For founders pursuing commercial opportunities predicated on translational science and technology innovations that improve human health and wellness.

The CDL Health stream helps technical teams to bring their health innovations to market by providing access to accomplished mentors and investors in the life sciences domain.

The startups attend five in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.

“CDL really sped things up for us. Having access to so many mentors and investors in a single room with unparalleled expertise in the life sciences helped us accelerate fundraising and prioritize operational milestones”

Akwasi Apori

Correlia Biosystems
CEO & Co-founder

Who Should Apply?

The Health Stream serves ambitious teams with strong backgrounds in chemical, biological, medical, materials, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering who are working on projects and technologies with the potential to meaningfully enhance human health and wellness. This Stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth) or even projects (pre-incorporation) however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.

Example Innovation Areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Therapeutics
  • Devices & diagnostics
  • Digital care & education

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Health Stream.


CDL Alumni

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, and active angel and venture investors. Mentors meet every eight weeks at the CDL sites in Vancouver and Toronto to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration. Most mentors participate only at a single CDL site; however, some participate at both sites.

Julia Levy
T. Chen Fong, C.M.
Lindsay Machan
Barney Pell
Nancy Harrison
Christopher Bissonnette
Paul Geyer
Natalie Dakers
Aaron Nelson
Dawn Bell
Christoph Lengauer
Michael Ball

Full list of Health Mentors  

Our Scientists

Companies accepted to the CDL Health Stream benefit from periodic advising sessions with scientists and investigators who are experts in health related technologies and in the future of the life sciences industry. These experts meet with companies to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and provide guidance on development activities.

Peter Zandstra
David Jaffray
Igor Jurisica
Axel Guenther
Fabio Rossi
Kausar Samli
Bharat Srinivasa

Full list of Health Scientists & Investigators


“CDL Health is a key component of the life sciences ecosystem we are building in Canada. By bringing together new ventures, scientists, mentors and funders to catalyze constructive discussions around milestones, our efforts are targeted at de-risking the path to corporate success.”


Peter Zandstra

Founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, UBC

Chief Scientist, CDL Health Stream


The Health Stream operates two annual cohorts, one at CDL-West, and CDL-Toronto. For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email  


Health in the News

TechCrunch | March 7, 2018 Atomwise, which uses AI to improve drug discovery, raises $45M Series A

Government of Ontario News | November 17, 2017 Molly Shoichet named Ontario’s first Chief Scientist

Betakit | September 25, 2017 Toronto-based Deep Genomics Raises $16 Million from Khosla Ventures

Vancouver Sun | August 18, 2017 Opinion: UBC erases boundaries between engineering and health