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 start-ups.

WORLDiscoveries operates as a department of Western University.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 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

WORLDiscoveries Asia

Aspiring to serve as an effective gateway and bridge between Canada and Asia for international science collaboration and technology industrialization.

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medical innovation fellows

Western Medical Innovation Fellowship

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

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Proteus Innovation Competition

A competition that challenges individuals to create a viable commercialization strategy for promising technologies.

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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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Vanguard Awards

WORLDiscoveries Annual
Vanguard Awards

Recognizing local researchers, who have achieved various market-readiness milestones.

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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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patent search workshop

Patent Search Workshops

Hands-on training from technology transfer professionals for faculty and researchers on how to search patent databases and more.

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Quick Facts






Licenses Executed


Active Licenses


Active Spin-off Companies


Direct to Market Sales

(fiscal year 2021)

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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    Innovation Ambassadors: Monthly Speaker Series

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Zoom

    The Innovation Ambassadors speaker series provides an opportunity to see what research and innovations are coming from various areas of the university. See what your colleagues are working on and how you can engage in the innovation ecosystem here at Western and in the local community.

    Learn more on the event website.

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