How U of T Ignites Innovation

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Creative, talented people

  • Our students and faculty make U of T a global knowledge generator, ranked 19th in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education rankings.
  • Our 5,000 faculty members are experts in hundreds of disciplines. And they are recognized for their expertise—U of T wins more faculty awards and prizes than any other Canadian university.
  • Seventy-five per cent of U of T inventions include a student or post-doc as a co-inventor. Students are top executives of many U of T startup companies.

THE INNOVATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS OFFICE (IPO)

  • U of T’s hub for industry partnerships, commercialization and entrepreneurship.
  • The goal—to get new technology out into the world and to enable university-industry partnerships.
  • From 2011 to 2014, our inventors disclosed over 1,100 inventions. In the same period, we filed 342 patent applications, signed 328 licenses and formed 61 startups.

BANTING AND BEST CENTRE FOR INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Business mentorship and cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities for U of T faculty and students developing early-stage enterprises and startups.
  • An ecosystem of 9 entrepreneurial hubs, 200+ student-led startup teams, and 100+ volunteer mentors bringing ideas to life.
  • Named for Frederick Banting and Charles Best, discoverers of one of Canada’s greatest innovations—insulin.

MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT AND MARS INNOVATION

  • U of T is a founding member of the MaRS Discovery District—one of the world’s largest innovation hubs—which works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation.
  • MaRS Innovation represents the commercialization interests of U of T and its partner hospitals, as well as other Greater Toronto Area universities and colleges. As a single entry-point to member-based activity of over $1.4 billion in annual research and development, it is a gateway for investors and licensees to access technology assets.

JLABS — PROPELLING INNOVATION TO BENEFIT SOCIETY

  • U of T joined forces with the Government of Ontario, the MaRS Discovery District and Johnson & Johnson Innovation to establish the first JLABS incubator in Canada—slated to open in spring 2016.
  • 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facilities in the MaRS West Tower will accommodate up to 50 startups dedicated to the biomedical sciences.
  • The mission—make it possible for entrepreneurs to transform discoveries and innovations in healthcare into market-worthy products that will benefit society for years to come.

Creative, talented people

  • Our students and faculty make U of T a global knowledge generator, ranked 19th in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education rankings.
  • Our 5,000 faculty members are experts in hundreds of disciplines. And they are recognized for their expertise—U of T wins more faculty awards and prizes than any other Canadian university.
  • Seventy-five per cent of U of T inventions include a student or post-doc as a co-inventor. Students are top executives of many U of T startup companies.

THE INNOVATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS OFFICE (IPO)

  • U of T’s hub for industry partnerships, commercialization and entrepreneurship.
  • The goal—to get new technology out into the world and to enable university-industry partnerships.
  • From 2011 to 2014, our inventors disclosed over 1,100 inventions. In the same period, we filed 342 patent applications, signed 328 licenses and formed 61 startups.

BANTING AND BEST CENTRE FOR INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Business mentorship and cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities for U of T faculty and students developing early-stage enterprises and startups.
  • An ecosystem of 9 entrepreneurial hubs, 200+ student-led startup teams, and 100+ volunteer mentors bringing ideas to life.
  • Named for Frederick Banting and Charles Best, discoverers of one of Canada’s greatest innovations—insulin.

MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT AND MARS INNOVATION

  • U of T is a founding member of the MaRS Discovery District—one of the world’s largest innovation hubs—which works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation.
  • MaRS Innovation represents the commercialization interests of U of T and its partner hospitals, as well as other Greater Toronto Area universities and colleges. As a single entry-point to member-based activity of over $1.4 billion in annual research and development, it is a gateway for investors and licensees to access technology assets.

JLABS — PROPELLING INNOVATION TO BENEFIT SOCIETY

  • U of T joined forces with the Government of Ontario, the MaRS Discovery District and Johnson & Johnson Innovation to establish the first JLABS incubator in Canada—slated to open in spring 2016.
  • 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facilities in the MaRS West Tower will accommodate up to 50 startups dedicated to the biomedical sciences.
  • The mission—make it possible for entrepreneurs to transform discoveries and innovations in healthcare into market-worthy products that will benefit society for years to come.

The result? An innovative ecosystem that is:

  • Creating jobs and prosperity
  • Enabling U of T students to invent their own careers
  • Producing technology, products and services that are improving lives around the world