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Zayna Khayat - MaRS Discovery District. Toronto, ON, CA

Zayna Khayat

Senior Advisor, Health System Innovation | MaRS Discovery District

Toronto, ON, CANADA

One of Canada's leading thinkers and "do-ers" in health innovation



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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


Elder Care

Health Care - Facilities

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Services

Laboratory Services

Management Consulting

Medical Devices

Medical Equipment / Supplies / Distribution

Medical/Dental Practice

Mental Health Care



VC and Private Equity

Areas of Expertise (12)

Health Innovation

Health Technologies

Health startups


Medical technology

Innovation adoption

Corporate Innovation

Innovation Capacity

Innovation Management



innovation hub

Education (2)

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

Affiliations (3)

  • Adjunct Professor in Health Sector Strategy, University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management
  • Innovation Sherpa in Chief, REshape Center, Radboudumc (Netherlands)
  • Faculty, Singularity University

Languages (4)

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Dutch

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.

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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?

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Dr. Robot Will See you Now

Toronto Star  print


Invited guest column in the Toronto Star on key trends in healthcare

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Event Appearances (2)

Exponential Entrepreneurship

Singularity University - Exponential Medicine  San Diego


A canadian perspective on digital health revolution

Hacking Health Camp  Straubourg, France


Articles (5)

Our healthcare system must adopt technologies created by Canadians

Canadian Healthcare Technology manager


Op Ed on the imperative for the Canadian health system to procure the innovations created domestically.

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How to Make Canada a Health Innovation Nation

Canadian Science Policy Conference


Op Ed as a lead up to the Canadian Science Policy Conference in 2016

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Social Media Networks can Help Boost Self Care and Improve Outcomes

Canadian Healthcare Technology Manager


Op Ed on the growing role and importance of social media networks in patient self care and self management in healthcare

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Dr. Robot Will See You Now

MaRS Discovery District


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.

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How will energy utilities capture the modern consumer?

MaRS Discovery District

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.

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