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June 22, 2023



SickKids VS The Valley of Death

A new wave of venture philanthropists is pooling their money to fuel major medical discoveries. The return on their investment? Saving lives. Meet these changemakers plus the scientist behind a new way to diagnose brain tumours in kids. 



Stacey Kline, CEO of Otto Intelligence, co-founded the Breakthrough Fund.
Ben Gallacher co-founded Blue Deer Capital and the Breakthrough Fund.

Dr. Cynthia Hawkins is a Neuropathologist in the SickKids Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine and Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, at The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Dr. Cynthia Hawkins pitched her team’s research on liquid biopsies during the first Breakthrough Fund event.


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About the Host: Hannah Bank

As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.

Hannah Bank