Solutions to health care’s greatest challenges won’t come from one idea or one person. They will come from a team effort from a community of innovators and investors, using their time, talent, and financial support to create system-wide change.
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health's philanthropic engine for health care innovation in the province.
This year, the foundation’s 50/50 Raffle will raise vital funding for life-changing research and innovation that will improve patient care in B.C. and save more lives.
From now until May 14, you can buy your tickets for the 50/50 Raffle at vghfoundation.rafflenexus.com before the winner is drawn on May 20.
In addition to the raffle, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation invites people in B.C. to virtually attend the 2021 BMO Capital Markets Innovators' Challenge on the evening of May 6 in a collective effort to connect the power of innovation with the power of philanthropy,
Emceed by 980 CKNW's Simi Sara with a keynote by Dr. Carl Hansen, CEO of AbCellera, this fun and competitive live virtual event will bring out Vancouver Coastal Health’s all-star physicians and scientists to engage in a spirited battle for funding to advance innovative ideas designed to transform health care.
Dr. Najib Ayas, Dr. Ryan Flannigan, and Dr. Martha J Ignaszewski will present their groundbreaking research projects that examine sleep apnea, soft robotics, and point-of-care opioid detection to the Accelerator panel of industry experts. Each idea has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the lives of patients — not just in B.C., but around the world.
Transforming patient care. Photo provided by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
The virtual event will give these researchers a chance to compete for the public’s votes and philanthropic funding from guests that include Vancouver’s brightest entrepreneurs, investor stakeholders, and corporate leaders.
By shifting this event online, more people than ever before will be able to cast their vote — thus having a direct impact on the acceleration of these health technologies, treatments, and other innovations to address health care’s biggest challenges.
Donor funding is vital to accelerating early-stage research. Promising early results can lead to additional grant funding, helping to expand their work, and ultimately impact more patients.
In previous years, this event provided key funding for new surgical techniques, improved wound healing, a wearable device to improve balance for Parkinson’s patients, and the development of an Emergency Department phone app.
Register for the Innovators’ Challenge by May 3 at vghfoundation.ca/innovatorschallenge and vote for your research project of choice.