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The arthritis community is changing rapidly. Advancements in technology, greater collaboration between stakeholders and an alarming increase in the number of new arthritis diagnoses are bringing both opportunities and challenges that were unforeseen even a decade ago. 

Now’s the time to expand our thinking and invest in the future of arthritis treatments and care.Target icon with a $5M in the middle

That’s why we launched the Innovation Fund in September 2021 with a goal of building and maintaining a $5-million fund to invest in the most game-changing advancements across our three pillars of Ignite Research, Social Impact and the Arthritis Ideator Program

Thank you to our generous supporters who are kickstarting this fund 

Diane Blake & Stephen Smith 
Andrew Branion 
The O’Sullivan Family 
Pfizer 

Meet the Executive Volunteers of our Innovation Fund Committee 

Sulemaan Ahmed

Sulemaan Ahmed
Principal, Servo Annex

Trish Barbato

Trish Barbato
President & CEO, Arthritis Society

Andrew Branion

Andrew Branion
CEO, ioticiti 

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Vikram Divdas
Entrepreneur and Investor  

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Martha Harrison
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault 

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Brent Norton
Venture Partner, Lumira Ventures

Come join us for the inaugural Arthritis Ideation DenTM on April 21, 2022.

The Arthritis Ideation Den will be a dynamic and engaging event that celebrates Canadian innovation from coast-to-coast. We will showcase finalists from our Arthritis Ideator Program submissions – the brightest innovators who are fighting the fire of arthritis while making Canada the new hub of arthritis innovation across the world. Join us live or virtually as we award four $50,000 grants to fund the most promising ideas, including a People’s Choice award where YOU can have a say in the future of arthritis care. Don’t miss out!

Interested in sponsoring the Arthritis Ideation Den? Contact Evan Creighton at ecreighton@arthritis.ca