Meet the 2018 Hakim Prize winners and finalists

CLIC and Hakim Family Innovation Prize

Created in 2017 to promote clinical innovation Faculty-wide, the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) and the Dr. Ray Hakim Family Prize for Clinical Innovation in Health Care recognize McGill Faculty members, including learners and graduates, who conceive and develop novel ideas that aim to improve health care. Proposals submitted for the prize are screened, and finalists are selected and then invited to “pitch” their proposal during the McGill CLIC event that takes place each year. Winners are announced at the close of the competition.

The 1st place winner of McGill’s CLIC receives the prestigious Hakim Family Innovation Prize of $50,000, $10,000 of which is a monetary award and $40,000 is a credit for the development of proof of concept and preparation for commercialization or implementation, depending on the nature of the submission. Additionally, the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive monetary awards of $5,000 and $1,000, respectively.

The mission of McGill’s CLIC is to inspire members of our Faculty of Medicine community to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian or global health care. Proposals may be submitted by teams or individuals and should aim to improve health outcomes, access for patients, or health care efficiency or effectiveness.

Improvements may take different forms, for example:

  • Product innovation – devices, diagnostics and technology platforms
  • A clinical “1st” – new programs and procedures
  • Process innovation – new delivery models

Additional Benefits

In addition to the prestigious Hakim Family Innovation Prize of $50,000, 1st place winners gain access to expert support from the McGill Faculty of Medicine, its academic network and its extended community of alumni and friends, together with benefits such as:

  • Mentorship in multiple areas of expertise, e.g.,  business, legal, engineering, clinical
  • Intellectual Property (IP) legal support
  • Infrastructure to build a prototype or otherwise test the proposed innovation
  • Support developing a proof of concept
  • Access to the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning
  • Exposure and introduction to decision- and policy-makers, potential funders, entrepreneurs and other key enablers

About the Judging Panel

The McGill CLIC panel of judges is comprised of leaders in clinical care, academia, industry, engineering and business. CLIC judges are confirmed each year.

Eligibility & Timeline
Proposal and Finalist “Pitch” Criteria

The Hakim Family Innovation Prize has been made possible thanks to the vision and support of Dr. Ray Hakim, MDCM, PhD, McGill alumnus, and distinguished leader and professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee and co-founder of the Renal Care Group Inc. The McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) is largely inspired by McGill Chair, Department of Surgery, Dr. Gerald Fried, who created the successful Surgical Innovation Program and competition.

All questions and proposals must be submitted to demetra.kafantaris [at]


A proof of concept plan should address how the proposed product or service will support business goals. It should include clearly defined criteria for success, documentation for how the proof of concept will be carried out, an evaluation component and a proposal for how to move forward should the proof of concept prove to be successful. Developing such a plan is an important step in determining how an envisioned product or service will ultimately be delivered to users with the fewest number of flaws. (

Commercialization is the process by which a new product or service is introduced into the general market. The process of commercialization is broken into phases, from the initial introduction of the product through its mass production and adoption. It takes into account the production, distribution, marketing, sales and customer support required to achieve commercial success. (

Implementation includes, for example, knowledge translation and other forms of implementation that extend the innovation and its benefits to a broad group to improve outcomes or access for patients or to reduce health care costs. Knowledge translation is defined as a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)