Class of 2014

In the third year of the OBI Entrepreneurs Program, the OBI partnered with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to provide funding for six outstanding candidates.  In addition, all selected entrepreneurs received advice and support from our external network of experts and mentors, as well as a rich variety of training and networking opportunities.  Watch the highlights from their pitches here.
Please see below for the short description of each entrepreneur and their project.

Ruslan Dorfman

Ruslan is a PhD graduate in molecular genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and an MBA graduate from the Rotman School of Management.


Marc Fiume

Marc is a Ph.D candidate from the Computer Science department at the University of Toronto, where he first developed MedSavant, a platform based on big data analytics technologies that will allow genetic researchers of all computer capabilities to search, analyze, annotate, and organize datasets.

The DNAStack team has recently completed the launch of their website and are currently working on developing a cloud-based prototype with their partner DNANexus.


DNAStack website

Asim Siddiqi

Asim is a recent double M.Sc and M.Eng graduate in Neuroscience and product design from McMaster University.

Adrian Wydra

Adrian has an M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland and an M.Sc in Physics from the University of Windsor.  

Ron Gonzalez

Ron has a Ph.D in neurophysiology from York University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Avertus Epilepsy Technologies website


Salam Gabran 

Salam has a MA.Sc and Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Salam has a MA.Sc and Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo.

  Novela is a spin-off created from technologies of the Centre for Integrated RF Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  Over the next few months, Salam will create a website and other marketing materials to engage potential customers and industrial partners. 

Novela Inc. website