Fredericton, New Brunswick – The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) is reasserting its position as the lynchpin of the province’s health research ecosystem with the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Damon Goodwin.
“Our province has everything it needs to foster innovative research that informs decision-making and improves patient care in our province, in Canada and around the world,” Goodwin said. “The NBHRF is ready and able to bring all the necessary partners to the table as part of our mandate to coordinate, support and promote health research in New Brunswick. I am eager to work with our public and private partners to drive health research in our province that leads to a healthy population, a high performing health care system and a vibrant knowledge economy.”
A life-long resident of New Brunswick, Goodwin has worked for more than 25 years in the healthcare industry, including the last eight years as an international health care consultant. He has been involved with the launch of more than 20 multi-million-dollar products and has cultivated health research partnerships that have advanced patient outcomes across North America and in the European Union. He is active in his community, having served on several health-related boards, and volunteers his time as a 7th dan master instructor in Tae Kwon Do, working with youth across New Brunswick.
“Damon has deep experience supporting research through the coordination of unconventional partnerships within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries,” said NBHRF Board Chair Tracy Clinch. “His acumen in government relations and his track record in raising funds for public-private initiatives gives us great confidence that he can grow research capacity in the province, and we are looking forward to seeing results.”
Goodwin’s previous work in partnership with the NBHRF increased research capacity in New Brunswick and had a significant positive impact on health system changes that were successfully translated across Canada. As chief executive officer of Shaping Purpose in Saint John, Goodwin worked extensively with the Canadian Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs, defence contractors and a major financial institution to research and produce a transition program for medically released service members.
The NBHRF was created in July 2008 with a mandate to co-ordinate, support and promote health research in New Brunswick. The NBHRF is an independent organization governed by a board of directors composed of key stakeholders from the health research community in New Brunswick.
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