The Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team offers various services and resources to Queen’s students and post-doctoral fellows. For services, resources and programs for entrepreneurs, please visit our page for entrepreneurs, startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises.
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Legal services and commercialization
As Research Centres and Institutes, faculty members, post-docs and students become more entrepreneurial and more focused on opportunities to commercialize intellectual property, and-or may be working in or managing a busy laboratory with multiple students and projects including projects with industry partners, it is important to document roles, responsibilities, and rights of the university, faculty members and students. These arrangements can be novel as well as complex.
The QPI team has experienced personnel to advise on commercialization strategies including licensing, option agreements, trade secrets, the creation of startups, the Foundry program, and incubation and acceleration programs.
Workshops and events
From Lab 2 Fulfillment is a workshop series created by Dr. Orly Yadid-Pecht to guide women towards commercialization by supporting the transformation of their research and discoveries into profitable products and companies. Dr. Yadid-Pecht is an Electrical Engineering Professor at the University of Calgary, AITF Strategic Chair in Integrated Intelligent Sensors, consultant, and certified coach. She holds over 30 patents and has co-founded several successful start-ups (WiDR, ToneTech, Luxmux and EatLittle).
QPI will host the From Lab 2 Fulfillment workshop series, which will commence on June 22, 2023. Applications are open until May 26, 2023 .
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 Seriescovers 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 offers resources to assist eligible startups, founded by faculty members, post-docs, and-or students, with an invention disclosure, intellectual property management strategies, startup formation, incubation and acceleration programs, and connections to local partners in the innovation ecosystem.