Dr. Camila Londoño is the interim Director of the Science Discovery Zone at Ryerson University. She obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc) in Engineering Science in 2008 from the University of Toronto. After taking two years off to explore the world, she joined Professor Alison McGuigan‘s Engineering Advanced Health Technologies lab at the University of Toronto in 2010, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2016. During her Ph.D., she showed tremendous leadership in a number of areas, and she was honored with a 2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto. This award recognizes students in their graduating year who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to the university.
In terms of commercialization and technology transfer, Camila has a wealth of experience over the last 3 years. Before completing her Ph.D., in the summer/fall of 2015, Camila served as a Business Development and Communications Intern within the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). In this role, she developed grant proposals, advised startups, and coordinated events. She followed this experience with an advisory role at the UofT Entrepreneurship Hatchery in the summer of 2016, where she helped teams with research, pitching and business model canvas development. In the Fall of 2016, Camila joined the Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) as a program coordinator. In this leadership role, she helped to shape the direction of the SDZ by collaboratively developing strategy for our Zone and the companies in it. After spending 6 months with the SDZ in the Fall of 2017, Camila joined Mitacs as a business development specialist. In this role (held at the University of Toronto), she reviewed and analysed grant proposals in a variety of disciplines for feasibility, novelty, and scientific merit and she built a strong network of academics and industry clients/partners. In the summer of 2018, she came back to the SDZ to oversee two industry partnerships and she became the interim Director in the fall of 2018.