop life sciences-specific training where appropriate, e.g. U of T Entrepreneurship, MaRS Entrepreneurship 101, and School of Continuing Studies.

The Team

Decanal Sponsor: Richard Hegele

Key Collaborator(s): Dean’s Executive; Vice Chairs/Associate Chairs Research; VPRs of TAHSN affiliates; the central Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO).

Working Group Members:

  • Prof. Ruth Ross, Pharm/Tox
  • Prof. Paul Santerre, IBBME
  • Prof. Michael Farkouh, Medicine
  • Prof. Susan Jaglal, PT
  • Ms. Hannah Kozlowski, MD-PhD student
  • Mr. Jeremy Knight, OVDRI

Staff Support: Jeremy Knight

The Action Plan


  1. Develop educational offerings to increase awareness and skill sets for leadership in research and innovation, in coordination with efforts occurring at TAHSN sites.
  2. Pilot a “Research-Entrepreneur-in-Residence” who is well connected to industry, venture capital, etc.
  3. Develop an Advancement Strategy to enable growth and sustainability of the innovation enterprise.


  1. Set clear terms of reference and deliverables for Working Group.
  2. Report on progress to Dean’s Executive for feedback and informing refinement of strategies.
  3. Identify and appoint “Research-Entrepreneur-in- Residence”, and identify applicable space and resources.


December 2018: Finalize membership of Working Group.

January 2019: Finalize Terms of Reference for the Working Group and schedule first meeting.

January-March 2019: Working group to do consultations and develop draft strategies for presentation to Dean’s Executive.

April-June 2019: Refinement of draft strategies; second presentation to Dean’s Executive.

Fall 2019: Third meeting of Working Group to review implementation.



  1. Number of participants in educational offerings.
  2. Appointment of “Research-Entrepreneur-in- Residence”.
  3. Well-developed Advancement Strategy for growing and sustaining innovation in the Faculty of Medicine.
  4. The Innovation Activity metrics provided quarterly by IPO which track the Faculty’s invention disclosures, licenses, patents, start-ups, etc.