Dalhousie University’s Lab2Market Program Prioritizes Commercialization Growth for Women in Research

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (Halifax, NS)Applications for the Winter 2022 Lab2Market Halifax cohort are now open. The 16-week program will equip graduate and post-doctorate researchers with the skills required to assess the commercial opportunity for their research and translate it beyond the doors of university laboratories. 


Led by Dalhousie University and the I-INC Network, Lab2Market is part of a suite of programs offered through Dal Innovates that help deliver innovation and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to students, faculty, and alumni. Participating teams in Lab2Market’s Halifax cohort are also provided support from Mitacs and Springboard Atlantic. 

In addition to the program’s curriculum, the Winter 2022 cohort will offer a stream focused on developing women in research with tailored program delivery and mentorship. Applications will be open to all Atlantic Canadian graduate students, PhD’s, and post-doctorates, with priority given to women in research.  

“At Lab2Market, we work with students and academics to help them better understand the commercial potential of their research,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. “We know that in Atlantic Canada, just 14 percent of startups are female-led, this is disproportionate to the number of women in graduate programs who have ideas that are suitable for commercialization. Dal Innovate’s Lab2Market program is intended to help bridge this gap.” 

Teams will consist of three members, a student in the role of Entrepreneurial Lead, an academic supervisor in the role of Technical Lead and an Industry Mentor, who will work together to validate their ideas through customer discovery to find commercial value in market, supported by $15,000 in funding. 

The Winter 2022 Program kicks off on February 1, 2022. Interested applicants from Atlantic Canada are invited to apply at lab2market.ca/apply before October 18, 2021.  


About Lab2Market

Lab2Market supports researchers who foresee impact and potential commercial value in their deep tech research, by providing opportunities and exposure to help commercialize their intellectual property. The program is developed and led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University, the University of Manitoba and Ryerson University, and leverages the national I-INC network. Learn more at www.lab2market.ca.

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of the university’s 20,000-plus students coming from outside the province. Dal’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community, one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $194 million in research annually. Part of a cluster identified as one of the world’s top international centres in ocean research, the university proudly celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018. 

Ryerson University Announces the Launch of Their Second Lab2Market (L2M) Toronto Cohort

News From Lab2Market

Delivered by Ryerson University, Lab2Market Toronto has launched its second cohort consisting of 23 talented research teams from 8 universities across the nation working on a diverse range of projects within the deep tech ecosystem.


Toronto, May 18th, 2021 – Since the successful conclusion of Ryerson’s first Lab2Market (L2M) Cohort last year, the L2M Toronto team has been eagerly awaiting the launch of its second cohort. On May 11th, 2021 Ryerson University welcomed 23 teams led by promising researchers from institutions across Canada. These universities include Ryerson University, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s University, York University, and Western University.  

Just like the geographical spread of this cohort, the team’s projects are equally diverse with technologies focusing on life sciences and advanced health, transportation, advanced materials and manufacturing, education, agriculture, food and beverage, clean technology, energy optimization, mining, virtual reality, biotechnology and more. To meet our cohort participants, please see the table below.

Through the L2M Program, these teams will take charge of their research and dive into their own entrepreneurial journey. With the support of the L2M staff and instructors, the teams will learn the tools and frameworks that organize the process of bringing an idea to fruition. From customer insights, pitching, financing to market research, by the end of the four months, the teams will have unlocked their potential in research commercialization.

Ryerson University is currently delivering the program through iBoost Canada, an early-stage technology incubator and one of ten Learning Zones at the institution. Ryerson University and iBoost Canada are both honoured to be a part of this nationwide initiative in empowering this growing pool of bright and talented Canadian researchers and fostering entrepreneurship across Canada.

Meet the Teams

Afshin AbrishamkarMcMaster UniversityPrintable/sprayable anti-infective/anti-fouling coatings made of biomedical-grade polymers.
Alex Dela CruzRyerson UniversityPortable concussion detection system.
Angelica CampigottoQueen’s UniversityIntraocular pressure monitoring contact lens via embedded microfluidic channels.
Christian MeleUniversity of WaterlooForm-fitting wearable sensor matrix for the detection and prevention of pressure ulcer formation.
Daniel GiguereWestern UniversityAutomated cloud-based workflows for in-house DNA sequencing.
Daniella MarxRyerson UniversityNovel bone cement for sternal fixation.
David RaveenthrarajanRyerson UniversityAccelerated maturation of rye spirits.
Dayna MikkelsenMcMaster UniversityA combination host-pathogen rapid diagnostic technology for decentralized monitoring of respiratory infections.
Fatima LukmaniRyerson UniversityChemo-ID – A drug-protein interactome for identifying potential drug targets in-situ.
Iwona SokalskaRyerson UniversityOpenSailAssets: A platform for registering digital content and creating smart contracts.
Joel RamjistRyerson UniversitySilicone embedded fiber-optic sensor for pulse-waveform monitoring and cardiovascular disease assessment.
Kyle CheungRyerson UniversityPositive pombe: engineering antidepressant molecules in fission yeast.
Leonard FinneyOntario Tech UniversityDevelopment of a commercially viable copper-chlorine hydrogen production pilot plant.
Md Ibrahim AdhamOntario Tech UniversityHybrid battery management system to supply economic energy storage solutions in ultra-cold climates for electric vehicles.
Mustafaa WahabMcMaster UniversityMaCough: A device for non-invasive cough monitoring.
Nabanita NawarUniversity of TorontoHDAX Therapeutics: A drug discovery platform aimed to tackle unmet healthcare needs.
Olaoluwa [Joseph] OjoOntario Tech UniversityReindeere: Semi-autonomous delivery robots and remote pilots.
Patrick DiepUniversity of TorontoProspecting nature’s metal scavenging machinery to profit from cleaning mine effluents.
Ralph Christian Delos SantosRyerson UniversityThe heterologous production of heme and heme-related derivatives in microorganisms via fermentation.
Saba MiriYork UniversityCold active Enzyme Booster Technology (EnBooT®) for decontamination of petroleum hydrocarbons.
Sarah VollmerYork UniversityUnobtrusive sensory perception modalities in mixed reality experiences.
Sk Sami Al JabarOntario Tech UniversityIntelligent Query and Learning System (IQLS).
Yuta DobashiUniversity of TorontoHydrogel Endovascular Adaptive BioExtrusion System (HEABES) as a new platform for minimally invasive personal medicine.

Lab2Market

The Lab2Market program is Canada’s national-level research commercialization program led by Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, and Memorial University. Lab2Market is made possible with support from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Mitacs as well as the Ocean Startup Project and Ocean Supercluster.

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Dalhousie Announces Third Lab2Market Cohort Featuring 23 Teams from Across Canada

News From Dalhousie University

Monday, March 15, 2021 (Halifax, NS) – Dalhousie University is pleased to announce the launch of Lab2Market (L2M) – Halifax’s Winter 2021 cohort, which will include 23 teams from 11 universities across Canada. This cohort will include research in areas including pharmacology, plant science, chemical and petroleum engineering, and neuroscience, and will explore topics such as sustainable energy recovery, archaeological data automation, and driver drowsiness technology.


The 16-week program will equip graduate and post-doctorate researchers with the skills required to assess the commercial opportunity for their research and translate it beyond the doors of university laboratories. Teams will focus on validating their ideas through customer discovery to find commercial value in market.

“Dalhousie University is pleased to be offering our third cohort of Lab2Market in Halifax, and fifth cohort nationally with our partners at Ryerson University and Memorial University,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. “After the Fall 2020 cohort, we saw 85% of participants identify that their research had commercial potential with 91% interested in starting their own company. This demonstrates the value of this program in supporting our researchers to think like entrepreneurs.” 

Participants will be provided with hands-on support, access to mentorship, a tailored curriculum, and the opportunity to receive $15,000.00 in funding. Each research team includes three participants: the graduate student or post-doctorate fellow, the applicant’s supervisor or primary investigator, and an industry mentor from a related business sector.  

“As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, I’m entering the program to gain knowledge and skills to translate my research into a marketable product,” said Dr. Rafaela Andrade-Vieira of Dalhousie University, who is participating in Lab2Market to support the development of a muscle performance molecular test. “I look forward to meeting fellow entrepreneurs, and senior leaders and welcome the opportunity to build connections with others interested in health science to create and innovate.”

Participating teams stem from Dalhousie University, Memorial University, University of Ottawa, University of Calgary, Ryerson University, McGill University, University of Victoria, University of New Brunswick, McMaster University, Saint Mary’s University, University of Toronto representing the widest range of participating postsecondary institutions to date. 

The program is based on the successful I-Corps program in the United States, and the ICURe program in the United Kingdom. Led by Dalhousie University, Ryerson University, and Memorial University, funding to participating teams is provided with support from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Mitacs as well as the Ocean Startup Project.

Lab2Market is one of a suite of offerings from Dal Innovates that helps deliver innovation and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to students. Teams can go on to participate in the Ready2Launch accelerator, which is an intensive 3-month pre-accelerator to help teams advance and spin-out new start-ups.

To date, Lab2Market has graduated 68 teams from cohorts across Halifax, Toronto, and St. John’s with a focus on health technology and innovation. Interested future applicants can find more information at lab2market.ca.

The Teams

TechnologyUniversityTeam
AttentionTrip: A video-game-like cognitive assessment tool. Dalhousie UniversityColin McCormick
Dr. Raymond Klein
Recycled plastic waste to create different forms of Sustainable Sandwich Structures (SSS) for use in construction. Dalhousie University Raghad Kassab
Dr. Pedram Sadeghian
Carvacrol-incorporated Honibe lozenges for the management of bacterial sore throat.Dalhousie UniversityNiluni Wijesundara
Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe
Tunable, High Throughput UV Exposure Device to support Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and oxidation technologies for surfaces and fluids.Dalhousie UniversitySean MacIsaac
Dr. Graham Gagnon 
Highly sensitive sensors with applications in the healthcare industry.Dalhousie UniversityAlireza Ghasemi Ghodrat
Dr. Ghada Koleilat
A muscle performance molecular test to provide detection of patient recovery and risk stages both in and out of hospital.Dalhousie UniversityDr. Rafaela Andrade-Vieira
Dr. James Fawcett
Downstream processing for fish-derived peptide bioproducts.Dalhousie University/   Verschuren Centre for SustainabilitySubin Rajendran
Dr. Beth Mason
Anthocyanin-based healthy food products and ingredients to boost immunity and manage inflammation-based chronic disorders.Dalhousie University Surangi Dharmawansa
Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe
3D-Printing for Remote Industries (3DPRI) focuses on the needs of industries working in remote areas, such as the offshore and oil and gas industries.Dalhousie UniversityAlireza Vahedi Nemani
Dr. Ali Nasiri
Weather-based predictor of cannabinoid metabolites (CBD &THC) in hemp crops.McGill UniversityDr. Dina Saleh
Dr. Donald Smith
An intraocular injectable platform for long-term treatment of retinal diseases.McMaster UniversityDr. Karim Soliman
Dr. Heather Sheardown
A numerical tool to provide solutions for advanced numerical analysis of geotechnical engineering problems.Memorial UniversityJin Chen
Dr. Bipul Hawlader
An autonomous defect recognition and correction (AIDRAC) system for robotic welding and additive
manufacturing using digital image correlation and machine learning.
Memorial University Salar Salahi
Dr. Ali Nasiri
A mobile soil-flushing and enhanced oxidation (MSFEOP) system for the remediation of petroleum
brownfields.
Memorial UniversityDr. Bo Liu
Dr. Bing Chen
Lipopeptide production using fish waste as substrate.Memorial UniversityDr. Zhiwen Zhu
Dr. Baiyu Zhang
Microfluidic Hydrogel-based biomolecule detection through the development of a device for rapid, inexpensive, and portable point-of-care diagnostics.Ryerson University Adrian Nash
Dr. Dae Kun Hwang
Automated driver drowsiness control technology using artificial intelligence-based decision support system.Ryerson University/ University of TorontoDr. Vahid Abolhasannejad
Dr. Birsen Donmez
Dr. Mohammad Abdoli-Eramaki
Designing a novel class of super-antioxidant cell-protectants from carbon nanotubes functionalized with natural phyto-phenols.St. Mary’s University/Mount Saint Vincent UniversityLázaro Andrés Castanedo
Dr. Chérif F. Matta
Sustainable development of late-life post- Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) reservoirs for energy recovery.University of CalgaryPachari Detpunyawat 
Dr. Ian Gates
STRATUM: A Digital Archaeological Field Notes Tool:
Mobile platform geared toward use by field technicians and project managers.
University of New BrunswickDr. Cora Woolsey
Dr. Scott Bateman
Parallelization of solid-state nanopores for high-throughput digital biosensing.University of OttawaDr. Kyle Briggs
Dr. Vincent Tabard-Cossa
Point-of-care breath and saliva analysis for early stage disease diagnosis.University of TorontoDr. Moein Shayegannia 
Dr. Nazir Kherani
Augmented reality navigation assistant for sailboats.University of VictoriaDr. Eduard Wisernig
Dr. Bruce Kapron
More information can be found at lab2market.ca. 

About Dalhousie University:

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of the university’s 20,000-plus students coming from outside the province. Dal’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community, one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $181 million in research annually. Part of a cluster identified as one of the world’s top international centres in ocean research, the university proudly celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018.

About Lab2Market

Lab2Market supports researchers who foresee impact and potential commercial value in their deep tech research, by providing opportunities and exposure to help commercialize their intellectual property. The program is developed and led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University, and Ryerson University, and leverages the national I-INC network. Learn more at www.lab2market.ca.

About Ready2Launch

Ready2Launch supports start-up teams who have identified a customer opportunity from the Lab2Market program in building the capacity they need to identify a viable business model, launch their venture, and reach their next developmental milestone. I-INC will offer a Ready2Launch summer accelerator for students and researchers across Canada with the goal of launching sustainable and scalable companies within 6 months of completing the program. Learn more at https://ready2launch.ca/.

About I-INC

The Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected network of high-performance university-linked accelerators and incubators. I-INC creates an ecosystem for the efficient commercialization of University-based and science and technology-enabled innovation. Founded in 2014, the network has expanded to include 13 universities across Canada. Learn more at www.iincanada.ca.

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University teams complete inaugural Lab2Market Oceans cohort

News From Oceans Startup Project

HALIFAX, November 5, 2020 – Seventeen teams from three universities have graduated from the first-ever Lab2Market Oceans cohort. Beginning mid-September, the teams spent seven weeks taking virtual training to learn techniques to assess their research and ways to move it out of university laboratories. 


“We knew Canadian researchers were pursuing innovative research that, if commercialized, could tackle some of the world’s most pressing ocean-related issues. This Lab2Market Oceans cohort proved that it is true,” said Donald Grant, Executive Director at the Ocean Startup Project. “Based on what we saw and what they learned, we expect many of these teams to go on to commercialize their research and we look forward to welcoming more teams to benefit from Lab2Market in 2021.”

The spring 2020 national call for applications led the Ocean Startup Project to select 17 teams with research that spanned ocean sciences, engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, electrical engineering and computer sciences, and oceanography. The successful teams chosen to participate in the inaugural Lab2Market Oceans cohort included one team from the University of Prince Edward Island, three teams from Dalhousie University and 13 teams from Memorial University.

All 17 teams were three-person teams involving: a research applicant from a Canadian university; the applicant’s university supervisor or principal investigator; and, an industry mentor from a related business sector. The industry mentors connected the researchers to the market and could help advance ideas to further boost Canada’s growing ocean economy.

The Ocean Startup Project’s pan-Atlantic collaborators had the vision to establish Lab2Market Oceans. Those founding collaborators—Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) – Atlantic, Genesis, Innovacorp, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, PEI BioAlliance, and Springboard Atlantic—aim for Lab2Market Oceans to become a world-class ocean research commercialization program. The Oceans cohort, delivered by Memorial University and the Ocean Startup Project, was the second Lab2Market cohort offered in Canada. The first cohort, delivered by Dalhousie University, focused on health technologies and innovations.

“Memorial plays a critical role in fostering and supporting innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Paula Mendonça, Director of innovation and entrepreneurship with Memorial University. “The Lab2Market Oceans program will help ensure emerging innovators and entrepreneurs receive essential support as they address challenges and take advantage of opportunities related to the ocean sector.”

Lab2Market began as a four-month pilot program to offer researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and $15,000 in funding. To address the lack of deeptech entrepreneurship programs and support researchers at Canadian universities, the Innovate-Incubate Network of Canada (I-INC) developed the Lab2Market program and partnered with VentureWell, an organization delivering a similar program in the United States. 

Supporters of the original Halifax cohort include the Government of Canada—

through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and FedDev Ontario—and Mitacs. The seven-week, ocean-focused version of Lab2Market involves original supporters like ACOA and Mitacs, with additional funding or support from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, the Ocean Startup Project, and Springboard Atlantic. 

About the Ocean Startup Project

The Ocean Startup Project was the first Innovation Ecosystem Project announced by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. The Ocean Startup Project is a pan-Atlantic collaboration to create and grow high-quality ocean technology companies and attract more ventures to the region’s ecosystem. 

MEDIA CONTACT
Donald Grant, Executive Director, Ocean Startup Project 
dgrant@oceanstartupproject.ca
902-292-0244

SOURCE Oceans Startup Project

Ryerson University announces the launch of their Lab2Market (L2M) Toronto 2020 cohort

News From Lab2Market

Through the Lab2Market (L2M) Program, Ryerson University is supporting a group of talented researchers and teams from across the nation who are tackling a diverse set of problems in the deep tech space.


Toronto, November 10, 2020 – Ryerson University launched its first Lab2Market (L2M) cohort in September 2020, consisting of 18 teams led by promising researchers from universities across Canada. These universities include Dalhousie University, Ryerson University, Queen’s University, York University, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The Toronto 2020 cohort is industry agnostic, and includes teams working on a diverse set of problems, ranging from cultivated meats to controlled drug delivery. The team’s projects reflect this diversity, with technologies focusing on energy optimization, life sciences, clean technologies, transportation, digital media, agriculture, advanced materials and more. 

At the beginning of the L2M Program, the teams were introduced to entrepreneurship with a customized program designed to help them identify the key assumptions they need to address to bring their research to market. While learning tools and frameworks that organize the process of bringing a product to market, the teams also learned how to interact with and gain useful feedback from customers, pitch and finance their business, and more.

These learnings equipped the teams with the necessary knowledge to move forward in their journey with VentureWell, who has been delivering NSF I-Corps program in the United States for the past eight years. In this stage of the L2M Program, the teams underwent intensive training that included lectures/workshops and one-on-one meetings with industry leaders and successful founders, to support their journey in conducting market research to test their assumptions about the market opportunity.

“Going into Lab2Market, I was confident about which customers would see value in my technology, and assumed that the values I saw in my research matched the consumers.” says Jaddie Ho, a PhD student at Queen’s University, participating in the L2M Toronto cohort, “Without the Lab2Market Program, I would not have realized that I was wrong. Lab2Market helped me get out of the lab and academic setting, so I could realize who my customers may actually be. Through these findings, I can now pivot my research and create value for my new customers.”

Currently, the teams in the Toronto cohort are reaching the final stretch of their journey with the L2M Program and are transitioning into finding the right path forward for their projects. 

“Ryerson University is dedicated to supporting researchers in bringing their innovations to life. With the Lab2Market Program, we aim to foster entrepreneurship within researchers across the nation, and support a diverse range of deep-tech projects.” says John MacRitchie, Assistant Vice-President of Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives at Ryerson University.

Ryerson University is pleased to be a part of this collective initiative in bringing Canadian innovations to life and helping researchers discover their dreams. Along with the success of the past and current cohorts, and with more to come, the L2M Program will continue to support this growing pool of bright and talented researchers, unlock their potential, and help to foster entrepreneurship and innovation across Canada. 

Meet the Teams

Abdelrahman AbdouRyerson UniversityAutoMate: A physiological fatigue detection
system for drowsy driving prevention.
Adnan El Makdah

Kai Zhang
Queen’s UniversityHybrid low-Inertia Turbine Storage System (HITSS)
Alireza Shahin-ShamsabadiMcMaster UniversityA scalable lab-grown meat with tuneable
fat content using tissue engineering techniques.
Anum KhanRyerson UniversityMonitoring system for “flushable” consumer products in urban wastewater collection systems.
Ashraf ElshorbagyRyerson UniversityA crosscutting three-modes-of-operation unique
LiDAR-based 3D mapping system.
Dariush Firouzi

Panashe Mudzi
McMaster UniversityDevelopment of ballistic/knife resistant composite
panels for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Faisal MahmoodRyerson UniversityMulti-level concussion mitigating football helmet:
a novel design.
Hao GuoDalhousie UniversityOptical device for accurate and real-time assessment of liver fat content in human subjects.
Jaddie HoQueen’s UniversityCO2-responsive agents for protective coatings.
Jhi Yong Loke,
Chee Hau Teoh
University of WaterlooCommercial-scale spatial atomic layer deposition
technology.
Matthew Hammill

Kristen Nazareth

Charlene Fernandez
The University of
Ontario Institute of Technology
Red-shifted azobenzene gene-silencing agents for controlling drug activation.
Morgan RichardMcMaster UniversityHigh-speed confocal microscopy system.
Nakisa SamadiYork UniversityPortable thermo-photonic device for on-site
detection and quantification of Cannabis consumption.
Parham MohamadiYork UniversityA wide bandgap based step-up power converter
with enhanced self-reconfigurability for medium voltage renewable power network.
Reeda MahmoodRyerson UniversityDye-sensitized solar cells.
Tamaghna Gupta

Rakesh Sahu
McMaster UniversityRapid 3D bioprinting of cells into structures for
drug screening, wound healing and in vitro models.
Vinay PatelMcMaster UniversityIn-field real time phosphate monitoring system for algal bloom prevention.
Yang ChenQueen’s University65W digital PD (power delivery) adapter.

SOURCE Lab2Market

Dalhousie Announces Fall 2020 Lab2Market Cohort Looking to Make an Impact

News From Dalhousie University

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (Halifax, NS) – Dalhousie University is pleased to announce the launch of Lab2Market (L2M) – Halifax’s Fall 2020 cohort, which will include 17 teams from five universities; Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Saint Mary’s University, Queen’s University, and York University. 


L2M supports researchers who foresee impact and potential commercial value in their deep tech research, by providing opportunities and exposure to help commercialize their intellectual property. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and their supervisors will be equipped with the skills required to assess their research’s commercial opportunity with the goal of translating it out of university laboratories. 

For the next seven weeks, a wide variety of research will be conducted, including electrical and mechanical engineering, agriculture, cosmeceuticals, and neuroscience, from drone sensor technology to cognitive assessments. Each research team includes three participants: a graduate student or post-doc from a Canadian university, the applicant’s university supervisor or principal investigator, and an industry mentor from a related business sector. 

“Dalhousie University is pleased to partner with Ryerson University and Memorial University on this program to support graduate students, their supervisors and institutions build capacity around commercialization and translate their research,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. “Canada needs innovators with an entrepreneurial mindset who have the attitudes, knowledge, skills, discipline and resilience to generate solutions to local, national and global challenges.  And Canada has world-leading research-intensive universities, which helps to generate a pipeline of more and stronger ventures emerging from them.” 

This is the second cohort of L2M for Dalhousie, with the first cohort focusing on health technology and innovation launched in Halifax earlier this year. The next year will see three additional cohorts with up to 60 teams participating in Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s. Over the next year, the Lab2Market pilot program will apply and adapt these best practice models to the Canadian market to support Canadian researchers working to commercialize their technology. The overall goal is to help develop a national research commercialization program on par with global leaders to better our society and economy. 

“Atlantic Canada’s academic community helps fuel our flourishing startup ecosystem,” said Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. “The L2M program supports the commercialization of research out of our universities while helping to grow the number of scalable, knowledge-based companies in the region.” 
 
The program is based on the successful I-Corps program in the United States, and the ICURe program in the United Kingdom. Being led by Dalhousie University, Ryerson University and Memorial University, the Lab2Market pilot program offers $15,000 in funding to participating teams and with support provided by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Mitacs as well as the Ocean Startup Project.

The Teams

TechnologyUniversityTeam
Optimizing Multi-source Heating Systems in Response to
Real Time Pricing and Weather Conditions 
Dalhousie UniversityNathaniel King 
Dr. Clifton Johnston
Infra-Climate Hybrid Bridge Design System Dalhousie University Ahmed Abdullah 
Dr. Hany El Naggar 
Optimized Controllers for Second-life Battery Energy
Storage Systems 
Dalhousie UniversityChris White 
Dr. Lukas Swan 
Harnessing the potential of land-based Aquaculture
by-products through the use of aerobic
bioreactor technology 
Dalhousie UniversityAllan Thomson 
Dr. Gordon Price 
Crop assessment system using a real-time,
hardware-based drone image processing system to support
on-the-spot decision in agriculture 
Dalhousie UniversitySabiha Antora 
Dr. Young K. Chang 
Atlantic Energy Storage Dalhousie UniversityMark Elliott 
Dr. Lukas Swan 
Enhancing horticultural production through carbon dioxide
enrichment and heat recovery from municipal
organics composting 
Dalhousie University Weixi Shu 
Dr. Gordon Price 
Re-purposing poultry industry wastes to generate high value microbial bio-stimulants Dalhousie University Raphael Ofoe 
Dr. Lord Abbey 
A highly integrated processing platform to enable a remote Internet of Things node.Dalhousie University Ningcheng Gaoding 
Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet 
Teacher Help: Classroom Management Dalhousie University Matt Orr 
Dr. Penny Corkum 
Developing a Smart Tool for Enhanced Oil Recovery Screening Based on Artificial Intelligence Memorial University Seyyed Masoud Seyyedattar Shoushtar 
Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi 
Beyond processing waste of sea cucumber- cosmeceutical potential of North Atlantic sea cucumber  Memorial UniversityTharindu Senadheera 
Dr. Deepika Dave 
Reconfigurable Legged Robot for Structural Inspection with Confined Spaces Memorial University Yaru Gu 
Dr. Ting Zou 
Passive airborne sensor platform Queen’s University Joshua Galler 
Dr. David Rival 
Developing Digital Brain Assessment Tools for the Home  Saint Mary’s UniversityKatie McKearny 
Dr. Gail Eskes 
Using drone and remote sensing technology to increase profitability and climate resilience of potato productionUniversity of Prince Edward Island  Stephanie Arnold 
Dr. Adam Fenech 
Enhanced thermo-photovoltaic systems with directional and spectral selectivity York University Nima Talebzadeh 
Dr. Paul O’Brien
More information can be found at lab2market.ca. 

About Lab2Market 

Lab2Market, developed and led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University and Ryerson University, leverages the national I-INC network. I-INC is Canada’s network of innovative and entrepreneurial universities, which is focused on strengthening innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship, moving ideas and inventions to innovation and impact, and connecting Canadian companies to the talent and ideas emerging from our universities. 

About I-INC 
 
I-INC accelerates the transfer of Canadian research-driven science and technology from lab-to-market and commercial application. Founded in 2014 by Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University and Ontario Tech University, the network has expanded to include 13 universities across Canada: Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, Concordia University, Polytechnique Montréal, University of Manitoba, University of New Brunswick, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Concordia, Ontario Tech University, University of Saskatchewan, Memorial University and University of Calgary.   

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Network of Canadian universities team up to pilot deep tech program for researchers

News From Lab2Market.

Backed by the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), along with partner Mitacs, Canadian universities begin a two-year pilot of Canada’s first deep tech program to take innovation from lab to market .


TORONTO, November 3, 2020 – Innovate-Incubate Network of Canada (I-INC) is excited to celebrate the official launch of the Lab2Market (L2M) Program. As a part of the I-INC network, Dalhousie University, Memorial University and Ryerson University have partnered up to run cohorts and support researchers across multiple regions. The L2M Program will run a total of seven cohorts across the three universities. 

Each cohort offers selected researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and $15,000 in funding to help researchers explore the commercial potential of their work. 

“Canada is home to some of the world’s brightest minds, and we want to help them turn their big ideas into commercial successes. With support from the Government of Canada, the Lab2Market project will help some of our most promising young researchers realize their dreams, while creating good jobs for Canadians. This will ensure that our economy remains on the cutting edge as we’re working to build back better,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

The L2M Program was developed to respond to a need for opportunities for researchers working in deep tech; and to support those who see commercial value for their technologies.

“Through this first-of-its-kind national program, university researchers and students from across all disciplines will have a unique opportunity to explore the marketplace potential of their valuable research and to directly address the real-world problems affecting our communities,” said Steven N. Liss, Ryerson University’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Many thanks to our partners at FedDev Ontario, ACOA and Mitacs for their support in launching the L2M program in Canada.”

The L2M Program has partnered with VentureWell, who has been delivering a similar program in the United States to help bring the program north of the border. With VentureWell’s help, not only do the researchers have exposure to entrepreneurship lectures/workshops, but they have the opportunity to work with industry leaders and successful founders to help them establish their idea.

Tamaghna Gupta, a PhD student at McMaster University, is participating in the Lab2Market Program, and had the following to say about the program: “It’s easy for researchers to get pigeon-holed into thinking that their technology is beneficial to the world. But by going through the process of talking to customers, industry leaders, and other companies, I’ve started to realize the real value of my work. It’s expanded my horizon of knowledge beyond engineering and into entrepreneurship – this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Lab2Market program and team.”

The L2M Program has achieved success in this pilot phase of the program at Dalhousie University, Memorial University and Ryerson University. The first cohort launched in June 2020, with a focus on health technology innovation, in Halifax. The second cohort focused on ocean technologies launched in September 2020, with additional funding from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and Ocean Startup Project. Currently, there are two active cohorts run in Toronto and Halifax, with 20 teams each.

The L2M Program has been a team effort, with entrepreneurship programs coming together from Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

“Memorial is deeply committed to supporting innovators at all stages and growing the vibrant entrepreneurial culture here in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Neil Bose, Vice-President (Research). “Programs such as Lab2Market provide tangible opportunities for the next generation of creators and inventors to build a strong successful future for our province and beyond, taking their bold research to the next level.”

“Dalhousie University is pleased to partner with Ryerson University and Memorial University on this innovative program,” said Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. “Canada is a breeding ground for great researchers, and Lab2Market provides all the resources, training and guidance needed to help them innovate their big ideas to life.”


Boilerplate: The Lab2Market program runs in four-month cohorts and offers researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and $15,000 in funding. It is funded by the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), along with partner Mitacs, and delivered through Dalhousie University, Memorial University and Ryerson University.

SOURCE Lab2Market

FedDev Announcement: Government of Canada supports innovation and entrepreneurship with the launch of the Lab2Market Program

$1.3 million to support 30 business ventures, 20 new commercialized technologies and opportunities for promising researchers.


Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation is essential to creating good jobs for Canadians and helping our economy recover from the impact of COVID-19. The Government of Canada is a partner in these efforts, ensuring that Canada remains among world leaders in innovation. These partnerships help nurture promising ideas, create opportunities for young researchers and support advancements that benefit all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced support for innovation and entrepreneurship with the official launch of the Lab2Market (L2M) program. Led by Ryerson University in southern Ontario, L2M gives promising researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and funding to explore their work’s commercial potential. Over the next two years, Ryerson will lead 40 teams of students, researchers and experienced advisors to develop, test and commercialize innovative ideas.

Providing more innovative technologies for businesses 

Through the program, Ryerson will support 30 business ventures, 20 new commercialized technologies, five commercial licensing agreements with industry, and close to 10 partnerships with businesses and university-based incubator-accelerators. This work is supported by an investment of $1.3 million in federal funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and support from partner Mitacs.

This project is further proof of the government’s commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. These initiatives create good jobs, ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive environment and help our economy recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Quotes

Canada is home to some of the world’s brightest minds, and we want to help them turn their big ideas into commercial successes. With the support of FedDev Ontario, the Lab2Market project will help some of our most promising young researchers realize their dreams, while creating good jobs for Canadians. This will ensure that our economy remains on the cutting edge as we’re working to build back better.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Through this first-of-its-kind national program, university researchers and students from across all disciplines will have a unique opportunity to explore the marketplace potential of their valuable research and to directly address the real-world problems affecting our communities. Many thanks to our partners at FedDev Ontario for their support in launching the L2M program in Canada.

Steven N. Liss, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University 

Quick Facts

  • The project is being run in tandem with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), which is also providing a $1.3 million contribution to Dalhousie University to deliver the program in Atlantic Canada. Both non-repayable contributions are through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
  • The Lab2Market program was developed by Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC), a pan-Canadian network of university-linked accelerators and incubators focused on the commercialization of university-based science and technology-enabled innovation. Ryerson and Dalhousie universities are both members of this network.
  • L2M was specifically designed for Canadians, building from the experience of the United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) I-CorpsTM program and the United Kingdom’s Innovation and Commercialization of University Research (ICURe) program.
  • Two four-month cohorts will be led through the L2M program by Ryerson University, with the first cohort launched on September 21, 2020.

Associated Links: FedDev Ontario, Ryerson University, Lab2Market

SOURCE Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

ACOA Announcement: Government of Canada supports innovation and entrepreneurship with the launch of the Lab2Market Program

News From: Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA).

$1.3 million to support 30 business ventures, 20 new commercialized technologies and opportunities for promising researchers.


Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation is essential to creating good jobs for
Canadians and helping our economy recover from the impact of COVID-19. The Government of
Canada is a partner in these efforts, ensuring that Canada remains among world leaders in
innovation. These partnerships help nurture promising ideas, create opportunities for young
researchers and support advancements that benefit all Canadians.

Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to // the Minister of Infrastructure and
Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly,
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced support for innovation
and entrepreneurship with the official launch of the Lab2Market (L2M) program. Led by
Dalhousie University in Atlantic Canada, L2M gives promising researchers access to world-class
mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and funding to explore their work’s
commercial potential. Over the next two years, Dalhousie will lead 40 teams of students,
researchers and experienced advisors to develop, test and commercialize innovative ideas.

Providing more innovative technologies for businesses

Through the program, Dalhousie will support 30 business ventures, 20 new commercialized
technologies, 5 commercial licensing agreements with industry, and about 10 partnerships with
businesses and university-based incubator-accelerators. This work is supported by an
investment of $1.3 million in federal funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(ACOA)
, and support from partner Mitacs.

This project is further proof of the government’s commitment to entrepreneurship and
innovation. These initiatives create good jobs, ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to
succeed in today’s competitive environment and help our economy recover from the impact of
COVID-19.

Quotes

Canada is home to some of the world’s brightest minds, and we want to help them turn their big ideas into commercial successes. With the support of ACOA, the Lab2Market project will help some of our most promising young researchers realize their dreams, while creating good jobs for Canadians. This will ensure that our economy remains on the cutting edge as we’re working to build back better.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

The L2M project will help connect academia and industry to create tangible solutions to real-life issues. From healthcare to technology, the research that comes out of our universities will be commercialized to bring treatments and convenience to Canadians, and generate new economic growth for our region.

Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax

Canada needs innovators with an entrepreneurial mindset who have the attitudes, knowledge, skills, discipline and resilience to generate solutions to local, national and global challenges. Canada is already home to world-leading research-intensive universities, and we can generate pipeline of ventures emerging from them. Canada’s Lab2Market – based on the successful I-Corps program in the U.S. – is a national pilot program that is delivering on these opportunities.”

Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President Research and Innovation, Dalhousie University

Mitacs is proud to partner with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Dalhousie University on the Lab2Market program in support of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship. Lab2Market is an important program because it builds on Canada’s commitment to innovation by continuing to support entrepreneurs. Industry-academic collaborations like this one recognize and support highly skilled innovation leaders in driving a productive and prosperous economy.

John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

Quick facts

  • The project is being run in tandem with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), which is also providing a $1.3 million contribution to Ryerson University to deliver the program in Ontario. Both non-repayable contributions are through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
  • The Lab2Market program was developed by Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC), a pan-Canadian network of university-linked accelerators and incubators focused on the commercialization of university-based science and technology-enabled innovation. Ryerson and Dalhousie universities are both members of this network.
  • L2M was specifically designed for Canadians, building from the experience of the United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) I-CorpsTM program and the United Kingdom’s Innovation and Commercialization of University Research (ICURe) program.
  • Dalhousie University is leading three cohorts, one of which has already been completed (L2M-Health, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic). Two four-month cohorts will be led through the L2M Program by Ryerson University, with the first cohort launched on September 21, 2020.
  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.

SOURCE Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA)