|Executive Director of Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at University of Alberta|
Deborah James, BSc (Pharm), PhD, is Executive Director of Innovation for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta. With more than 15 years of academic-executive and consulting experience, Dr. James works extensively across the public and private sector to bridge, create and implement large-scale initiatives that demonstrate value to care providers, academia and industry. Her particular interests are in precision diagnostics, point of care testing, digital health, and how new disruptive technologies are substantially changing healthcare delivery. Dr. James leads the Faculty’s Precision Health initiative that is founded on access to and analysis of robust health data, and bringing new health innovations to market and/or adoption. Dr. James received her degree in clinical pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta (1989) and completed her PhD (1996) studying the neuro-immunological basis of airways disease. She has taught extensively in therapeutics, toxicology, pharmacology, immunology and disease mechanisms.