WORLDiscoveries is pleased to announce that Souzan Armstrong, PhD, has been appointed Executive Director, leading the business development arm of London’s extensive research network and the bridge between local invention and global industry.
Armstrong has served in this role on an interim basis since January 2021. Since joining WORLDiscoveries (WD) in 2010, she has also served as Director of Business Development, Life Sciences and Director of the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program, which has more than doubled the number of fellowships it offers since 2015. The program has also successfully launched a mini-MIF program targeting Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students and health-care professionals to promote design thinking principles related to innovation in the medical technology space.
Armstrong holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and is an adjunct professor in the department of biochemistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She has also served on Western’s Board of Governors.
“I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to continue building upon the foundations set by my predecessors. WD is among the top tech transfer offices in Canada thanks to the vibrant research environment at Western, our great team of professionals at WD and a supportive ecosystem of collaborators who are focused on addressing real world problems through innovative solutions,” says Armstrong on her new role.
“WD looks forward to the expansion of its educational programing by participating in the delivery and the organization of educational initiatives with other Western departments in an effort to increase technology entrepreneurship education for the community,” she continued.
The announcement was made by Lesley Rigg, Vice-President (Research) at Western University, “this is an important strategic role on the Western Research leadership team that will figure prominently in the ongoing development of the University’s innovation and strategic partnerships portfolio.”
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 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 spin-offs.
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