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About Us

WORLDiscoveries® is the Business Development arm of London’s extensive research network and the bridge between local invention and global industry.

Born out of a partnership between The University of Western Ontario, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute (collectively known as the ‘Partners’), WORLDiscoveries® draws upon a mix of industry connections, sector-specific market knowledge and business development expertise, to help researchers and local inventors commercialize their discoveries through licensing and new company spin-offs.

In delivering this value proposition, WORLDiscoveries® will be a material contributor to the sustained financial health and vitality of London’s Research Row and the community at large.

London’s Research Row is a new concept used to describe a geographical band that is home to a large number of London’s research-based institutions. The Row, which employs nearly 2,000 researchers and conducts over $330 million in research annually, runs in a notional straight line from Western’s Research Park, London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital (LHSC), Robarts, St. Joseph's Hospital, south to the Children's Health Research Institute and London Regional Cancer Program located at LHSC, Victoria Hospital and Parkwood Hospital.

More importantly, WORLDiscoveries® seeks to;

  • Remain one of the top five business development offices in Canada.
  • Substantially increase the number of spin-off companies in the region.
  • Reinforce WORLDiscoveries® and Research Row as a preeminent commercialization centre in North America.

WORLDiscoveries® represents a new and exciting means of bringing local knowledge and invention to the global market and the global market to our local economy.

Continue browsing our website or contact a member of our team to discuss how WORLDiscoveries® could be of service to you.

2016 Annual Report

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our vision

A mutually beneficial market partnership for every innovation in the WORLDiscoveries® portfolio.

our mission

WORLDiscoveries® strives to:

Encourage and promote innovation at Western University, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute; and ...more

Identify and facilitate the protection, development and timely transfer of said innovative research products and services for the use and benefit of the organization, its faculty, staff, students and society.

our team

Our team is responsible for:

  • Identifying, protecting and promoting promising discoveries and technologies generated at Western, Robarts & Lawson;
  • Guiding and assisting inventors in exercising value-added technology development strategy and exploring commercialization funding opportunities;
  • Negotiating and closing licensing deals with industrial partners committed to developing Western, Robarts & Lawson inventions.

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