Industry Liaison Office

The Industry Liaison Office is responsible for the commercialization of research and knowledge developed by the University's researchers, faculty, staff and graduate students. Our focus is to foster and develop collaborative work environments among researchers, industry partners and funding agencies.

Our offices are located in the Galleria Building at Innovation Place - 250 - 15 Innovation Blvd.

News

Winner of 2016 U of S Tech Venture Challenge

And the winner is … Viking Innovations!  Jackie Martin and Mike Ransom, win the Grand Prize for their product, the Dalmatian, a kitchen fire prevention system for your home.  The Dalmatian is a small control panel designed to disconnect power to the kitchen range and counter plugs when the smoke alarm is activated.  With no electricity or heat, kitchen fires are far less likely to start or spread potentially saving you thousands of dollars, while protecting your home and your family. 

They will receive $50,000 cash from the U of S Industry Liaison Office, one year office space at Innovation Place valued at over $10,000; professional services valued at $7,000 from PwC.  In addition, all top 3 finalists receive $3600 in-kind banking services from RBC. 

Second place ($25,000) in this year’s Tech Venture Challenge went to Sebopharm.  Dr. Changiz Taghibiglou and Dr. Effat-Sadat Farboud have developed novel pharmaceutical and topical formulations for acne treatment.  This is a safe, non-toxic topical treatment and the first patent for acne in 30 year. The acne market is estimated to reach revenues of $3B in 2016.  Sponsors for this award were PwC, USask College of Medicine, and Mariner Innovations. 

Third place ($10,000) went to PolytennaMat Teyfeh and David Klymyshyn invented micro-sized antennas to address the wireless network industry’s challenge of extremely high data-rate usage, which is only going to grow at a rate they cannot keep up with.   This was sponsored by the many members of the Tech Community Fund.  

The Winners of the Mariner Innovations Award of $5,000 in-kind is Ground-Up Bytes, Matthew Braun and Nancy Elliot.  Ground Up Bytes provides end-to-end solutions for customers collecting data across multiple platforms, from phone or tablet to computer workstation and specialize in data collection in remote, offline locations.

The Winners of the USask Grad Student Award of a $10,000 Loan is Sohtech Research and Development a company that developed the LiPo Vault, an easy to use, strong and portable fireproof system for the safe storing, handling, transporting and charging of lithium polymer batteries (LiPos) used in the ever increasing remote control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and drones.

For more information, contact:

Amit Shukla                                                                    (w) 306-966-2083                                          

U of S Industry Liaison Office                                               amit.shukla@usask.ca

U of S researcher honoured for next-generation “camera pill” to diagnose and treat gut ailments

SASKATOON - A University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher who has improved the technology for taking pictures inside the human gut has won the 2016 Innovation Place–Industry Liaison Office (ILO) Award of Innovation.

“It is important is to recognize the efforts of all creative minds to obtain innovative solutions that lead to sustainable growth and social welfare,” said Johannes Dyring, managing director of the U of S Industry Liaison Office. “The Award of Innovation tells the story of advances in modern technology happening right here in Saskatoon and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the depth of the university and what it offers to our community.”

The winner of the $5,000 award is Khan Wahid, associate professor in the College of Engineering, recognizing significant innovations in video and image processing and biomedical imaging systems, specifically wireless endoscopy capsules. About the size and shape of an oversized vitamin capsule, these “camera pills” are swallowed by patients suspected of having some form of gastrointestinal disorder or disease.

“Doctors are not satisfied with the current image quality from endoscopy capsules,” Wahid said. “We are working to improve the technology in several ways, which will lead to more consistent, accurate diagnosis.” Wahid said.

The patented image compression technology allows much more efficient capture and processing of images. This decreases the workload of the capsule’s computer chip, allowing more and better images.

Wahid is now testing the technology in animals with collaborators at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, both as a test bed for human use, and to potentially fill a need for veterinarians, as there is no such tool on the market for their needs. A prototype capsule with the new technology has been tested in pigs, which have a similar digestive system as humans. An initial test with a horse was successful and more are planned for both horses and dogs.

“This in-vivo trial (in pig) shows noticeable improvement both on the image quality and frame rate,” Wahid said, explaining that a new interface which transmits images to smart devices such as cell phones also worked well, enabling real-time and remote diagnosis.

The Award of Innovation honours U of S researchers who have brought new and commercially viable technology to the ILO for development into marketable products. It is open to all U of S employees and students.

“This technology will have a significant positive impact in the healthcare of both humans and animals,” said Van Isman, CEO of Innovation Place, the award’s co-sponsor. “While better diagnostic information will lead to better health outcomes, seeing this applied in a fashion that is less invasive than current processes is a tremendous advancement.”

In terms of opportunity, the diagnostic industry has grown at a 5.5 per cent rate annually since 2009 when the market was $21.3 billion. Today, it is estimated at $31 billion.

In addition to cash prizes, the winners are recognized with a trophy and photo on the “Award of Innovation” wall at the Industry Liaison Office.

Innovation Place is one of North America's most successful university-related research parks. The Industry Liaison Office is a division of the University of Saskatchewan which specializes in facilitating commercialization of university research and knowledge, to effectively and efficiently transfer it to the public. The ILO also works to establish a foundation for entrepreneurial culture throughout the university. 

For more information, contact:

Johannes Dyring
Managing Director
Industry Liaison Office 
306-966-7829
johannes.dyring@usask.ca
www.usask.ca/research/ilo

Van Isman

President and CEO

Innovation Place

306-933-6258 (Saskatoon)

306-787-8554 (Regina)

visman@innovationplace.com

www.innovationplace.com

April 20, 2016

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Two University of Saskatchewan Researchers Nominated for Innovation Award

Tuesday, April 19, 2016: Two University of Saskatchewan researchers, one from biomedical engineering and the other from plant sciences, have been nominated for the 2016 Innovation Place–Industry Liaison Office Award of Innovation. The announcement was made today at the State of the City Address luncheon in Saskatoon.

The winner and recipient of the $5,000 award will be announced on May 19th at the Celebrate Success! Awards Gala at Saskatoon Prairieland Park. 

The nominees are Dr. Bob Bors and Dr. Khan Wahid. Dr. Bors, assistant professor in the Plant Sciences Department and head of the Fruit Breeding Program, has built the USask fruit breeding program and has become a leading expert on the development and commercialization of the haskap berry, a fruit recognized for many health and marketing benefits. 

Dr. Wahid is affiliated with the Digital Systems Research Group and the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.  He has developed an advanced image compression algorithm for the wireless endoscopy capsule (a pill-shaped capsule containing a camera and battery), used in the diagnosis of gastro-intestinal tract diseases.

The Award of Innovation honours USask researchers who have brought new and commercially viable technology to the ILO for development into marketable products, and is open to USask employees and students. Selection criteria include the novelty of the innovation and its potential commercial impact. The selection committee includes representatives from Innovation Place and the University of Saskatchewan. 

In addition to the cash prize, the winners will be recognized with a photo on the “Award of Innovation” wall at the Industry Liaison Office and a personal trophy.

Innovation Place is one of North America's most successful university-related research parks. The Industry Liaison Office is a division of the University of Saskatchewan which specializes in facilitating the commercialization of university research and knowledge, to effectively and efficiently transfer it to the public. The ILO also works to establish a foundation for entrepreneurial culture throughout the university.  

For more information, contact:

Johannes Dyring

Managing Director 

Industry Liaison Office

(306) 966-7829

johannes.dyring@usask.ca www.usask.ca/research/ilo

Van Isman

President and CEO Innovation Place 

(306) 933-6258 (Saskatoon)

(306) 787-8554 (Regina)

visman@innovationplace.com

www.innovationplace.com

December 17, 2015

Industry Liaison Office announces Tech Venture Challenge teams

Fifteen technology-based entrepreneurs have been chosen from a field of 56 to advance to the next phase of the 2016 Tech Venture Challenge, the annual business start-up competition presented through the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office.

This is a record breaking number of applications, almost double what we anticipated.  Every College was represented, every university relationship (from faculty to alumni).

Over the next four months the participants will attend workshops and benefit from business and advisory support from the ILO. Workshop space generously provided by Innovation Place. They will be professionally mentored and guided, leading to the selection of three finalists in May, 2016.

Prizes are awarded competitively:  $50,000 for first place, provided by the ILO and up to 1 year of leasing space provided by Innovation Place; $15,000 for second place (co-sponsored by PwC and Mariner Innovations).  This year’s third-place prize, $10,000 will be awarded from the Tech Community Fund, contributions from a number of local business and other organizations.

The U of S Graduate Student’s Association continues to offer a $10,000 low-interest loan to the top-rated grad student team.   Mariner Innovations ICT Award (professional services valued at $5,000) to be awarded to a team selected by the TVC judges. 

The 2016 Tech Venture Challenge cohort includes technologies in communications, 3D printing, medical devices, biologics and pharmaceuticals, health care, manufacturing and green technologies.  They are:

 

FitCoins

Members: Dustin Gamester, Andrew Crouse

Fitcoins is a fitness based point system for kids.

 

Ground Up Bytes

Members: Matthew Braun, Nancy Elliot

Ground Up Bytes provides end-to-end solutions for customers collecting data across multiple platforms, and specialize in data collection in remote, offline locations.

 

Kaleido Arts and Science Inc.

Members: Tony Arkles, Sheila Maithel

Kaleido Arts and Science Inc. specializing in making custom-fit sewing patterns, by using a smartphone.

 

Pelican MRI

Members: Gordon Sarty, Logi Vidarsson

Pelican MRI build and sell low-field, portable and affordable MRIs that are made possible with new imaging technology. These MRI’s can literally be built in a household basement.

 

Polytenna

Members: Matt Teyfah, David Klymyshyn

Polytenna has created a unique micro-array antenna that can be used in the emerging small cell backhaul market for wireless service and secondly the automotive wireless sensing device market. 

 

Printology

Members: Devin Bradburn, Jordan Dutchak, Erik Tetland, Lance Pitka

Printology is developing a 3D printer using exotic materials to create anatomical surgery models.  This will enable surgeons and students to have accurate and cost effective models to practice on.

 

Robotiblocks

Members: Kyle Tschritter, Patrick Robb

Robotiblocks provides a practical means of building powerful, yet simple and cost effective automation systems intended for rapid development applications in manufacturing industries.

 

Seboderm

Members: Changiz Taghibiglou, Effat-Sadat Farboud

Soboderm has created a novel pharmaceutical and topical formulation for acne treatment. These creams will be developed based on an understanding of the molecular signaling pathway that contributes to acne.

 

SenseUS Systems

Members: Sonia Vanderby, Francis Bui, Solomon,  Kai Shan

SenseUS is developing a tracking system that seamlessly collects scheduling data and analyzes it enabling doctor offices to obtain data and improve their planning and resource utilization.

 

Smart Health Networks

Members: Hussein Moosavi,  Francis Bui

Smart Health networks are developing a wireless body area network (WBAN) platform for continuous physiological data acquisition, real-time monitoring, and efficient networking around the human body.

 

Sohtech Research & Development Inc.

Members: Tedric Soh

This is an easy to use, strong and portable fireproof system for the safe storing, handling, transporting and charging of lithium polymer batteries (LiPos). These batteries are known to catch fire and are used in remote control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and drones.

 

Synoptic Reporting Technologies

Members:  Jimmy Wang

Synoptic reporting is a clinical documentation method that uses structured checklists to help clinicians produce more complete, consistent and valuable medical reports. Synoptic reports are faster to produce, easier to interpret and eliminates transcription cost

 

Techne Industries

Members: Logan Downing

Techne Industries has set out to design, build, and manufacture an affordable home based battery unit that will provide power to household appliances when blackouts occur and in third world countries.

 

Victus Scientific

Members: Irving Ramirez-Erosa, Leonid Akhova, Jeff McLaughlin

Victus Scientific Inc. is a biopharmaceutical offering a 100% natural alternative to treat many skin ailments (e.g. eczema, rosacea, acne, psoriasis).

 

Viking Innovations

Members: Jackie Martin,  Mike Ransom

Viking Innovations Ltd. (Viking) manufactures and sells a home kitchen fire prevention system.  It is a small control panel designed to disconnect power to the kitchen range and counter plugs when the smoke alarm is activated in order to avoid the spread of fire.

Tech Venture Challenge is sponsored by the Industry Liaison Office, Graduate Student’s Association, PwC, Mariner Innovations, Innovation Place, and the Saskatoon Tech Community; and is open to any member of the U of S community including employees, faculty researchers, students and alumni.

For more information, contact,
Amit Shukla
Industry Liaison Office
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-2083
amit.shukla@usask.ca

October 27, 2015

International innovation expert joins U of S

SASKATOON – Johannes Dyring, an accomplished leader in advancing university research commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation in Sweden, has joined the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) as managing director of the Industrial Liaison Office (ILO), effective today.

“We are delighted that an international search has attracted an innovation leader with such outstanding skills to foster the successful commercialization of discoveries at our university and enhance Saskatchewan’s economic growth and social development,” said Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research.

“Building on the ILO’s excellent track record, Johannes will play a key role in the strategic development of Saskatchewan’s innovation agenda through forums such as the Saskatchewan Commercialization Partnership which includes the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” said Chad.
 
Reporting to the vice-president research, Dyring will oversee a staff that provides guidance and services to researchers, companies and entrepreneurs, enabling promising technologies to reach their full potential, transferring breakthrough research to the marketplace and fostering new companies based on novel research.

Dyring previously served as chief executive officer of SLU Holding AB, a subsidiary of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences responsible for providing venture capital and innovation support to researchers, employees and students at the university.

While earning a PhD in sub-atomic physics in 1997, he co-founded and managed a European subsidiary of an American aerospace materials company. He then became CEO of CONNECT Eastern Sweden, a privately funded non-profit business network that links clients to relevant practical business experience and resources. Under his leadership, the network grew from 30 corporate partners to over 120 in five years and attracted major venture capital investment. In 2006, he co-founded Dedicera AB, a business consulting firm.

Dyring has attended executive programs at Harvard University and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and is an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

“I very much look forward to working with researchers and the broader community to explore, contribute to, and seize new opportunities in the region and nationally to enhance sustainable growth and welfare,” said Dyring.

The ILO is ranked second in Canada for licensing revenue by the Association of University Technology Managers. ILO flagship programs include the start-up company initiative Tech Venture Challenge, an entrepreneur-in-residence, a graduate-student entrepreneurism program which aims to expose students to business-development concepts and opportunities, technology commercialization internships and the development of a business accelerator with public- and private-sector partners.

“We look forward to welcoming Johannes, his wife Anna and their three children to the Saskatoon community,” said Chad.

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Dryring

For more information, contact:
James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
Office: 306-966-1851
james.shewaga@usask.ca

Kathryn Warden
Director of Research Profile and Impact
University of Saskatchewan
Office: 306-966-2506
kathryn.warden@usask.ca

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August 2015

CONNECT 2015 - Connecting manufacturers to Saskatchewan’s R&D support

WHAT:    Have your engineering & information technology needs matched with the right R&D expertise
HOW:      Send in an expression of interest or give us a short description of your R&D ideas by Sept 10.
WHEN:    September 30, 2015 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm  (Complimentary dinner included)
WHERE:  University Club, University of Saskatchewan

See the event poster 

Please send your expression of interest or for more information email amit.shukla@usask.ca or call 306-966-2083.

Licensing Opportunities

Please visit our technology page to explore opportunities for licensing and collaboration.

 

Student Desktop Researcher (SDR) Program

Work with us while you study!

Become a Student Desktop Researcher

Student Desktop Researcher (SDR)  is a new program offered by the University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office (ILO). It is part of our efforts to promote entrepreneurial culture at our university by offering undergraduate and graduate students a chance to explore the dynamics of innovation and business development.

Identify Opportunity!

As an SDR, you will gain hands-on, real-life entrepreneurial research experience by working on market surveys, analyzing the competition, and identifying commercial trends. Under the guidance of Innovation Enterprise Development experts, you will learn project management while developing quantitative and qualitative research skills. 

Seize Opportunity!

Your work will help UofS researchers and ILO professionals assess and develop new technologies and innovative ideas coming out of our university. While being exposed to entrepreneurial thinking, you will cultivate your own business network for future jobs and your own enterprises. The knowledge you create will be used in developing actual commercialization plans.

We’re looking for students from all disciplines!

On average, we’ll need you for 5 hours a week. Your salary will be in accordance with the UofS students rates of pay. Interested? Let’s talk

Submit your application online via the Career Link website using your NSID/ Password.   

Portal for Industry Engagement
Please visit our Portal for Industry Engagement page to explore opportunities for collaboration.
Intellectual Property

Intellectual property can be understood as a kind of property, just like it sounds. Canadian law creates certain rights (property) that may be held by people in relation to certain subject matters. For example, “real property” refers to legal rights in relation to land and fixtures on land. Intellectual property is a collection of rights in relation to certain intangibles – expressed or manifest “products of the mind” . The subject matters to which intellectual property rights can be attached are defined by acts of government (primarily) and the common law. Intellectual property can be acquired in relation to:

  • “inventions” by the operation of the Patent Act;
  • artistic, dramatic, musical or literary “works” by the operation of the Copyright Act;
  • plant varieties, by operation of the Plant Breeders Rights Act;
  • protection for aesthetic (non-useful) features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to useful articles is the subject of the Industrial Design Act;
  • the design of the interconnections and/or elements of layered integrated circuit products are protected under the Integrated Circuits Topography Act; and
  • marks and devices used to distinguish the wares or services of a person or business from those of others in the marketplace are protected under the Trade-marks Act.

Like other property rights, intellectual property rights can be enforced against anyone who does that which only the intellectual property holder is permitted to do, as provided by the pertinent statute.

It is important to recognize that intellectual property can be acquired only in relation to “expressed” or “manifest” products of the mind. Of surprise to some, there is simply no intellectual property available in relation to: ideas, mere information, data, knowledge, facts or know-how. Nevertheless, such assets can be valuable and there are legal means for protecting such subject matters, but not through a property regime. Protection of these subject matters can be acquired pursuant to laws that govern relations between persons. For example, to protect research results or other information or data, a person might disclose it to another in accordance with the terms of a contract that requires the recipient to not further disclose the information to another person. Such a contract is commonly called a confidential disclosure agreement, confidentiality agreement or non-disclosure agreement.

Canadian law operates only in Canada, but other countries of the world have legislation that creates rights similar (but not identical) to those available in Canada. It is important to recognize this, because a person may want to acquire intellectual property rights in more than one country.

Intellectual property may be held by an individual, solely or jointly with one or more others, or by other “legal persons” such as corporations.

Like other property, intellectual property can be bought or sold, leased, and/or licensed. A license is just a form of permission; the intellectual property holder allows a licensee to do one or more of the things that, under the relevant intellectual property law, only the intellectual property holder may do. In commercial relations, there will usually be a payment(s) given for the receipt of a license. Such payments, depending upon how they are arranged, may be called royalties. However, often money is not exchanged if the purpose of the license is to enable a non-commercial entity, such as another university researcher, perhaps a collaborator. Another way to enable another to do those things that only the intellectual property holder may do is to assign the rights. An assignment is different from a license. Assignment of intellectual property rights involves giving them to another person; it is a transfer of ownership.

Some of the types of intellectual property that are frequently created or exploited at the University of Saskatchewan are described in further detail below, as are the pertinent policies and principles that the University recognizes as being critical to their formulation.

University of Saskatchewan Principles and Policies Regarding Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Commercializing Process

If the Intellectual Property (IP) review committee accepts a recommendation for investment by ILO, a number of activities will be initiated by Technology Transfer Specialist including the following:

  • development of marketing and commercialization strategy (inventor included in process)
  • initiation of plan for obtaining statutory protection for IP (i.e. patent or copyright registration)
  • non-confidential summary of the technology licensing opportunity prepared
  • summaries posted to ILO’s web site and other web sites and databases designed for marketing university technologies
  • network of industrial contacts, conferences, tradeshows, brochures, lectures, and mailing lists used to attract licensees
  • inventor is consulted on all of these steps
Business Support
The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office has established a Start-up Company Program to assist faculty, staff and student inventors to evaluate the feasibility of forming a start-up company and licensing their technology to that company in order to capture optimal value from the technology for the inventors, the university and the local and global economy.
A start-up is defined as a company started with the express intent of capturing value from technology invented at the University, where the University owns the IP and will have direct financial return through its commercialization.
A spin-off company is created based on technology developed by U of S stakeholders but not owned by the University. The University supports these stakeholders in the development/creation of their companies because it is a direct transfer of knowledge into the community with economic impact.

The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office has established a Start-up Company Program to assist faculty, staff and student inventors to evaluate the feasibility of forming a start-up company and licensing their technology to that company in order to capture optimal value from the technology for the inventors, the university and the local and global economy.

What is a Start-up?

A start-up company is defined as a company founded upon intellectual property created at the U of S with the intention of commercializing products and processes which derive from that intellectual property.

Why Do Start-ups?

  • Provide employment opportunities for U of S graduates
  • Create long-term research relationship
  • Generate benefits for the local economy including job creation
  • Provide vehicle for commercialization that may not exist in Canada or elsewhere
  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff and student inventors to become entrepreneurs
  • Create opportunities to show-case the excellence of research being conducted at the U of S

Criteria for a Start-up

Start-up companies require significant resources both in terms of time and money. Not all technologies are equally suited for start-up company creation. In evaluating start-up company opportunities the ILO considers the following criteria:

1. Platform Technology

  • Supports a range of products, possibly in different markets
  • Solid foundation to build a company on

2. Suitable licensee not available

  • Academic research discoveries are often too early for established companies who lack the infrastructure and resources to develop the technology

3. Technology addresses a large and growing market

  • In order to attract investment and management to the company the market for the technology/product(s) must be of sufficient size to allow for significant return on investment.

4. Sustainable competitive advantage

  • Broad patent protection available

5. Coachable and entrepreneurial inventors

  • Inventor is a champion and prepared to play a key role in the early stages of the start-up.

6. Low barriers to entry

  • It may not make sense to create a company to commercialize when there is an existing industry that has invested considerable funding to develop the market and create the means to manufacture and distribute product to that market

Industry Liaison Office's (ILO's) Start-up Company Program

The Industry Liaison Office's (ILO's) start-up company program allows the ILO to play different roles depending on the needs and wishes of the start-up.

1. Founder's Role

The ILO, through the efforts and abilities of its Start-up Specialist and its Legal Manager can mentor and facilitate start-up company creation by acting as a founder of the start-up. These individuals will work with the inventors and other ILO staff to assist with the following activities:

    • Structure and Incorporate the new company
    • Draft and negotiate the initial Unanimous Shareholders Agreement and company articles and bylaws
    • Assist in the preparation of the company’s business plan
    • Assist the company with finding investors and negotiating the terms of financing
    • Recruitment of management
    • Where possible assist the company in locating appropriate space for its initial operations
    • Provide incubation support to the new company including intellectual property management, finding prototype development funds, advice regarding Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credits, support in ongoing financing efforts

In exchange for providing this service ILO will take founder’s equity. Founder’s equity does not fall under the University’s revenue sharing policy with the inventors and therefore upon liquidation is not subject to distribution with the inventors.

2. Licensing Role

The ILO will provide a License for the U of S developed technology to the start-up company. Recognizing that start-up companies are constrained by their cash flow, the ILO is prepared to consider some or all of the following options in negotiating with start-ups in exchange for taking equity or debt convertible to equity in the start-up:

    • Reduced cash considerations (upfront fees, milestones, and running royalties)
    • Delayed patent cost repayment
AIMday®

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AIMday® is coming to North America

The ILO is pleased to host the first AIMday® in North America in collaboration with the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

AIMday® Minerals 2017 will take place on March 15, 2017 in Saskatoon.

AIMday (Academia Industry Meeting day) was originally initiated and successfully developed by Uppsala University. The meeting day is structured around questions submitted by companies – those questions form the basis for workshops and discussions by academics from various disciplines. The minerals sector in Saskatchewan is seeking sustainability through innovation. The goal of AIMday® Minerals 2017 is to increase interaction between industry and academic researchers by focusing on specific R&D challenges with an aim to identify pathways to innovative solutions.

For more information on our Saskatchewan meeting visit AIMday® Minerals 2017 

For information on previous meetings visit AIMday® 

Tech Venture Challenge

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Hosted by the Industry Liaison Office at the University of Saskatchewan since 2012, the TVC has successfully supported the launch of at least 18 startups. These companies are not only operational but thriving in our local economy and beyond. As part of the evolution of the TVC, there will be a change in its host!

Starting in 2017, Innovation Saskatchewan and its partners will facilitate this competition and continue to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to launch their technology-based business ideas. The TVC is open to all Saskatchewan innovators who want to take their technology idea and translate it into a business.

More information will be made available in early 2017. Stay tuned!

Previous TVCs

Award of Innovation

The Award of Innovation - Sponsored by Innovation Place and the Industry Liaison Office

The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office (ILO) and Innovation Place are jointly sponsoring the Award of Innovation to recognize the transference of University of Saskatchewan discoveries into the marketplace. It honours those individuals who have created new concepts, processes or products that have been commercialized.

Making a Difference – To make a difference in the coming decade, the innovative abilities of the University are being translated into economic prosperity and social well being. The University continues to generate world-class research. One of ILO's objectives is to move research discoveries at the University of Saskatchewan out of the lab and into the market. We have established the Award of Innovation; in order to encourage researchers to adopt positive attitudes with respect to commercialization.

Award of Innovation – If in the sole discretion of the Selection Committee, there are suitable candidates, the award will consist of:

  • A cash award of $5,000 to be shared equally by the innovators
  • A photo on the Award of Innovation wall at the ILO
  • A trophy for personal possession

The award will be presented at the Celebrate Success Gala hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce in the spring of each year.

Selection Criteria – the committee will use the following criteria in selecting the Award of Innovation:

  • Novelty: how unique and new is the innovation? Has the innovation expanded the area to which it applies?
  • Commercial impact: what are the potential markets for the innovation? Does the innovation have the ability to generate economic benefits?

Selection Committee – The selection committee will consist of three people:

  • one representative from Innovation Place
  • one representative from ILO and

 Submissions – Download the nomination form and submit it to ilo.ovpr@usask.ca

 The closing date for nominations is December 9, 2016. All information submitted will be confidentially maintained.

Please note the new date for the SABEX Awards: February 9th, 2017 at Prairieland Park!

For more information call us at (306) 966-1465

Legal Forms & Educational Programs
Confidential Disclosure (CDAs) and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
  • To facilitate their research program and assist research colleagues at other institutions or companies U of S faculty sometimes want to receive or provide confidential information or certain materials.
  • University policy and practice require such transfers to be done with legally binding agreements in place to ensure such confidential information or materials are used only for specific purposes and are not passed on to third parties. Such agreements also ensure both parties rights regarding the use of resulting discoveries or inventions.
  • The Industry Liaison Office has the responsibility and authority to negotiate and sign such agreements on behalf of the University.
  • Whenever possible ILO tries to use the standard template Confidential Disclosure Agreement and Material Transfer Agreement that we have established but often this not possible as customization is needed for specific situations. It is common that whoever is supplying the information or material will want to use their standard agreement so when information or material is coming into U of S ILO will work with the other party to negotiate changes we think are necessary to their standard.

Please contact the ILO for advice and assistance regarding CDAs and MTAs.These arrangements are not trivial and if not done right can impact your future ability to do research. Also they are not something that can be turned around in a day or two and could take several weeks.

Memorandum of Agreement & Assignments

As a condition of employment, faculty, staff, and graduate students are required to sign an agreement with the University called the “Memorandum of Agreement Respecting Inventions”.  In this agreement, faculty, staff, and graduate students agree to transfer to the University their interests (ownership) in any Invention created in the course of employment or through the use of University resources. Assignment of intellectual property rights is a transfer of ownership.

Report of Invention

If you feel that you have an invention with commercial potential, we ask that you first contact the Industry Liaison Office to be directed to one of our Technology Transfer staff to discuss your technology. This discussion will give you an opportunity to explain your invention and highlight its advantages, to discuss how far your research has progressed, to discuss your future research plans, to discuss the possible market(s) for your invention, and to discuss any past or planned public disclosures of the invention.  At the end of this discussion, the tech transfer staff will let you know whether they would like you to submit a formal report of invention (ROI) to the Industry Liaison Office.

Educational Programs

The Industry Liaison Office has considerable expertise and knowledge in many fields related to technology protection and commercialization and we have access to experts in specific fields. As part of our program ILO offers various seminars to faculty, staff and students regarding such topics as:

  • An overview of the ILO program of technology commercialization
  • Intellectual Property Primer
    • Patents
    • Patent Prior Art and Searching the Patent Databases
    • Copyright
    • U of S IP policy
  • Going Corporate
    • ILO’s start-up Company Program
    • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SRED) tax credits
    • Structuring and incorporating a company
    • Responsibilities of Board members
    • Writing Business Plans
  • The Need For and Use of Confidential Disclosure and Material Transfer Agreements
  • IP Rights in Contract Research Agreements

Each of these topics can be expanded or contracted to suit your needs and time available. Topics other than those above can also be addressed. These can be delivered on a departmental, center or college level. If you wish to have a seminar delivered over the lunch hour ILO can supply a sandwich lunch for up to 25. Please contact the ILO for arrangements or call 306-966-1465.

For more information on services offered by the Industry Liaison Office, you can reach us at 306-966-1465 or ilo.ovpr@usask.ca