Leading Edge

2011 Annual Report

Leading Edge

Five years ago, leaders from Western University, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute elected to combine each of their respective business development offices, mandates and resources under one banner called WORLDiscoveries®.

Five years later, the intended outcomes from what some considered a bold experiment have been largely realized and in many cases exceeded; outcomes that we affectionately call “The Edge Effect”.

Quick Facts for 2011 Fiscal Year

47 patents issued

11 cumulative spin-off companies

$1.5 million in commercialization grants

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$5.1 million in revenue

65 disclosures

10 trademarks issued


Our Team

Executive Director

Paul Paolatto
Executive Director

Asia Operations

Ling Ting

Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) & Social Innovation

Patrick Therrien
Senior Business Development Manager

Jaipreet Bindra
Senior Business Development Manager

Life Sciences

Souzan Armstrong
Senior Business Development Manager

Kirk Brown
Senior Business Development Manager

Sandy Vascotto
Senior Business Development Manager

Support Services

Nadine Weedmark
Manager, Intellectual Property & Admin

Jan Payne
Patent and Market Analyst

Thurman Sawyer
Agreements Advisor

Lori Lariviere
Program Coordinator

Mona Wuytenburg
Administrative Assistant

Fabian Folias
Electronic Media Channel Coordinator

Jonathan Deeks
Inventions and Patents Manager

Board of Directors

John Capone, Chair
Western University

David Hill
Lawson Health Research Institute

Mike Irwin

Kevin Robertson

Dwayne Martins
Western University

Paul Paolatto

Janice McMichael-Dennis
Bluewater Power

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