Engineering, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
June 9, 2022 — 12:45-2:00 p.m.
In this session, Cristian Scurtescu, P.Eng., will share his entrepreneurship story from the founding of SmileSonica Inc in 2008 to the present. He will highlight how his engineering education and work experience provided him with the necessary foundation to become a technology entrepreneur.
Scurtescu will review the main lessons learned while developing innovative, multidisciplinary medical device technologies from concept to clinical trials, to quality-management-system certifications and regulatory approvals, to commercial-scale manufacturing, and to selling to clinics and patients across Canada. Cristian’s take-home message for the audience is that any engineer can become an entrepreneur and start their own technology-based company if they have the desire and motivation to follow this path. It is not easy or quick, and it is risky, but if successful, it is impactful for society and rewarding for the entrepreneur. If unsuccessful, the experience gained is priceless.