Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

The Foundry

Together with the Office of Partnerships and Innovation, DDQIC has developed the Foundry Program, which provides the opportunity for researchers who have intellectual property with commercial potential to work with students who are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. In partnering these groups, the Foundry Program helps researchers’ intellectual property reach its commercial potential, benefiting our regional and international communities. Foundry companies participate in the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative, accessing training, seed funding, mentorship, office space and the opportunity compete for significant seed funding in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition. 


Foundry and QICSI, 2016RockMass logo

RockMass Technologies is working to improve the safety and efficiency of geological mapping in the mining, civil engineering, and exploration industries. According to the company, the device “automatically maps a rock face while the software analyzes the data and breaks it down into key information that is used to determine the structural stability of a tunnel, mine shaft and/or rock face.”

The technology is based on research conducted at Queen’s by Professor Joshua Marshall and Ph.D. candidate Marc Gallant. Dr. Marshall and Mr. Gallant patented the technology through the Office of Partnerships and Innovation and RockMass licensed it.


Spectra Plasmonics

Foundry and QICSI, 2017Spectra logo

Spectra Plasmonics delivers a chemical sensor for applications including food safety, forensics, and law enforcement. With state-of-the-art capability, this device saves time and money in detecting trace levels of harmful compounds in complex mixtures.

The technology was invented here at Queen’s in the Chemical Engineering department by Hannah Dies (MSc’21, Meds’21), Dr. Aristides Docoslis, and Dr. Carlos Escobedo, and the product has garnered significant interest from governments and law enforcement agencies. The technology was patented through the Office of Partnerships and Innovation.