President | Principal Consultant
Business Development, Sales
Innovation & IP/Patent Strategy
Stage-Gate Product Development
Lean Six Sigma Design for Innovation
TECH SECTOR EXPERTISE
Materials & Advanced Manufacturing
Medical Devices, Health IT
IoT, Connected Smart Cities
Polymers, Plastics, Coatings, Composites
Rina Carlini is an accomplished business executive with 25 years of experience in science and technology innovation, product development & commercialization and developing new tech ventures in the areas of medical devices & health IT, life sciences, advanced materials, nanotechnology, and cleantech. Her professional experience spans diverse industries and leadership roles, including pharma drug discovery R&D (Merck, Syntex); Xerox Innovation Group (Canada) as Director for Nanotechnology and Xerox Global Tech Incubator Network; in cleantech as Director of Commercialization at GreenCentre Canada, as Executive-in-Residence at Cloud DX, a digital health and medical device company, and as President & CEO of Haltech Regional Innovation Centre where she helped tech startups transform to viable, growing ventures. Rina is the Founder and President of Optimal Innovation Group Inc., a tech innovation consultancy she established in 2012, which specializes in helping tech startups commercialize and go to market, as well advise established companies on scaleup growth.
Rina’s academic credentials includes a B.Sc. Honors degree from Concordia University, a Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo (Science), where she was the recipient of 1998 Alumni Gold Medal. In 2017, she was recognized as the University of Waterloo 60th Anniversary Science Alumni of Honor Award. Rina is certified in Business Model Innovation (Harvard University), Executive Management (DeGroote School of Business), Technology Commercialization and Lean Six Sigma Design for Innovation. As the inventor of more than 100 US issued patents, Rina has extensive expertise in IP and patent strategy, and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed research articles and conference papers and delivered seminars on product development, technology commercialization and professional development for graduates in the STEM fields. She is deeply committed to helping tech companies, especially women in science and technology, achieve business success through her mentoring work and her service as a board member for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, DeGroote School of Business Executive Education Board, Concordia University Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science, and as an expert reviewer on several Canadian and Ontario grant funding committees such as NSERC, CFI, OCE and MaRS.