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Frontier Science

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

Edmonton Alberta Canada

Discoveries making a difference

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

We host open events on the second Wednesday of the month where anyone can pitch their plan in private to a panel of legal, business, marketing, financial and investment experts who give independent feedback.

Our panel of 100+ advisors offers $3 billion to invest, and there is the potential to attract significant support as well as practical advice and strategic guidance.

Anyone is welcome to pitch their idea and plan to scale their discovery in any field to make a positive difference to society. Our events book up, so register soon and submit your executive summary to us confirm your slot.

Register below to pitch your plan at our next meeting on March 11 at Bennett Jones (1 ticket per team please).

NANUC NMR chamber

NANUC chamber at the University of Alberta


1. building trust and mutual understanding to ensure sustainable and rewarding multi-party relationships,

2. identifying major challenges that require innovative thinking,

3. mapping out precompetitive spaces for open-source collaboration,

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

5. structuring and optimizing core activities and facilities for supporting innovation, and 

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

We welcome collaborators and partners who are interested in working together to support the innovation ecosystem.


DiscoveryLab was initiated by Michael Overduin, Cameron Smithers 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.