Join The Ideation Clinic™ for a special Hack & Huddle!

Ever wanted to learn how to “hack” an idea? Here’s your chance.

In this session, the Clinic Directors, Dr. Joseph Ferenbok and Ateeya Manzoor, will moderate a talk with a special guest, Dr. Soror Sharifpoor, the Director of Strategy & Translation at Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research within University Health Network.

You will then have an opportunity to Hack-Your-Idea in facilitated breakout rooms. Ideators will be given a chance to present to the special guest and moderators for feedback.

In addition, community announcements will be shared where you can hear about grants, funding, and opportunities for collaboration as well as upcoming programs and challenges.

This is your chance to learn how to ideate, expand your network and get creative.

Huddles are back and better than ever! Networking lounge opens at 3:30pm.


Meet the Speakers:

Dr. Soror Sharifpoor

Director of Strategy & Translation, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

University Health Network

Dr. Soror Sharifpoor is the Director of Strategy & Translation at the Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) within the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. She joined TBEP in 2017 and has been involved in the fostering and implementation of sustainable research plans, successful partnerships, scientific and clinical translation strategies, an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and multifaceted training programs in the cardiovascular health sector.

She is also the co-founder of Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO), where she has been facilitating research translation and start-up creation. Launched in 2018, ECHO is a national entrepreneurship training and mentorship program for innovators of cardiovascular technologies.

Dr. Sharifpoor has over 15 years of academic and industrial experience in the fields of biomaterials, biomedical engineering, and regenerative medicine, specializing in cardiovascular and soft tissue research and innovation. From 2016 to 2020, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Polumiros Inc., a biomaterials start-up company that she co-founded. While at Polumiros, she led the development of a novel immunomodulatory polymer platform technology and was pivotal to fundraising as well as regulatory and commercialization strategy development. Prior to joining Polumiros, she served as an associate research engineer at Interface Biologics Inc., where she was involved in the commercialization of innovative biomaterials for improving the efficacy of medical devices and targeted drug delivery.

Dr. Sharifpoor received her Bachelors at the University of Toronto (Engineering Science – Biomedical Engineering major), her Masters at Queen’s University (Chemical Engineering) and her PhD at the University of Toronto (Biomedical Engineering). She has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards, most notably FACIT’s Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award and the Norman F. Moody Award for Academic Excellence

Ateeya Manzoor

Executive Director & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Ideation Clinic

Ateeya Manzoor began working in the incubator space in 2008, before incubators exist as we know them today. She strongly believes that all ideas have value and has worked throughout her career to champion innovation in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Ms. Manzoor has worked with multi-national financial institutions, healthcare institutions, technology companies, private equity groups and incubators in Toronto, Silicon Valley, London, Honolulu and Nassau, (Bahamas) and San Juan (Costa Rica). During her career tenure, Ms. Manzoor’s portfolio has included 94% of TSX listed income and real estate investment trusts, national banks, listed healthcare and technology companies, global engineering consulting firms, global property developers and more. She has successfully launched over 45 technology and healthcare startups.

In 2008, Ms. Manzoor founded her own health incubator, which exists today as Cognosco Noor Ltd., with offices in London and Toronto. She has shared a stage with Apple’s Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice. In addition, she has been a speaker at Sunnybrook Hospital, the University Health Network, Schulich School of Business, Ted Rogers School of Management, and helped shape curriculum for Ideation, Leadership Studies, DBT-informed mental health courses.

Ms. Manzoor’s commitment to realizing potential extends to her philanthropic work, where she has a particular focus on mental health and neuroscience initiatives, bio-hacking, psychedelic research and the plight of environmental refugees. When not in the boardroom or classroom, Ms. Manzoor can be found with her Cavapoo, Lanikai, in Toronto, London or Tulum.

Ateeya is currently at the Translational Research Program in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Dr. Joseph Ferenbok


Translational Research Program, University of Toronto

Dr. Joseph Ferenbok has an eclectic background that includes aspects of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, design, english literature, philosophy, engineering, computer science, humanities, biology, art history, surgery, and psychiatry.

He is the founding Director of the Translational Research Program (TRP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The TRP is a graduate program focused on training interdisciplinary trainees to systematically apply scientific knowledge to improve medicine, health & care.

Dr. Ferenbok is an unconventional academic who loves to generate ideas to solve complex unwieldy problems. He is a pioneer in the translational community as co-founder and Associate Director of the Health Innovation Hub, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s venture accelerator on health matters; and the Director of Education for Medical Innovations Toronto, a Eureka Translational Medicine Institute global HUB partner.

Dr. Ferenbok lives in Toronto with his family and dog Max.

This fall, learners will have five unique opportunities to hack healthcare ideas. Work on current needs in health innovation, learn about ideation, make meaningful connections and gain access to colleagues, peers and mentors across disciplines.

Hack & Huddles are experiential learning sessions, designed to spark inspiration, collaboration, and to teach learners how hack ideas.

Hack & Huddles are bi-monthly, experiential learning sessions, designed to spark inspiration, collaboration, and to teach learners how hack ideas in healthcare.

Sessions are structured as follows:


A talk with a special guest, moderated by Dr. Joseph Ferenbok & Ateeya Manzoor, representing academia and industry, respectively. Each talk is designed to spark creativity and teach learners about one aspect of ideation, using our evidence-based framework, the Ideation Key.

Hear from experienced healthcare professionals, Chief Executive Officers, Directors, Deans, VPs of Innovation, and more as they share their experience as innovators in healthcare. Past speakers have included key opinion leaders and world experts in healthcare, ranging from academia, industry, government, research institutes, patient advocacy groups, a Pulitzer prize nominee and more.


Learners will be split into facilitated breakout rooms, lead by mentors and Ideation Clinic team members where they can “hack” an idea and work on problem sets inspired by the talk.


Learners may share their idea hacks with the special guest, moderators and community for feedback.

Community Announcements

Learn about grants, funding, and opportunities for collaboration as well as upcoming programs and challenges.