Technology Transfer and Business Development

Working With Our Partners, Bringing Innovation to Market


Born out of a partnership between Western University, 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 startups.

WORLDiscoveries operates as a department of Western University.

Want to disclose a new innovation to our office? See Our Process page. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us today.

We look forward to working with you.

Western University Canada
Robarts Research Institute
Lawson Health Research Institute

Our Process

Strategically, we follow a 6-step process in turning your innovations into profitable consumer-ready products:


01 Disclosure

The first step of our commercialization process is to submit a Report of Innovation (ROI)…


02 Assessment

Our team quickly assesses the strength of its market potential and considers a strategy for intellectual property protection…


03 Protection

To successfully deliver your innovation to the market, we are committed to directing approved innovations to companies…


04 Marketing

We combine your leading-edge discovery with our skills, experience and knowledge to turn your research into a marketable product…


05 Agreements

We are focused on a beneficial working relationship and will legally represent your innovation…


06 Compliance

Executing an agreement is only the first step…

Our Programs

medical innovation fellows

Western Medical Innovation Fellowship

Working with researchers, clinicians and technology transfer offices to generate new intellectual property.

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A mentorship program for women and underrepresented researchers covering commercialization, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

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Proteus Innovation Competition

A competition that challenges individuals to create a viable commercialization strategy for promising technologies coming out of Southwestern Ontario.

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Innovation Ambassadors

A cross-campus group of faculty who share ideas, guidance, understanding, expertise, and insight into entrepreneurship unique to Western.

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ip strategy boot camp

IP Strategy Boot Camp

A series of six 90-minute sessions that cover various topics related to the management and commercialization of intellectual property rights.

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GSIS cohort at Propel

Graduate Student Innovation Scholars

Endorsing personal entrepreneurship, continued career growth and expansion, work ethic and business accomplishments.

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Vanguard Awards

Vanguard Awards

An annual WORLDiscoveries awards ceremony recognizing local researchers, who have achieved various market-readiness milestones.

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WORLDiscoveries Asia

WORLDiscoveries Asia was established in 2011 in response to the changing global economy and to build upon strong ties between Western University researchers and Asian institutions.

Our goal is to enhance Western University’s profile and the level of engagement in the area of research collaboration and technology commercialization in the region.

WD Asia is the link between Canada and Asia for international science collaboration and technology commercialization.

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Quick Facts






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Active Spin-off Companies


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Startups and Products

Startup Showcase

A list of various startups that were founded with consultation from WORLDiscoveries utilizing technologies developed at our partner institutions.

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Direct-to-Market Products

The WORLDiscoveries market has several consumer ready products meeting a variety of needs in healthcare and education.

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