Nov 9, 2022  |  5:30pm - 7:00pm
Department of Surgery

Dragon’s Den Start-Up Pitch Competition by UofT Department of Surgery

Join us as six innovative teams compete for a $30,000 prize!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022; 5:30 – 7:00pm EST

Women’s College Hospital Auditorium (76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON) & Livestream


  • A livestream link will be available soon.
  • If you would like to attend in person, please contact Joanna Giddens; as seats are limited.

Organizers: Jas Chahal, Ori Rotstein, John Semple, Cari Whyne, and Joanna Giddens


FrED: The FRagment Extraction DeviceDr. Monica Farcas, Dr. Bader Alsaikhan, Dr. Brian Carrillo, Joshua Tuazon, Jonguk (Justin) Lee

FrED’s dual-lumen hydrophilic sheath is coupled with a feedback-controlled electronic pump system to completely clear the kidney of sand and residual stone fragments.

Xpan: Sonia Igboanugo, Dr. Priscilla Chiu, Dr. Rezende-Neto, Dr. Sunit Das, Dr. Laz Klein, Zaid Atto

Xpan’s miniaturized, universal, and expandable trocar enables safe access and dynamic upsizing during convential, mini, and robotic procedures while reducing time and costs.

Peptide-based therapeutics for glaucomaDr. Paolo Koeberle and Dr. Alireza Shabanzadeh

This technology consists of peptides that prevent neuron degeneration. They are easily produced and readily available through intraocular injection or eye drops.

AISHA: Artificial Intelligence Supervisor for High performAnce and safety during neuroendovascular intervention: Dr. Vitor Mendes Pereira and Dr. Hidehisa Nishi

AISHA is a deep learning-based medical imaging application designed to be directly connected to the angiosuite system.

Arterial Solutions: Dr. Mohammad Qadura, Muzammil Syed, Dr. Ben Li, Dr. David Klein

Arterial Solutions is a cardiovascular diagnostic company seeking to develop accessible, novel, and robust tests. Current efforts focus on peripheral arterial disease.

CareShift: Dr. Albert Yee, Dr. Jay Too, Dr. Johnathan Lex, Aazad Abbas, Manjot Sangha, Mckenzee Balcom

CareShift is a platform that directly connects hospitals with qualified healthcare professionals to address staffing issues, such as last-minute cancelations.

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