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  • Accelerating the business of commercialization for future prosperity

    Oct 02, 2012Accelerating the business of commercialization for future prosperity
    CCR invited key players in the innovation space to Ottawa to hear the findings of an independent report CCR commissioned to measure the overall impact of its services on the Canadian economy since its inception.
  • Specializing in the business of innovation

    Sep 26, 2012Specializing in the business of innovation
    Professional engineer and former president of NSERC, Dr. Tom Brzustowski is an expert in commercialization and innovation. The Chair of the Centre for Commercialization of Research's (CCR's) Advisory Board, Dr. Brzustowski discusses the business of innovation and what Canada needs to do better.
  • Singapore Bound

    Sep 19, 2012Singapore Bound
    For emerging companies that are hoping to internationalize quickly, Singapore can be an important entry point. For two such companies accompanying the Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) to Singapore in mid-October, this gateway to Asia will hopefully open some doors.
  • Attracted to the brain's mysteriousness

    Sep 12, 2012Attracted to the brain's mysteriousness
    Dr. Talebinejad is a biomedical engineer whose fascination with the brain has led him to a research career – and now a business – in noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical, stimulation-based therapy for depression, Alzheimer's and more.
  • Neptec

    Collaborative Research Project Goes Boldly Where No Collab Has Gone Before

    Aug 29, 2012 Collaborative Research Project Goes Boldly Where No Collab Has Gone Before
    In preparation for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, OCE funded a collaborative research project between University of Guelph prof. Ralf Gellert and Brampton-based manufacturing partner MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to develop an improved Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) for the Curiosity rover.
  • Farming 4R Watershed project seeds collaboration and knowledge transfer

    Aug 23, 2012Farming 4R Watershed project seeds collaboration and knowledge transfer
    Funded by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Social Innovation Program, the Farming 4R Watershed project will protect water quality and support Ontario agriculture.
  • Talk Rocket

    MyVoice Takes Off with New App, New Price and New Language

    Aug 22, 2012MyVoice Takes Off with New App, New Price and New Language
    OCE-supported start-up MyVoice has released app TalkRocket Go, a more robust, more wheelchair-friendly, more cost effective, more accessible and now in French, more linguistically diverse upgrade of its original communication aid.
  • Driven to succeed: exceptional quartet of young innovators investigate electric vehicles as a power source

    Aug 20, 2012Driven to succeed: exceptional quartet of young innovators investigate electric vehicles as a power source
    In their final year, Kris Harris, Maclean Shea, John Sparks and Vaughn DiMarco all enrolled in Ontario Centres of Excellence's Connections program. When they came together to solve a real-world problem, they had to push their skill sets to their limits, ultimately graduating with a degree and another shared title - that of consultant.
  • More doors open for Toronto-based ShopLocket to power the next wave of e-commerce

    Aug 13, 2012More doors open for Toronto-based ShopLocket to power the next wave of e-commerce
    In partnership with Extreme Startups, OCE's SmartStart program helped position tech start-up Shoplocket for $1-million in additional seed financing. One of the first SmartStart participants, ShopLocket has proven to the investment community it has the potential to disrupt the e-commerce space and power a new wave of merchants.
  • A head for business

    Aug 09, 2012A head for business
    New Wilfrid Laurier graduate Dave Inglis took an athletic career-ending injury and turned it into a business opportunity. He pitched his concussion management mobile app, The Concussion Toolbox, at OCE's Experiential Learning Competition at Discovery and was one of three $25,000 prize winners.
  • Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program

    Aug 08, 2012Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program
    Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program: Letters of intent due September 28, 2012; Full submissions due December 20, 2012.
  • Tip of the hat to Top Hat Monocle

    Aug 02, 2012Tip of the hat to Top Hat Monocle
    Interactive education software company Top Hat Monocle recently landed $8M in Series A financing. The compnay started as a graduate school project in 2009 at the University of Waterloo.
  • Sue Abu-Hakima Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

    Jul 30, 2012Sue Abu-Hakima Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
    OCE’s Board of Directors Vice-Chair Dr. Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima was recently honoured with a newly minted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, being awarded throughout the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year of 2012.
  • Ontario-made Cardiac Care Device Greenlit by European Union

    Jul 26, 2012Ontario-made Cardiac Care Device Greenlit by European Union
    OCE-supported Company CellAegis Receives European CE Mark Certification for Broad Clinical Testing of its autoRIC noninvasive organ protection device.
  • Three young OCE entrepreneurs nominated for FuEL Awards

    Jul 25, 2012Three young OCE entrepreneurs nominated for FuEL Awards
    Young OCE entrepreneurs Ronald Richardson, Benbria; Arjun Kumar, Kela Medical; and Armen Bakirtzian, Avenir Medical are nominated for FuEL Awards.
  • Reap What You Sow: Grad Student Launches Urban Farming Business with Potential for Profit and Social Impact

    Jul 24, 2012Reap What You Sow: Grad Student Launches Urban Farming Business with Potential for Profit and Social Impact
    For a generation that was raised more on Ronald McDonald than “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” choosing to be an agri-preneur may be out of the ordinary. But for University of Toronto Civil Engineering PhD candidate, Heather Wray, it just makes sense.
  • Remembering Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Beginnings

    Jul 23, 2012Remembering Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Beginnings
    The first five years of the OCE Program were all about building infrastructure and critical mass in each of the seven centres. The next five years were about growing the networks. It was when the original seven centres merged into four in 1998 that the focus shifted and the mission became clear: to commercialize publicly funded research to help drive the economy.
  • Windows into Ontario

    Jul 19, 2012Windows into Ontario
    OCE was one of more than 200 exhibitors showcasing to an international audience at the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) as part of the Ontario, Your Next Big Idea Pavillion.
  • Partnering for Poverty Alleviation

    Jul 16, 2012Partnering for Poverty Alleviation
    More than 90 participants from the private, academic, non-profit and social enterprise sectors recently gathered at Algonquin College in Ottawa to share their experiences and brainstorm collaborative innovative solutions to poverty alleviation as part of OCE's Social Innovation Partnership Challenge forum.
  • Mining sector in need of young innovators

    Jul 11, 2012Mining sector in need of young innovators
    With global demand for its products tripling, an aging workface and a gap in the number of qualified workers graduating from the education system and the volume of jobs to fill, the mining industry is in need of some young innovators.