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Business Development Manager

on December 7, 2021

The Business Development Manager will lead, develop and implement strategies to enhance commercialization of intellectual property created by Western faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff, and provide support in matters related to industrial interactions and intellectual property management. The role will establish relationships in order to solicit new innovations for WORLDiscoveries, seek out commercialization opportunities and maintain relationships with industry, partners and other stakeholders in order to reinforce and advance the reputation of Western and WORLDiscoveries locally, nationally and internationally.

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Program Director – Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF)

on December 2, 2021

Innovation fellowship programs have been developed to immerse highly talented scientists, engineers and clinicians in training and research environments that build innovation leaders and create novel medical technologies.  In collaboration with the Executive Director, WORLDiscoveries, the Program Director will lead the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program, and develop strategies, policies and processes to secure funding opportunities for the program.  The Program Director will develop and maintain relationships with industry, donors, government and other stakeholders, develop strategic plans, and manage the allocation and reporting of financial, human and physical resources to support the MIF program. In doing so, the Program Director will reinforce and advance the reputations for Western, WORLDiscoveries, BrainsCAN and the MIF locally, nationally and internationally, and enhance the MIF program’s brand recognition.

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From left to right: Sherif Abdou, Saumik Biswas, Michael Lavdas, Eveline Pasman

Western Medical Innovation Fellowship startup, Tenomix, receives FACIT funding in collaboration with scientists at Western

on October 18, 2021

For the culmination of their work through the 10.5-month program, the 2020-21 cohort of Western Medical Innovation Fellows (MIF) have launched a startup for one of their program projects. Tenomix will help commercialize a bench-top robotic scanning device that can automate the detection of lymph nodes in resected colorectal cancer tissues. The purpose of the device is to help pathology staff shorten sample preparation time, accelerate sample throughput, achieve productivity gains, and contribute to the current standard of care with the use of fewer laboratory resources than existing manual methods.

The nascent company just received six-figure funding from FACIT, a commercialization venture firm that builds companies with entrepreneurs to accelerate oncology innovation, with a portfolio that has attracted more than $1 billion in investment to Ontario. FACIT receives support through its strategic partner, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), which is funded by the Government of Ontario. FACIT also runs an annual pitch competition for Ontario-based oncology innovations, and selected Tenomix as a finalist in the 2021 event.

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WORLDiscoveries Annual Vanguard Awards 2021

on October 2, 2021

In the midst of the global pandemic, one of the region’s busiest pediatric doctors also became one of the country’s most prolific researchers in service to a broader public good.

Dr. Doug Fraser’s work in developing state-of-art technologies in COVID-19 and traumatic brain injury research is poised to have a national and international impact – and has earned him the prestigious Vanguard Innovator of the Year award by WORLDiscoveries.

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News Release: Souzan Armstrong appointed Executive Director of WORLDiscoveries

on September 1, 2021

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.

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Medical Innovation Fellows work to develop new technologies

on July 24, 2021

Western has recruited some of the top scientists, engineers and medical residents from across the country to be part of the seventh cohort of its Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program.

Moving into its seventh year, the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program has recruited a group of talented clinicians, scientists and engineers to tackle some of the medical field’s most pressing challenges.

The program takes place over 10.5 months where fellows will learn about topics relevant to business and technology commercialization, prior to being immersed in clinics, where they identify market needs. They then develop and prototype solutions by working with researchers, clinicians and technology transfer offices to generate new intellectual property. Graduates of the program have become leaders in industry, research and health care and have started their own companies.

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Innovation Ambassadors Showcase kicks off Monthly Speaker Series

on June 3, 2021

The Innovation Ambassadors Showcase: COVID-19’s Impact on the Innovation Ecosystem was a great success with hundreds of members of the Western community tuning in to hear from the distinguished lineup of panelists.

This virtual event, hosted by the Innovation Ambassadors, was designed to promote engagement with our community by showcasing Western’s research innovation and its impact on our society in a world transformed by COVID-19.

The showcase included a keynote presentation by neuroscientist and best-selling author Adrian Owen. Following the keynote there was three panel discussions with researchers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs on how they adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how things have changes in research, the economy and society as a whole. The audience was able to take part in a Q&A following each presentation and discussion.

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Media share story of Annexin A5 sepsis treatment in COVID-19 Patients

on June 1, 2021

Several media outlets have shared how Annexin and its Use to Treat Inflammatory Disorders, an innovation WORLDiscoveries has been working diligently to commercialize, is being used in a trial to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients with sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection turns into an overwhelming inflammatory response. The inflammatory response can cause damage to organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, and even the brain. Most critically ill COVID-19 patients develop sepsis.

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Western Medical Innovation Fellows take second place in MSK Innovation Competition

on May 23, 2021

The Western Innovation Fellows (MIF) have won a cash prize of $5,000 by landing the runner-up position in the 2021 MSK Innovation Competition.

First launched in the spring of 2019, the MSK competition aims to cultivate innovative ideas that can be pitched to investors and promote an entrepreneurial spirit. The stage of development is not restricted for entrants and anyone on the commercialization path is welcome to participate. The competition is open to all London-based entrepreneurial musculoskeletal experts. The initiative is hosted by the Bone and Joint Institute and the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at Western.

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Western Medical Innovation Fellows reel in a Best of Show prize

on April 29, 2021

The Western Medical Innovation Fellows continue their winning streak having won the Best of Show prize at the 2021 Walleye Tank pitch competition. Walleye Tank is Minnesota’s life science pitch competition providing an educational and promotional opportunity for emerging medical and life science companies. 

The fellows participated in the Junior Anglers division, which is for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. Participants in this division have typically not incorporated their company yet or completed their minimum viable product (MVP). They competed against five other teams.

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