Dr. Zayna Khayat is senior advisor in health system innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a global innovation hub in Toronto helping reimagine the futures of health, energy, work & learning and commerce. In 2017 she is on secondment from MaRS to the REshape Health Innovation Center at Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Zayna’s mission is to help healthcare systems adopt health innovations that improve public health, improve health system performance, and also drive the new health economy. Dr. Khayat is also adjunct professor in health sector strategy at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. She is also Faculty with Singularity University. Zayna was previously director of development at the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Prior to this, she had an 11-year career in strategy consulting in the global health and life sciences sector, first with the Boston Consulting Group’s Toronto office from 2001 to 2010, and then as an associate principal with SECOR/KPMG. She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, with a focus on insulin action and diabetes. Zayna lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
Industry Expertise (15)
Health and Wellness
Health Care - Facilities
Health Care - Providers
Health Care - Services
Medical Equipment / Supplies / Distribution
Mental Health Care
VC and Private Equity
Areas of Expertise (12)
University of Toronto: Ph.D., Biochemistry 2001
Focus on cell biology of insulin - how insulin works in the muscle cells and how/why it does not work in Type 2 diabetes. Training was at Sickkids Hospital in Toronto in the Division of Cell Biology.
University of Windsor: B.Sc., Biochemistry 1996
President's Medalist - all around top graduate of the University in 1996
Board of Governor's Medalist - top graduate of the Biochemistry Department in 1996
- Adjunct Professor in Health Sector Strategy, University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management
- Innovation Sherpa in Chief, REshape Center, Radboudumc (Netherlands)
- Faculty, Singularity University
Media Appearances (3)
Senior advisor, Health System Innovation
MaRS Discovery District tv
On this edition of The Point, Dr. Zayna Khayat from MaRS Health explains how this hub of innovation supports Canada's entrepreneurs.
Six Areas of Health Innovation
Artur Olesch blog (Poland) online
Zayna Khayat was asked by the journalist to answer 1 question: What kind of innovations can accelerate positive changes in health care?
Dr. Robot Will See you Now
Toronto Star print
Invited guest column in the Toronto Star on key trends in healthcare
Event Appearances (2)
Singularity University - Exponential Medicine San Diego
A canadian perspective on digital health revolution
Hacking Health Camp Straubourg, France
Op Ed on the imperative for the Canadian health system to procure the innovations created domestically.
Op Ed as a lead up to the Canadian Science Policy Conference in 2016
Op Ed on the growing role and importance of social media networks in patient self care and self management in healthcare
Article in Issue 2 of the MaRS magazine, an issue dedicated to the theme of "Future of Health". This article is about how people-powered healthcare is being enabled by democratized access by patients to their own personal health data.
A co-authored blog in the MaRS Blog series, drawing insights from the consumerization of the health sector, to explore what that might mean for the modern consumer of energy, and implications for utilities companies.