2021 Annual Report


WD Team CollageWORLDiscoveries® was formed  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.

As a leading commercialization centre in Canada, WORLDiscoveries is 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 2021 Fiscal Year

16 patents issued

44 active spin-off companies

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35 license agreements

$318 thousand in commercialization grants

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$7.61 million in revenue

58 disclosures

215 active licenses

$5.37 million distributed to researchers


Our Team

Executive Director

Souzan Armstrong
Executive Director

Asia Operations

Ling Ting
Director, Canada Operations

Ruby Zhao
Business Development Officer

Sean Ly
Administrative Coordinator

Betsy Kuai
Director, China Operations

Cynthia Chen
Business Development Manager

Karinna Yu (On Leave)
Business Development Officer

Engineering and Natural Sciences

Noshin Hashim
Business Development Officer

Life Sciences

Kirk Brown
Senior Business Development Manager

Colin Macaulay
Business Development Manager

Saqib Sachani
Business Development Manager

Patricia Pan
Business Development Manager

Support Services

Bev Bailey
Administrative Officer

Tyler Lougheed
Patent and Market Analyst

Nadine Weedmark
Manager, Intellectual Property & Admin

Thurman Sawyer
Agreements Advisor

Jordan Flemming
Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca Gould
Project Coordinator

Board of Directors

Lesley Rigg, Chair
Western University

David Litchfield
Western University

David Hill
Lawson Health Research Institute

Mike Irwin

Alex Weiner
HomeVerified Inc.

Christina Fox

Peter Johnson