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: 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......

Posted: Oct 19, 2018

New Topical Therapy for Melanoma

Description Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar and collaborators have developed a PCBCL–b-PEG-b-PCBCL (PolyGelTM) hydrogel formulation of silibinin which provides enhanced skin permeabiity and delayed release of silibinin under physiological conditions. In vitro......

Posted: Aug 2, 2018

Novel FOXM-1 inhibitors for diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta are utilizing their new insights into the mechanism of action of FOXM-1 inhibitors to design first in class oncology drugs targeting FOXM-1 protein.......

Posted: Aug 2, 2018

Novel SERS-Based Biosensing platform for prostate cancer

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed biogenic silver nanoparticles which can be used as plasmonic labels for enhanced spectroscopy applications. The nanoparticles can be modified with Raman......

Posted: Mar 29, 2018

Hand-Held Device and Computer-Implemented Steering of a Percutaneously Inserted Needle

Description Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli and his team at the University of Alberta have developed a novel hand-held device and methods to enable real-time assisted steering of percutaneously inserted needles, such as......

Posted: Mar 20, 2018

Novel Radiation-Responsive Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta in collaboration with Lakehead University have developed novel radiation-responsive block polymers for drug delivery. The nanoparticles are modified poly-L-glutamic acid (m-PGA) polymers which......

Posted: Mar 13, 2018

Flow Cytometry Sensing Using Diffracted Orders of a Grating

Description Flow cytometry is a useful tool that employed in diagnoses of various blood diseases, basic research, clinical trials or even as a “cell sorter” instrument. Currently, flow cytometry involves......

Posted: Mar 13, 2018

Off-Axis Spiral Phase Mirrors To Create Vortex Beams

Description There has been an increased interest in taking advantage of the orbital angular momentum properties of light via helical wavefronts for various applications in manufacturing, imaging, and communications. By......

Posted: Mar 6, 2018

Allyl Monomers And Polymers From Glycerol

Description In recent years, with the rapid expansion in biodiesel production, the biodiesel industry is facing the dilemma, on the one hand, of how to meet an ever-growing biofuel demand,......