How innovation becomes reality, from the lab bench to the store shelf.
It can be easy to take for granted the myriad of products that improve our lives dramatically. However, the journey from a laboratory experiment to a real-world solution is often long and complicated. Along the path, businesses and scientists need to grapple with questions of ethics, applicability, and motivation. How can we synthesize the perspectives of different stakeholders to better understand the process of discovery and translation?

SPEAKER Lisa Kramer is a professor of Finance at the Department of Management at UTM, cross-appointed at IMI and the Rotman School of Management and the Department of Economics. Dr. Kramer will be looking at the issue of animal testing in biotechnology and drug development. We often hear arguments against testing on animals that speak to the cruelty or pain endured by animal subjects. Dr. Kramer will take a different perspective, sidestepping the philosophical question and asking whether it makes sense from a business perspective to test on animals. The answer might be surprising.

SPEAKER Leigh Revers is the Director of the Master’s of Biotechnology program at UTM. A trained biochemist with extensive experience in basic and applied research, Dr. Revers is also an entrepreneur who endeavours to translate innovative technologies into commercially viable solutions. Dr. Revers’ talk will be looking at his experiential journey throughout the biotechnology business as well as big moments in the industry from the last two decades. Dr. Revers will speak about the value of quality research and the transformation process of an initial idea into a commercially successful product.

SPEAKER Nicola Lacetera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at UTM, with a cross-appointment to the Strategic Management area at Rotman and to the Economics Department. Dr. Lacetera’s talk will focus on how the psychology of motivation and altruism interplay with the commercialisation of scientific research from a business standpoint. He will consider the perspectives of the various stakeholders involved, and decipher the role people’s incentives, motives and morals play in shaping the complex economics of scientific discovery.

PERFORMER Abhimanyu Joshi is a first year Master’s of Engineering student at U of T, specializing in aerospace engineering. At age 24, his marriage is with engineering, but his lifelong friendship is with Flamenco guitar. He has been studying classical guitar for 13 years, and holds a Diploma with Distinction in classical guitar performance from ABRSM. Most notably, he has been one of the lead guitarists for the Dubai Classical Guitar Orchestra in the United Arab Emirates. During his performance at SYNTHESIS he will be sharing a collection of guitar pieces written in the Flamenco style, which is a traditional dance style originating from Spain. What is unique about Flamenco music is the strong sense of rhythm and high level of technical rigor contained in the music. This program will explore several popular Flamenco musical forms, such as the ‘Guajiras’, ‘Rumba’, ‘Alegrias’, ‘Colombianas’, and finally two South American dance styles, known as the ‘Batucada’ and ‘Tango’.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019


5:30pm - 8:30pm


University of Toronto Mississauga
Council Chambers



Students: $10

Staff, Alumni and General Admission: $15
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