TEC Edmonton welcomes Dr. Sharon Barker, MBA as the new Director of the TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator (TEC HA). In her new role, Sharon will be responsible for leading the next evolution of the Health Accelerator to foster the growth of Alberta biotechnology companies and strengthen the link between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the needs of Alberta Health Services (AHS).
“The TEC Health Accelerator fulfills an important role in Alberta’s innovation ecosystem,” said Marc Leduc, Senior Provincial Director within the Research, Innovation and Analytics portfolio at Alberta Health Services. “Sharon’s experience with [Johnson and Johnson], combined with her passion and skills, will only expand the ability of our clinicians to improve the health of Albertans.”
Prior to joining TEC Edmonton, Sharon was the Medical Science Liaison with Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceuticals Canada) where she worked with clinicians on the adoption of innovative medicines in healthcare. Sharon brings a range of experience in health and medical innovation having previously held roles in academic medical research, technology transfer and industry support, and business development with Alberta SMEs.
About TEC Edmonton
TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator helping emerging technology companies grow successfully. As a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, TEC Edmonton operates the Edmonton region’s largest accelerator for early-stage technology companies and manages commercialization of University of Alberta technologies.
Since 2011, TEC clients have generated $915M in revenue, raised $444M in financing and funding, invested 246M in R&D, and grown both revenue and employment by 20 per cent per year and now employ over 1,900 people in the region. TEC has assisted in the creation of 27 spin-off companies from the University of Alberta in the last six years.