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Frontier Science

Welcome to Alberta, Canada's pinnacle of discovery science.

Edmonton Alberta Canada

DiscoveryLab: taking it to market

This is an open forum for academics, start-ups and SMEs to explore opportunities to develop and commercialize new technologies and business plans for new products and services derived from their research.

We host quarterly events where anyone can pitch their plan to a panel of legal, business management, marketing, financial and investment experts who give independent feedback and the potential to attract support.

NANUC NMR chamber

NANUC chamber for magnetic resonance spectrometers


1. building trust and mutual understanding to ensure sustainable and rewarding multi-party relationships for discovering novel therapeutics, diagnostics and devices,

2. identifying major challenges that require innovative thinking including tackling unexploited target types,

3. mapping out precompetitive spaces for open-source collaboration and harmonization of standards,

4. developing fair and reasonable intellectual property strategies for progression and scalable funding,

5. structuring and optimizing core activities and facilities for delivery of milestone-driven projects, and 

6. increasing data quality, reproducibility and decisiveness while eliminating unnecessary duplication and costs.

We welcome academic collaborators and industry partners.


DiscoveryLab was initiated by Michael Overduin and coworkers with a grant from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Innovates, Department of Economic Development and Trade, and the Province of Alberta.

The funding was announced at NANUC by the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan on March 14, 2016. The press included the CBC, Edmonton Journal and Sun, iNews, University of Alberta and Global News.

Event Sponsors:

Parlee McLaws



Supported by:

Department of Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Funded by a John R. Evans Leaders Fund Award

university of alberta canada foundation for innovation alberta innovates