Can science and business fruitfully cohabitate? It’s possible. And it’s happening in a Vancouver university campus where physicists can be found hard at work on their cyclotron particle accelerator in one room while industry people are in another room testing for radiation particles. These are common-day activities in TRIUMF, one of Canada’s large-scale research facilities, which is home to hundreds of researchers from academia, other research institutes and industry from across Canada and around the world.
A Waterloo policy think tank founded by former Blackberry executive Jim Balsillie is funding a new study that will examine how start-ups can get access to free intellectual property legal services across Canada. The one-year project is examining the success of the Innovation Clinic at York Univ’s Osgoode Hall Law School, with a view to replicating the model nationally.
The Univ of Saskatchewan has recruited a veteran Swedish venture capitalist to overhaul its Industry Liaison Office (ILO), re-brand it Innovation Enterprise (IE) and inject a strong industry pull into its operations.
RE$EARCH MONEY editor Mark Henderson recently spoke to John Risley, Nova Scotia’s widely-recognized seafood baron and one of the province’s most influential corporate citizens, about Atlantic Canada’s strategy and prospects for becoming a global innovation hub of ocean-related science.