Researchers at CCRI discuss university and industry collaborations at the “Working with Industry” workshop held Feb 24, 2012


Regular communications stood out as being key to effective collaborations between industry and academia at the workshop at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) on February 24th. The event featured speakers who approach industry-university partnerships from different perspectives, but who were quite aligned in their message to researchers on how to develop successful research collaborations.   The workshop entitled “Working with Industry” featured the following presentations:

  • Landscape of Business – University Partnerships (Dr. Howard Alper, CCRI uOttawa & STIC),
  • The Xerox Research Centre of Canada: An Overview (Jordan Wosnick – Xerox Research Centre of Canada),
  • Relationship Management (Dr. Adi Treasurywala, ArrowCan Partners),
  • Making it Easy to Do Business with Business (Lynn Léger, GreenCentre Canada),
  • Technology & Research Partnerships: The uOttawa Experience (Mark Pearson, uOttawa TTBE, OTTN)  

Dr. Howard Alper, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and the Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) Canada gave the opening address by providing an overview of the business – university partnerships landscape. He highlighted the diverse reasons why industry collaborates with universities, which includes access to expertise (including talented future employees), complementing in house research and development, access to technology and infrastructure, and connection to cutting edge research that may impact the company in the future.

Universities also benefit in many ways from the research collaborations with industry by enabling the research to become more relevant to society and enhancing training to students. Partnerships are essential to bridging the divide between academia and industry, enabling awareness of university research within industry, and resulting in practices and products that more directly affects society.  

Mark Pearson (uOttawa Technology Transfer Business Enterprise Office and OTTN) highlighted recent research and technology partnerships at CCRI including a three year collaboration (NSERC CRD) with an Ontario company to study applications for their novel chemicals, to a six month research collaboration with a local firm (Fed Dev Ontario) seeking to add compounds to their product to address new market opportunities.   The recent renewal of the NSERC CRD for an additional three years demonstrates a mutually beneficial partnership with successful outcomes for the company, the researcher and the granting agency.

OTTN and TTBE are committed to helping researchers and industry connect and develop partnerships; to facilitate new collaborations and to identify opportunities for researchers and businesses to work together.

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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