Toronto, March 10, 2022 – Toronto Metropolitan University’s Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Sciences (FEAS) is excited to announce the partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. The partnership will allow Lab2Market (L2M) to be delivered nationally as a pilot and build upon the success of the regional programs.

Offered by the Innovation Boost Zone (IBZ), each cohort offers selected researchers access to world-class mentors, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and $20,000 in funding.

“The I2I Grants do a tremendous job of providing researchers and ILOs with the funding to develop their technologies, but this new and different opportunity is offering an earlier stage program to further improve the funnel of research commercialization activities across the country” says France Vaillancourt of the NSERC I2I Team.

The pilot program was developed due to the growing demand of the deeptech ecosystem, and the increasing need for Canadian research to go from the lab to market. 

Dr. Jeremy Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology, went through the regional Lab2Market Program in the summer of 2021 – and had the following to say about the program:  “The L2M process was very compelling for scientists that were already using the scientific method in lab environments. In the program, we were requested to define hypotheses, but instead of these being tested in the lab, they were being tested in the marketplace.  The shaping of the L2M program this way makes the skills learned highly transferable and not tied to our proposed project.  Indeed, we have already started applying the lessons learned through this approach to two other research projects in our group to better understand translational potential.  I am excited to bring this new perspective to our interdisciplinary group – it’s the future – and I wish I had learned it earlier.”

“All across Canada we need our inventors to actively participate in leading  efforts to tackle our biggest problems. With this partnership we can help fund our graduate students to do just that and take their inventions to market,” said Dr. Tarek Sadek, the executive director of CEIE. “ We needed a program that brings our brightest minds together around emerging technologies to come up with new innovative solutions to our grand challenges.”

The first pilot program received 108 applications from 32 universities. Out of these, 48 teams representing 25 universities were chosen to go through the first cohort. The inaugural cohort will start on March 14, to initiate their entrepreneurial journeys. The cohort will be industry agnostic, spread across a diverse range of projects, including synthetic biology, advanced materials, additive manufacturing, and more. Meet the full cohort below.

Meet the Teams

Abdullah Rahnama University of TorontoNew-generation all-fibre grating sensing and spectroscopy
Ahmad AbdellatifConcordia UniversityAskGit: Chat with your software project
Alireza DabbaghianYork UniversityFully-customizable wireless EEG monitoring platform with motion artifact resilience and input-adaptive active-electrode recording
Antonio Cavalcante PereiraConcordia UniversityDevelopment of an in situ filtration process to improve surface water quality 
Athanasios KritharisUniversity of British ColumbiaSustainable manufacturing of next-generation, performance biofabrics for the fashion industry
Austin McLeanUniversity of TorontoA passive drip irrigation controller for efficient water use
Boris NazarethUniversity of WaterlooCopolymer solution for metal oxide binding applications
Calvin LieuUniversity of TorontoInvestigating the potential appetite-supressing effects of a novel cytokinin.
Chowdhury Sakib-Uz-ZamanUniversity of ReginaPellet extruder based industrial 3d printer
Diana Diaz DussanUniversity of AlbertaPrecision Glycosciences- Glycopolymers for gene and drug delivery
Eduard WisernigUniversity of VictoriaNavigation platform with enhanced telemetry and visualization, using augmented reality on a hybrid 2d/holographic 3d display system
Elham Kheradmand NezhadUniversite de MontrealLeverage artificial intelligence to improve Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data and assess the quality of ESG reports
Frieder KaiserQueen’s UniversityPortable large-scale flow measurement system
Ghadeer Abu-AlsoudMemorial University of NewfoundlandAnalytical technology for early detection of microbially-influenced corrosion biomarkers
Guillermo TrabesCarleton UniversityCrowd space simulator
Haleh NazemiUniversity of WindsorIntegrated micromachined sensors for pest detection
Hamed HaddadpajouhUniversity of GuelphA robust malware threat hunting system and method based on deep neural networks in iot environments
Hamed NasiriMemorial University of NewfoundlandUltra-low power SAR ADC for low-activity signals
Jari SwansonUniversity of AlbertaUAV-based vector magnetic survey system for geophysical exploration
Jeonghyun LeeUniversity of British ColumbiaImage-based cell sorting
Juanjuan LiuMcGill UniversityMarket analysis for monitoring gout disease at the point of need using a CMOS-based device
Kathrivel NallapanPolytechnique MontréalMobile & Cozy – an all-textile heating-assisted therapy platform for sufferers of chronic pain
Kelycia LeimertUniversity of AlbertaA bioassay to predict birth timing
Kyle CheungToronto Metropolitan UniversityPositive pombe: engineering anti-depressant molecules in fission yeast
Lounes OuarabÉcole de technologie supérieureGEOMETRIX, Limitless shaping
Mahdi Alaei VarnosfaderaniUniversity of ManitobaDesign of a portable bio-inspired vibro-based burrowing probe for space mining and subsurface investigation of extreme environments.
Mariia ZhuldybinaÉcole de technologie supérieureTerahertz technology for quality inspection of printed electronics
Maxime Leblanc LatourUniversity of OttawaPlant based resin for industrial coating applications.
Michael PumphreyMemorial University of NewfoundlandDevelopment of electromagnetic reluctance motion actuator for scanning and advanced manufacturing applications for industry 4.0
Milena Restan PerezUniversity of VictoriaDevelopment of HeartPrint Bioink
Mohammad ElmiUniversity of AlbertaSelf-powered wireless electrocardiogram device
Muersha WusimanUniversity of British ColumbiaSensor for real-time detection of chemical contaminants in water
Olina DagherUniversity of CalgaryAir flow- assisted electrocautery device and system
Rodrigo QueirozUniversity of WaterlooScalable and interoperable simulation for testing automated vehicles
Roshan AggarwalUniversity of GuelphConvenient and low-cost methods and devices for performing reproducible multiplexed bioassays
Salam BariWestern UniversityA reliable and fault-tolerant wireless data communication system for harsh environments
Sandrine ParentUniversity of OttawaBiological therapies to prevent life threatening heart rhythms after heart surgery
Sarah CurrieUniversity of ManitobaRechargeable potent antiviral facemasks with a novel quaternized N-chloramine.
Sittichai SukreepOntario Tech UniversityReal-time traffic analytics from live camera feeds 
Soheil AkbariUniversité LavalDevelopment of an integrated software for complex flows of cement plug placement in oil wells abandonment (CemPA)
Sophie WattsDalhousie UniversityGene edited disease resistant grapes
Thomas BrennerUniversity of British ColumbiaMicroencapsulated bacteriophage cocktail for the targeted inhibition of Salmonella enterica in broiler chickens
Vahid AbolhasannejadToronto Metropolitan UniversityMonitoring of pavement distresses using automated vision-based method
Valentina LukinovicCarleton UniversityA novel strategy towards the computational development of peptide ‘disruptors’ to be used as molecular probes or therapeutic molecules.
Valentyna MaslieievaUniversity of CalgaryCytinnov Biotechnologies: a cell-manufacturing process optimization service
Weisong ShiToronto Metropolitan UniversityThree-dimensional real-time optical coherence tomography for retinal disease diagnosis and treatment
Yverick RangomUniversity of WaterlooEnabling extreme fast-charging of lithium-ion batteries with covalently-joined electrode architectures
Zixiong HanUniversity of OttawaAn IoT-based contactless vital signs monitoring system