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.

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

Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Health Stream.


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.

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  

“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 | CDL-West '18

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