Select Page

“COVID-19 is shaping and sharpening our perspective on the future of health research and innovation by showing us what’s possible when we put a ‘wartime’ mindset into action.”


In our recent report, COVID-19 and the Future of Health Research and Innovation, we argued that the pandemic represents an inflection point for the health research and innovation system. To build on that report, we convened a virtual roundtable in collaboration with Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), featuring a diverse panel of leaders, on what COVID-19 is teaching us and how we can prepare our health research and innovation ecosystem for a resilient, productive and impactful future.

The discussion identified three key success factors we need to take to prepare our health research and innovation ecosystem for our envisioned future:

  1. Learn and do better for the future of health research and innovation.
  2. Reinvigorate investments in health research and innovation to create the best system possible.
  3. Shape the ‘new normal’ with unprecedented courage, creativity and collaboration.

We would like to thank our panelists for sharing their perspectives on what is needed to achieve the envisioned future of health research and innovation, and the impact the pandemic has had on their respective organizations:

  • Jim Tartaglia, Vice-President R&D, Global Head of Projects, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Connie Cote, Chief Executive Officer, Health Charities Coalition of Canada
  • Bogi Eliasen, Director of Health, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies
  • Charu Kaushic, Scientific Director, Institute of Infection and Immunity, Canadian Institutes of Health Research | Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada
  • Ryan Wiley, President, Shift Health


Watch the roundtable recording below or read the roundtable summary report here to learn more about how COVID-19 is shaping the future of health research and innovation.

Our President, Dr. Ryan Wiley, also took part in a Fireside Chat with Impetus Digital’s Managing Director, Natalie Yeadon, during which they explored themes similar to the roundtable, including progress towards the digitization of healthcare and how COVID-19 is setting the stage for a future-proofed data ecosystem. The fireside chat also touched briefly on Ryan’s shift from academia to consulting, and the learnings he’s gained along the way.

Watch the fireside chat recording below or listen to the conversation here.