Innovation Awards

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What are the Innovation Awards?

Since 2013, the Innovation Awards (formerly known as Innovation Makes Sense) has honoured the University of Alberta researchers, their groundbreaking technologies and the commercialization community that has helped bring their innovations from out of the lab and into the world.

Hosted by TEC Edmonton (the commercialization agent for UAlberta), the Innovation Awards feature an awards ceremony that presents awards to those researchers who successfully received a patent for their technology that year, and who successfully created a spin-off company from the university.

The event showcases some of UAlberta’s best and brightest innovators, and their achievements that are poised to improve our quality of life and build a strong economic future for Alberta.

2016 Patent Award Recipients

2016 Spinoff Achievement Award Recipients

  • Dr. Alexey Atrazhev (Oncology) and Dr. Jason Acker (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology)
  • Dr. Steven Bergens (Chemistry)
  • Dr. David Bressler (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science) and Dr. Phillip Choi (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Dr. David Bressler (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science)
  • Dr. Jonathon Curtis (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science)
  • Dr. Raymond DeCorby (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Dr. Ing Swie Goping (Biochemistry), Dr. John Mackey (Oncology) and Dr. Alan Underhill (Oncology)
  • Dr. Greg Kawchuk (Physical Therapy)
  • Dr. Piyush Kumar (Oncology), Dr. Leonard Wiebe (Oncology), Dr. Alexander McEwan (Oncology)
  • Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Dr. Chris Le (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology), Hongquan Zhang (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology) and Dr. Xing-Fang Li (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology)
  • Dr. Xing-Fang Li (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology)
  • Dr. Richard McCreery (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Locksley McGann (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology) and Dr. Janet Elliot (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Dr. David Mitlin (Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Clarkson University; formerly Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical & Materials, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Jason Olfert (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr. Simonetta Sipione (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Christine Szymanski (Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Michael Weinfeld (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) and Dr. Dennis Hall (Faculty of Science)
  • Dr. Lori West (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Robert Wolkow (Faculty of Science)

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2015 Patent Award Recipients

2015 Spinoff Achievement Award Recipients

  • Dr. Usha Hemraz (Formerly Postdoctoral Research Fellow) and Dr. Hicham Fenniri (Formerly Faculty of Science)
  • Dr. Nadr Jomha (Medicine & Dentistry), Dr. Locksley McGann (Medicine & Dentistry) and Dr. Janet Elliott (Engineering)
  • Dr. Dileepan Joseph (Engineering)
  • Dr. Steven Kuznicki (Engineering)
  • Dr. Richard McCreery (Science)
  • Dr. Vivian Mushahwar (Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Luis Schang (Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Robert Wolkow (Science)
  • Dr. Burim Ametaj (Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences)
  • Dr. Tayfun Babadagli (Engineering)
  • Dr. Carol E. Cass (Medicine & Dentistry) and Dr. James D. Young (Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Jonathan J. Dennis (Science) and Dr. Warren H. Finlay (Engineering)
  • Dr. Michael Doschak (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Dr. David Evans (Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Dr. Dennis Hall (Science)
  • Dr. James Harynuk (Science)

10 Pi Corp (Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning)


AltaCarbon Inc.

Quantum Silicon Inc. (QSi)