MBiotech Class of 2011: Shantanu Mittal

Shantanu MittalMBiotech Class of 2011: Shantanu Mittal
Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Shantanu is a Business Development Manager at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a provincially funded organization that supports innovation and industry-academic collaboration in Ontario. This role gives him the opportunity to work with companies developing innovative technologies in many sectors, including advanced health, and support them in commercialization through helping secure funding and developing academic collaborations. 

Prior to OCE, Shantanu worked as the Program and Communications Officer at the Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre in Mississauga. This internship, which he secured through the MBiotech Program, introduced him to the world of entrepreneurship and innovation. He was able to work with entrepreneurs and assist them in developing business plans and investor presentations. By being part of a small team, he was also able to contribute significantly to the growth of the organization, which is now the third largest commercialization centre in the province. 

Shantanu says the MBiotech Program gave him skills that are critical in the workplace and that he applies everyday. One of these skills he developed, that is in high demand today, is the ability to evaluate a technical innovation through the lens of commercialization. The Program also gave him the opportunity to get involved in competitions like the Venture Capital Investment Case (VCIC) competition and learn about investment analysis, another skill that forms the basis for his job today. 

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