With a new school year well underway, the Office of Partnerships and Innovation (OPI) is keeping busy. We took a summer hiatus from the blog but we are excited to share happenings from the last three months! If you’ve missed our first six editions, please check them out:


GrindSpaceXL expands 2018 cohort

Innovation Park at Queen’s University opened applications for the sixth GrindSpaceXL (GSXL) cohort over the course of the summer months and in September, the accelerator program commenced. Organized by Queen’s OPI and with support from Launch Lab, GrindSpaceXL-Kingston (GSXL-K) is a cohort-based program that offers early-stage ventures the opportunity to engage with other motivated entrepreneurs while working on deliverables laid out in a personalized development plan based on a needs assessment. Content is delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs, and Queen’s and Launch Lab provide support to participating entrepreneurs and startups during and following graduation from GSXL-K, including facilitating access to funding opportunities and other resources, and making connections to partners and collaborators including Invest Ottawa and L-SPARK. Nine companies were chosen to participate in this year’s program. For more information about GSXL and this year’s ventures, please see our article, “GrindSpaceXL increases cohort for 2018 program."

The Technology Transfer Unit (TTU) is pleased to report that eight U.S. patents have been granted since 1 May 2018:

  • Patent No. 9,983,673 entitled "Haptic Rendering for a Flexible Computing Device" was issued on 29 May to Roel Vertegaal in the School of Computing.
  • Patent No. 9,988,685 entitled “Methods and Kits for Diagnosing, Prognosticating Risk/Outcome, and/or Treating Breast Cancer” was issued on 5 June to Christopher Mueller and Kirsten Nesset, based on research in the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute.
  • Patent No. 10,014,050 entitled “High Sum-Rate Write-Once Memory” was issued on 3 July to Jay Hua and Shahram Yousefi, based on research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Patent No. 10,015,848 entitled “Primary Side Controlled LED Driver with Ripple Cancellation” was issued on 3 July to Peng Fang and Yan-Fei Liu in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Patent No. 10,015,849 entitled “Ripple Cancellation Converter with High Power Factor” was issued on 3 July to Yan-Fei Liu in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Patent No. 10,018,712 entitled “Method for Improved Ultrasonic Detection” was issued on 10 July to Mehdi Moradi, Purang Abolmaesumi, Parvin Mousavi, Eric Sauerbrei, Robert Siemens, and Phillip Isotalo, based on research in the School of Computing, the School of Medicine, and the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.
  • Patent No. 10,022,818 entitled “Methods and Systems for Coherent Imaging and Feedback Control for Modification of Materials” was issued on 17 July to Paul Webster, James Fraser, and Victor Yang, based on research in the Department of Physics.
  • Patent No. 10,023,751 entitled “Anti-Smudge and Anti-Graffiti Compositions” was issued on 17 July to Heng Hu, Guojun Liu, and Muhammad Rabnawaz, based on research in the Department of Chemistry.

Additional Happenings in and around the OPI in July, August and September...

  • The TTU continued assisting the 2018 Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative teams, in some cases filing patent applications to protect their inventions; these teams included AquaSwift (GSXL 2018 participant), ClimaCube, and Durabyte.
  • The Research Partnerships Unit (RPU) engaged with more than 100 researchers at Queen’s, and more than 100 companies and organizations in the region, Ontario, Canada, or internationally. The RPU also worked on advancing several large institutional proposals.
  • The Research Contracts Unit (RCU) received and commenced review of 265 new files and/or agreements. The RCU team also finalized negotiations, and signed or closed 235 files and/or agreements on behalf of the research enterprise and community at Queen’s.
  • The RCU recently completed a complex agreement for researchers in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy involving a collaboration between Queen’s and a leading geriatric care organization. The contract negotiation required the review and negotiation of a comprehensive set of schedules to the agreement, including a detailed intellectual property term sheet.
  • The Regional Innovation Ecosystem Unit (RIEU) incubated 35 startup companies at Innovation Park, including 15 founded by Queen’s faculty, current or recent staff, and/or student entrepreneurs. The following are samples of events and-or resources organized by the RIEU for its clients at Innovation Park during this three-month period:
    • Sales coach Les Magyar, from Infinity Sales Solutions, met one-on-one with 4 ventures in July, 5 ventures in August, and in September, Mr. Magyar presented a workshop entitled “The Psychology of Closing Sales” followed by 3 one-on-one sales coaching sessions. The sales coaching sessions are intended to provide companies with specific advice on how to improve and implement their sales plans.
    • The RIEU planned and coordinated the recruitment, evaluation, pitch day and selection of the GSXL cohort with the help of our partners and local startup community members.
  • The OPI worked with Bryan Costello of Costello Prosthetic Warmers (CPW) to develop and publish a story about the first iteration of the CPW prototype, a portable prosthetic warming device, to help with temperature regulation of both the body and amputated limb of amputees. As part of the Kingston-Syracuse Pathway initiative, the OPI introduced CPW to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where the company received support to develop his prototype by the Queen’s Materials and Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design students Read more about the collaboration in our article, “Costello Prosthetic Warmers an early example of cross-border collaboration."

Staffing Updates

We have had quite a few staffing changes happening in the OPI. We are sad to see some of our staff move on, but we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors:

Farewell to Bethany Gillen!

Bethany Gillen joined PARTEQ Innovations in June 2016 as a Financial Analyst. Amongst her many duties and tasks, she assisted with the transition of the financial systems of PARTEQ to the Queen’s system. Beth left the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at the end of August to continue her education towards becoming an accredited Chartered Professional Accountant.

Hello to Peter Hill!

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Peter Hill to the Office of Partnerships and Innovation (TTU) as a Financial Analyst. Peter started with OPI-TTU at the end of August. Peter brings considerable experience in finance/accounting to our team. He was most recently with a company named RR Donnelley located in Trenton, Ontario. Peter has also worked at companies such as Specialty Gaskets Inc., Roboco Inc., and Levi Strauss & Co., among others. Peter has also operated his own bookkeeping and tax services business.

So long to Edward Thomas!

Edward Thomas, Assistant Director within the Office of Partnerships and Innovation, left our Portfolio at the end of September to join the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute as Associate Director of External Relations. Edward has been a valued member of the VP Research Portfolio for 10 years, focusing on the development of collaborative research projects, building relationships with potential industry partners, understanding the evolving needs of industry, and helping faculty members respond to industry-generated problem statements addressable through Queen’s applied research activity. Ed was heavily engaged in several of Queen’s campus and regional ecosystem innovation initiatives and experiential learning initiatives, providing significant support and guidance to students, entrepreneurs, founders, and startups in Eastern Ontario.

Thanks for reading!

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