For the fifth year running, University of Alberta researchers took centre stage to celebrate the research and private partnerships that make our region a more innovative place.

As Jay Kumar, TEC Edmonton’s Vice-President of Technology Management put it, “securing intellectual property is never fast or easy, but it is one of the most crucial aspects of technology-based businesses and products. Without it, many of the technologies and spin-offs that impact our lives wouldn’t exist.”

Here’s to all the researchers that know the patenting process is a long, difficult road, but do it anyway. Congratulations to all award recipients this year!


TEC Edmonton CEO, Chris Lumb

“Our goal at TEC Edmonton is to support researchers so they can focus on what they do best: create cutting-edge innovations,” said Chris. TEC Edmonton has one of the best technology management teams in the country to do just that.


University of Alberta President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Turpin

“Fundamental research is critical to underpinning innovation, stimulating economic growth and improving quality of life in communities close to home and around the world,” explained Dr. Turpin.


Patent awardee James Lin accepting on behalf of Dr. David Evans (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


Patent awardee Dr. Clover Bench (Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences)


Patent awardee Dr. Walied Moussa (Faculty of Engineering)


Keynote speaker Gilles Gagnon, CEO of Ceapro Inc., tells the story of Ceapro’s growth from a small, research-based private company to expanding, going public and collaborating with University of Alberta researchers on new innovations.


Spin-off awardees representing WiDyne Technologies Inc.


Thank you to all who helped us celebrate!


50% discount on TEC services for health tech companies


The TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator Program has funding available for health technology companies looking to ramp up their business. Eligible companies could have 50 per cent of TEC Edmonton business development and/or technology management services for a specific project offset by this funding.


  • Have identified a specific project that would benefit from the funding
  • Must be a health or health-related tech company
  • Have the ability to pay for 50 per cent of the services


Please complete and submit a Connect with TEC form and include the following:

  • Your interest in the funding available through the TEC Ramp-Up Programming
  • How the company can benefit from TEC services, and
  • How the funding will have a material outcome on the company’s business success


December 31, 2018


Darrell Petras
Executive Vice-President
TEC Edmonton


Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Telebivudine to Abrogate Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Description Telbivudine Dr. Ted Allison and his team at the University of Alberta have discovered that telbivudine, a blood brain barrier-permeable thymidine analogue approved for treatment of Hepatitis B, is......

Posted: Jun 14, 2019

A Point-of-Care Diagnostic Tool to Replace Chest X-Ray for the Diagnosis of Childhood Pneumonia

Description University of Alberta researchers have discovered a novel set of biomarkers which can be used to diagnose pneumonia in children. The biomarkers include chitinase-3-like-1 (CHI3L1), lipocalin-2 (LCN-2), C-reactive protein......

Posted: Jun 14, 2019

Novel Cell Isolation Method for Bio-engineering Artificial Cartilage

Description University of Alberta researchers have developed a new method to isolate cells from knee joint (meniscus). The isolated cells are non-contractile in nature and do not form scar tissue.......

Posted: Jun 13, 2019

Novel Composite Monolith as a New Solid Phase Extraction Material for Environmental Analysis

Description University of Alberta researchers have developed a new material of a composite silica monolith nested in sponge (SiMNS) for solid phase extraction. The application of the new SiMNS material......

Posted: May 21, 2019

Self Assembling Peptide for Activating Human Mast Cells

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel biomaterial that can activate the body’s own innate immune response and accelerate the wound healing process. This technology may......

Posted: May 21, 2019

An Innocuous Structured Scaffold for Prion Disease Vaccines and Antigens

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta, led by Dr. Holger Wille, have developed a novel strategy for the creation of vaccines and specific antigens for prion protein diseases. Applying......

Posted: May 21, 2019

Spine Mounted Stereotactic System

Description Demonstration of stereotactic setup. An example of a commercially-available micromanipulator is shown. The setup can accommodate any micromanipulator design. Dr. Vivian Mushahwar and her team have developed an image-guided......

Posted: May 15, 2019

Method for the Production of Z-Olefins from 1,3-Dienes

Description Dr. Rylan Lundgren has developed a process for formate-mediated production of Z-olefins (also referred to as cis-alkenes) in the presence of a rhodium-based catalyst. The process is highly selective......

Posted: Apr 3, 2019

A Novel Method to Produce Pitched Kefir for Reducing Cholesterol

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta and TEAGASC have jointly developed a pitched-based method to produce kefir (a fermented milk beverage) that when consumed reduces blood cholesterol levels. The......

Posted: Nov 5, 2018

Novel F-18 Beta-Hydroxybutyric Acid Radiotracers for PET Imaging

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have synthesized novel beta-hydroxybutyric acid radiotracers for PET imaging using a 3 step radiosynthetic process. The compounds are designed to serve as radiofluorinated......

Posted: Nov 5, 2018

A Novel Method for CryoPreservation of Cells in Monolayers

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel method to cryopreserve cells while adhered in a monolayer configuration. This method can preserve cells on a substrate and......

Posted: Oct 30, 2018

Train-Triggered Alert System for Conditioning and Warning Wildlife

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel, inexpensive, and compact system to alert wildlife to approaching trains, increasing the time available to avoid a collision. Rail-caused......