A program designed to launch your medical device manufacturing CAMEDA enables Ontario-based medical device companies to develop manufacturing capacity and know-how in Canada, by leveraging expertise and facilities from leading contract development and manufacturing organizations, including: Cortex Design, Inertia Product Development, Ironstone Product Development, Linamar, MegaLab Group, and Microart Services. The CAMEDA program delivered by Innovation Factory, in partnership with the Synapse Consortium.
Leverage more with CAMEDA
Through the SOPHIE grant program, you can leverage up to $100,000 in matching funds to launch collaborative projects and acquire clinical and research expertise, evidence, or data to develop and commercialize your life science products and solutions. SOPHIE helps you access the facilities, expertise and infrastructure of world-class academic and clinical institutions within the Hamilton, Ontario ecosystem.
Synapse Life Science Consortium
Partnerships that unlock opportunities
CAMEDA is a medtech commercialization catalyst program, leveraging the expertise of Canada’s leading medical contract development and manufacturing organizations to scale innovative technologies being produced by life science firms across Ontario. Our partnerships accelerate manufacturing efforts, enabling health-tech innovators to advance their regulatory approvals, conduct clinical trials, and undertake initial batch manufacturing.
VP, Life Sciences
Alex leads Synapse’s efforts to facilitate the commercialization of innovation across Hamilton’s life sciences ecosystem. In this capacity he supports innovators and entrepreneurs to succeed in Canada’s most dynamic research and education health cluster. Through Synapse, Alex is focused on raising the profile of Hamilton and attracting new companies and investments to the city.
Born in Ottawa and raised in Hamilton, Alex is a proud Hamiltonian who is passionate about contributing to his home town’s economic development and prosperity. Prior to joining Synapse, he worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Deloitte Consulting (in both Canada and US) and most recently the Massachusetts Health Connector.
Program Manager, Life Science
As Program Manager of the SOPHIE and HEALTHI programs, Alek works to support all companies and institutions that make up the Hamilton Life Science Cluster. Alek is driven by helping life science companies commercialize their innovative products. He supports healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs that are in late stages of commercialization and in need of financing to get to technology validation and first sale. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Alek has an Armenian background. Alek holds a BSc (Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa and has previously worked with healthcare technology startups and medical device companies in product development and data analytics.
Program Coordinator, Life Sciences
Brandon McIntyre began working at Innovation Factory in 2023 and is an experienced graduate researcher and teaching assistant. Brandon has over a decade of experience working in the Canadian Armed Forces where he has led, instructed, and managed a variety of teams demonstrating a capacity to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team. Brandon is an accomplished academic researcher in both wet and dry lab environments where he employed strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Brandon holds a Master’s of Science degree in Biology from McMaster University, and a Honours Biomedical Sciences degree from Brock University. In addition to working for the Canadian Armed forces Brandon enjoys camping, exercising, board games, and spending time with family and friends.