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Ottawa Organisers have identified the following CCS objectives: • To showcase high quality Canadian research for CCS members and affiliates; • To enhance opportunities for professional collaboration and networking; • To promote the CCS as a credible voice in cardiovascular health and care to the community and the public; • To collaborate with the Heart and Stroke for shared advocacy; and • To generate sustainable funding for CCS programmes. Achievements at UOHI since it opened its doors in 1976 include: 1984 – The first heart transplant in Ottawa 1989 – Heart transplant performed on 11-day-old infant, youngest recipient in Canada 2002 – Canada’s first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) centre opens 2005 – The Novel STEMI programme demonstrates a four- fold reduction in mortality among high-risk heart patients 2011– World’s first bedside genetic test to determine whether a patient is at risk of reacting poorly to standard drug therapy 2015 – Opening of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre Ottawa has also become home to two national Life Science Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) all active in supporting large- scale, academic-led research programmes to accelerate R&D and commercialisation. They include: • The Stem Cell Network, Canada’s premier research organisation dedicated to enabling the translation of stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products and public policy • Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment (BioCanRx), pan- Canadian network of expertise and infrastructure for the development, manufacture and clinical testing of new personalised biotherapeutics that hold the promise of being more effective, affordable and safe than conventional cancer therapies. Turnstone Biologics is one company that has partnered with academia to develop cancer- fighting viruses. Turnstone has been recognised as one of the top 15 biotech start-ups in the world and, in 2016, secured US$41m in venture capital (VC) funding – the largest biotech VC deal in Canada that year. Turnstone was co-founded by FACIT, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research’s commercialisation partner, which provided initial management, seed financing, intellectual property consolidation and hiring of initial employees including the CEO. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, said of Turnstone: “Ontario is proud of its commitment to cancer research and innovation. Congratulations to Ontario’s Turnstone Biologics research team. This global collaboration means patients are closer to receiving ground-breaking cancer-fighting discoveries developed in Ontario. It means another Ontario start-up is scaling up and creating jobs in Ontario.” Nina Kressler, President and Above: Fast Facts, The Ottawa Hospital Annual Report 2017-2018 CEO of Ottawa’s Shaw Centre endorses the city’s global leadership credentials for Life Sciences. “With world-leading research being done in stem cell therapies, nerve transfer, and a double-virus therapy for cancer, organisers of events such as the International Mesothelioma Interest Group have taken note, having hosted their global conference here in 2018, while the International Society of Paediatric Oncology is planning its annual conference in Ottawa in 2020.” Ottawa is also set to host the 11th International Symposium on Targeted-Alpha-Therapy in the first week of April 2019 thanks to Canada’s proficiency in nuclear medicine. The event, which explores the latest developments in preclinical studies and clinical experiences in radiochemistry is an opportunity for some 300 delegates to network and learn from industry leaders and to tour the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. When Ottawa hosted the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) in 2018, Lesley Mackay, Director of Meetings and Events at Ottawa Tourism, said: “Because we have this ecosystem in place, it naturally leads to people wanting to put on conferences in the city.” For a city of just under 1m it is easy to form relationships throughout the Life Sciences industry and draw upon local expertise, especially with the second-highest concentration of scientists and engineers in North America in one city. CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD 15