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

CDL Health, offered at CDL-Oxford, CDL-Toronto and CDL-Vancouver, helps technical teams bring their health innovations to market by providing access to industry-leading 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?

CDL Health 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. CDL Health 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
  • Diagnostics tools and platforms
  • Digital Health
  • Medical Devices
  • Precision medicine and pharmacogenomics
  • Therapeutics, biopharmaceuticals, and other drug discovery

The innovation areas noted above are not exhaustive. Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the CDL Health team.

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors, world-leading scientists, engineers, and technologists. Mentors meet every eight weeks in Oxford, Toronto or Vancouver to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration. While most mentors only participate at a single CDL site, some mentors participate in multiple locations.

Companies accepted to the CDL Health Stream Stream benefit from periodic meetings and mentorship with prominent scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs who have built, led, or supported world-leading health companies. Mentor and venture relationships are built through CDL engineered interactions and in some cases extend beyond the program through ongoing advisory roles.

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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-Vancouver '18