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Dr. Mindy Levin

Dr Levin trained as a physiotherapist at McGill University (B.Sc. 1976) and practiced for several years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal where she specialized in neurological rehabilitation. She obtained a M.Sc. degree in Clinical Sciences from the University of Montreal in 1985 followed by a Ph.D. in Physiology from McGill University in 1990 under the directorship of Dr Christina Hui-Chan. She completed an additional two years of post-doctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Montreal under the co-directorship of Drs. Yves Lamarre and Anatol G. Feldman. From 1992 to 2004, Dr Levin held positions as researcher and professor in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Montreal. She taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level mainly in the areas of electrotherapy and neurology.

Dr. Philippe Archambault

Dr Archambault is an assistant professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. His research focuses on the use of technology in rehabilitation. Dr Archambault has initiated a project involving the design and testing of a smart robotic device, which has the ability to predict the target of arm movement in subjects with muscle weakness and also has the capability of assisting movement execution. In addition, he leads a project on the quantitative measurement of powered wheelchair driving skills. These measurements are then used for assessment and training in real and simulated environments. Dr Archambault’s research is conducted at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital.

Neelam Charania, MSOT, B. SC. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Neelam is an Occupational Therapist with a unique blend of clinical and operational experience both in Canada and the United States. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology specializing in learning and motivation. She then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2002. Neelam has a variety of clinical experience ranging from a private school for children with special needs to geriatrics including inpatient, outpatient and home care. Neelam’s passion for quality improvement, excellent customer care and resource management brought her to a Regional Director of Operations role for Brookdale Senior Living, a premier senior solutions company in the United States. Here she served as administrator for outpatient clinics, a home health agency and hospice agency.

Étienne Lagacé

Étienne Lagacé has been working in the venture capital industry since 2004. He is currently an investment manager at MSBiV where he is involved in the financing and development of novel medical technologies. Étienne is an active member of AdvaMed’s Business Development Committee and is part of BioAlberta’s review panel for its Medical Product Development Program. He is the co-founder of the MedTechNorth Conference and serves as a director and observer on the boards of Gaargle, Leap Medical and BaroSense. Prior to MSBiV, Étienne spent seven years at iNovia Capital, one of Canada’s premier managers of seed and early-stage venture capital funds. Étienne started is career as a software developer in the test-engineering industry.

Étienne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Sherbrooke, and is a trained specialist in commercialization of innovation.

Julie Sandler

Julie joined Madrona in 2011, and is a board observer for several of Madrona’s portfolio companies, including AdReady, Jintronix, Maxpoint, OnMobile Media, ThisLife, and Rover.com. At Madrona, Julie is pursuing new investment opportunities, and is actively involved in Madrona’s portfolio companies and the firm’s activity in the startup community. She recently launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network (SEWN), a forum for women entrepreneurs, startuppers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect here in the Greater Seattle area.

Julie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with honors, with distinction, and with both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

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