Summer by Design

The application process is closed.

Workshop Dates:  June 19 -June 28, 2023
Location: University of Toronto – St. George Campus, Toronto
Application Deadline:  January 23, 2023

Stem Cell Network is excited to announce a limited number of travel support awards to attend Summer by Design, an intensive program for post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from Canadian and international universities on translating and commercializing regenerative medicine.

Summer by Design is hosted by the University of Toronto’s Medicine by Design initiative, in partnership with CCRM, the Rotman School of Management and Stem Cell Network.

Over eight days of expert-led interactive sessions, including lectures, group work and case studies, participants will:

  • Learn from experts across various aspects of the technology translation continuum and be introduced to the broader business of regenerative medicine. Topics include:
    • Commercialization including productization, company creation and valuation, economic reimbursement, regulatory affairs and clinical translation, intellectual property, technology and market assessment, manufacturing and scale-up
    • Technology strategy and Intellectual Property (IP)
    • Regulatory affairs and reimbursement
    • Marketing
    • Strategic communications and pitching including one-on-one coaching to develop presentation and pitch skills.
  • Explore Toronto’s dynamic life sciences hub by meeting with clinical and industry leaders in the field of regenerative medicine
  • Make connections with other Summer by Design participants to strengthen networks of international peers

Please visit the Summer by Design website to view workshop details, key dates and the application form.

Details of the SCN Award and Application Procedure:
The SCN award provides financial assistance for eligible trainees to attend the Summer by Design workshop in Toronto, from  June 19 to 28, 2023, hosted by the University of Toronto’s Medicine by Design initiative, in partnership with CCRM, the Rotman School of Management and Stem Cell Network.

 Travel Support Award Conditions:

  • The SCN award will cover travel expenses associated with attending the course for Canadian trainees not based in Toronto/associated with the University of Toronto or its affiliated hospitals:
    • travel to/from the course location
    • accommodation in the University of Toronto downtown campus from June 18 to June 29, 2023
    • meals not provided during the course
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the course, in accordance with the SCN Travel Booking & Reimbursement Policy (the policy will be provided to the selected applicants).

Eligibility (SCN):
Applications for the limited number of SCN travel support awards to attend the Summer by Design workshop will be accepted from PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows from a Canadian lab who are working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

 Application Procedure:

  • Applicants must complete the online application form on the Summer by Design website and ensure that they mark their preference to be considered for a SCN travel support award in the Travel Support section of the form.
  • The application deadline is January 23, 2023.
  • Only applicants who have completed the application process described on the Summer by Design website and received an offer of a placement in the workshop will be considered for SCN travel support.
  • The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all applications requesting SCN travel support, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome in February 2023.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a SCN award, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to its funding agency. By accepting the SCN award attendees also accept to have their pictures taken during the course, which may be used in the reporting tools mentioned above. Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the completed report is received.

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