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More than 230 Experts Gather for Inaugural Innovation Boulevard Event

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November 15, 2013

Surrey, BC – More than 230 health technology and innovation experts from across the region gathered Thursday to collaborate and share ideas about how Surrey can grow as a leader in the booming health technology sector.

“The medical technology industry generates 308 billion dollars annually and BC is expected to add 4,000 new jobs to its tech industry in the near future,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Surrey already has a thriving Health Technology Sector. With Innovation Boulevard we have the opportunity to grow Surrey into a world class centre of health technology excellence.”

Anchored on each end by Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial Hospital Campus, “Innovation Boulevard” is a network of health institutions, universities, companies and health sector experts, located within one square mile in Surrey’s City Centre. The event provided a forum for thought leaders and influencers to find ways to work together to continue to build on the region’s businesses, research and facilities.

“The concentration of health care related services, institutions, and expertise on Innovation Boulevard establishes an excellent environment for medical innovation and research. This will move us towards our ultimate goal of improved health care outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Ryan D’arcy, BC Leadership Chair & Head of Medical Technologies, SFU/Head, Health Sciences & Innovation, Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Attendees at the event included representatives from Fraser Health, Simon Fraser University, UBC, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BCTIA, Life Sciences BC, as well members of the development community, business stakeholders, and government officials. Speakers included Dr. Paul Terry - CEO at Phemi Health Systems, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SFU Venture Labs & Partner with Magellan Angel Partners, Dr. Nigel Murray, President & CEO, Fraser Health Authority. The event was held at Surrey Arts Centre.

The vision of Innovation Boulevard is fourfold, to: improve health care outcomes for patients; implement intelligent solutions for the health care system; attract talented clinicians and researchers; grow companies in health care technology and services sectors.

For more information visit www.surrey.ca/innovationboulevard

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For media inquiries:

Amanda Silvers
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
604-591-4519, ajsilvers@surrey.ca

For program information:

Donna Jones
Manager, Economic Development
City of Surrey
604-591-4289