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ECHO Discovery 2023 Pitch Competition

June 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Join us to celebrate the graduation of our inaugural ECHO Discovery cohort!

Four teams from this year’s ECHO Discovery program will pitch their innovative cardiovascular health solutions to a multi-sectoral judging panel for a chance to win $500.

Then, we will hear from global leader in digital health technology, Jacqueline Shreibati. Dr. Shreibati will discuss her experience guiding consumer health projects and answer audience questions.

Don’t miss out, register today!

Pitch Competition

Let’s meet our pitching teams!

Sole Savers

Team members Rayhaan Bassawon, Jonathan Wu, and Mohammed Rashidul Anwar will be pitching PodiaScale, a seamless early-stage diabetic foot ulcer detection system for remote care.


Team members Amanda Mac, Elizabeth Karvasarki, Daniel Davoudpour, and Megh Rathod will be pitching their novel device for quickly identifying and monitoring jugular venous pressure.

Megh Rathod

Panorama Health

Team members Tenzin Yangzom, Nathan Holwell, Ruilin Wu, Kathryn Howe, and Sophie Sigfstead will be pitching an app that integrates daily data from wearable devices with AI-generated prompts to engage and encourage positive behavioural change.

Megh Rathod


Team members Anat Usatinksy, John Darwin Namata, Tina Sokhanvar, Samantha Unger, and Vaswani Kumar Lukka are leveraging biomarkers to produce non-invasive, accurate measures of cardiac health. Cardio-Fi is poised to support people living with heart failure in taking action in improving their own health.

Judging Panel

Many thanks to our esteemed judging panel, who will be drawing from their diverse perspectives to award the winning team.

Sumaiyah Rehman is currently a Scientific Associate at the University Health Network Princess Margaret Cancer Center. Sumaiyah holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her post-doctoral research in the lab of Catherine O’Brien uncovered the critical role of drug tolerant persister cells in mediating colorectal cancer relapse. Building on this, Sumaiyah co-founded DTPx Therapeutics in 2022, to advance treatment strategies that prevent colorectal cancer relapse. She has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards, most notably FACIT’s Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award and the FemSTEM Pitch competition (2023).

Darshan Brahmbhatt is a cardiologist who joined the HF/Transplant team in Toronto as a clinical fellow from London, UK in October 2019. He completed his clinical training in Cardiology, sub-specialising in heart failure/cardiac transplant and complex device implantation at Royal Papworth Hospital, subsequently completing his Doctoral research at the Royal Brompton Hospital & Imperial College London on digital health in heart failure. He has recently taken up a post as Heart Failure Attending at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Julie Vizza

Julie Vizza is a Patient Partner at the University Health Network. Her lived experience as an individual with chronic and complex care needs has strengthened her conviction that the perspectives of patients, as well as collaboration with and among providers, are fundamental in establishing and delivering optimal patient-centred care. Living with and managing her health needs while also constantly adapting to and navigating our healthcare system has led Julie to pursue a PhD in Health Science. Her research explores the lived experience of self-management among individuals with multiple chronic conditions and within team-based care settings.

Craig Simmons is the University of Toronto (UofT) Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. His research group studies the role of mechanical forces in cardiovascular disease and regeneration, aided by novel microfluidic platforms to model vascularized tissues and organs with high physiological fidelity. Craig also serves as the Scientific Director of the UofT Translational Biology and Engineering Program and as co-lead of TRANSFORM HF, a UofT Strategic Initiative. Together with partners in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, these bold initiatives aim to dramatically improve heart health for all through discovery science, regenerative medicine, and digital health.

Craig SImmons
ECHO Discovery Fireside Chats INSPIRE budding entrepreneurs.

Fireside Chat: Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati

This Fireside Chat introduces us to one of the global leaders in technology: Google!

Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati, MD, MS, FACC, is the Senior Clinical Lead at Google, where she leads a team of physicians guiding consumer health projects including wearables and the Android developer ecosystem, as well as covering focus areas such as heart health, women’s health, and sleep health. She was previously Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor, a start-up pioneering FDA-cleared AI techniques for mobile EKGs.

Dr. Shreibati is adjunct faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and oversees cardiology trainees at a federally qualified health center in Redwood City, California. She is active with the American College of Cardiology in areas of advocacy and clinician well-being, and is involved with Biodesign programs at Stanford and UCLA.

Join us to learn more about Dr. Shreibati’s experiences, how her entrepreneurial vision has shifted throughout her career, and her advice to the next generation of health innovators!

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