10 Years

2018 Annual Report

10 Years

WORLDiscoveries® was formed in 2008 by Western University, Robarts Research Institute, and Lawson Health Research Institute, seeking to dramatically increase its return on investment to the researchers and the community through licensing and the creation of spin-off companies.

10 years later, WORLDiscoveries has become a leading commercialization centre in Canada and a significant contributor to the growing number of partnerships between academics and commerce, research and business, institutions and community.

WORLDiscoveries continues to work with an impressive team of private and public sector collaborators both locally and internationally who are committed to the timely transfer of innovative research products and services to the community for the benefit of all.


Quick Facts for 2018 Fiscal Year

61 patents issued

35 active spin-off companies

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33 license agreements

$374 thousand in commercialization grants

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$4.2 million in revenue

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159 active licenses

$2.8 million distributed to researchers



Our Team

Executive Director

Lisa Cechetto
Executive Director

Asia Operations

Ling Ting

Amy Dang
Project Coordinator

Betsy Kuai
Administration Manager

Alex Yang
Business Development Director

Frank Cui
Project Manager

Carle Tse
Business Development Officer

Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) & Social Innovation

Patrick Therrien
Senior Business Development Manager

Noshin Hashim
Business Development Officer


Life Sciences

Souzan Armstrong
Director, Business Development

Kirk Brown
Senior Business Development Manager

Tyler Lougheed
Business Development Manager

Patricia Pan
Business Development Manager

Saqib Sachani
Business Development Officer


Support Services

Nadine Weedmark
Manager, Intellectual Property & Admin

Jan Payne
Patent and Market Analyst

Thurman Sawyer
Agreements Advisor

Lori Lariviere
Program Coordinator

Bev Bailey
Administrative Officer

Andrea Pavez
Administrative Assistant

Jordan Flemming
Digital Marketing Manager



Board of Directors

John Capone, Chair
Western University

David Hill
Lawson Health Research Institute

Mike Irwin

Peter Johnson

Dwayne Martins
Western University

Marilyn Sinclair

Alex Weiner
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