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.


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.

SOURCE Lab2Market