Partnerships and Innovation

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Queen's University’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) supports the Vice-Principal Research Portfolio’s mission to be an essential catalyst for advancing research and knowledge mobilization, strengthening Queen’s local, national and global impact.

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QPI supports faculty, researchers and students to develop the skills needed for meaningful research impacts in the areas of knowledge mobilization, partnerships, industrial R&D and innovation and commercialization.

Upon request or invitation, the QPI team can deliver an array of workshops and specific training sessions for departments, associated faculty members, and researchers; and coordinates and delivers interactive sector-specific workshops to facilitate engagement between faculty members and industry.

If there are other workshop topics that would better meet the needs of your faculty and staff, contact us to discuss your interest.

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QPI designs and delivers bespoke versions of its Market-Focused Research Workshop Series, upon request, to cohorts of faculty members, post-doctoral fellows or graduate students, who are interested in knowledge mobilization and commercialization of research outcomes. The Workshop Series covers topics such as market/technology assessments, design thinking, intellectual property, effective communication, and commercialization strategies to support research, research partnerships, and commercialization/startup formation activities.

The Market-Focused Research (Health) program is designed for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows or graduate students, and who are interested in translational life sciences research and its commercialization. The program emphasizes gaining an understanding of the needs of industry and customers, incorporating possible solutions to satisfy those needs into the earliest stages of research, which can significantly improve commercial potential.

Participants will learn skills related to market/technology assessment, design thinking, intellectual property, communication, and strategies/considerations for technology commercialization. Unique aspects of healthcare commercialization will be discussed including navigating regulatory complexity, quality control, and conducting clinical trials.

The QPI team has patent agents and other staff members who can provide advice on patentability, commercialization, and other intellectual property matters. The QPI team is responsible for drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, managing patent portfolios, and providing strategies for intellectual property protection.

Our patent agents can provide workshops on patents and intellectual property strategies.

The QPI team and partners offer numerous programs, workshops, and events for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs in Eastern Ontario. To learn about upcoming workshops and events available via the QPI team, visit our Events and Workshops page.