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

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 

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.   

SOURCE Dalhousie University