University of Saskatchewan

September 18, 2014   

Industry Liaison

Who We Are

The Industry Liaison Office is responsible for the commercialization of research and knowledge developed by the University's researchers, faculty, staff and graduate students. Our focus is to foster and develop collaborative work environments among researchers, industry partners and funding agencies. Read more ....

What We Do

We Accelerate the Commercialization of University Research & Knowledge and Create Economic Value & Opportunity by Transferring University Research & Knowledge to Society. Read more ...

How We Share

Once a technology is commercialized, the University shares 50% of the net revenue with the inventors and distributes the remaining 50% between the Inventors' College(s) and the Office of the Vice President Research. Read more ...

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What's New

Tech Venture Challenge 2015 (September 4,, 2014)

Stay tuned for the launch of our annual business competition at the end of September.

This challenge is open to any U of S students, staff, alumni or researchers with a technology-based business idea.

To find out more, contact our office at 306-966-1465 or or sign up for ILO Connect - news, events and other good things that are happening at the ILO.

Current News

University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Showcases Animal Health Initiatives at 2014 BIO International Convention - Advancements in Animal Reproduction, Cattle Research, Vaccinations, Infectious Disease, Oncology and Food Safety. (June 22,, 2014)Bio2914

San Diego Canada Place, Booth #2011June 23, 2014 - The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) of the University of Saskatchewan announced that its animal health and One Health initiatives will be showcased at the 2014 BIO International Convention from June 23 to 26, 2014, in San Diego, California.

“New investments and strong collaboration with researchers around the world are enabling the WCVM and the U of S to initiate research in a variety of areas areas, including basic and applied sciences, comparative medicine, food safety, toxicology, public health and environmental health,” stated Dr. Baljit Singh, associate dean of research at the WCVM.

Click here for the key advancements that will be highlighted at the 2014 BIO International Convention.

The 2014 Tech Venture Challenge Winner Announced (May 22,, 2014)2014 TVC winner

Innocorps Research! The U of S alumni team of Aarya Shahsavar, Alexander Chan and Dawson James has developed a mobile water treatment system for oil service companies that reduces makeup, hauling and disposal costs in unconventional oil and gas operations by recycling frac flowback water on-site.

The Innocorps team will receive $50,000 cash from the U of S Industry Liaison Office, one year office space at Innovation Place valued at over $10,000; professional services valued at $6,000 from Deloitte and specialized banking services from RBC.

Click here for more information about the Tech Venture Challenge Finale.

Glen Schuler, Alexander Chan, Aarya Shahsavar, Bryan McCrea

2014 TVC Finale (May 21,, 2014)

Three Tech Venture Challenge teams are one step closer to winning the top prize of $50,000 in the University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office business plan competition.i3 TVC finale
The top three Tech Venture finalists are: 

  • Deliverfy – Joshua Simair, Chris Simair, Stephen Miazga and Jeff Adamson.  An on-demand delivery service provider for businesses, using proprietary algorithms to efficiently dispatch deliveries.
  • Innocorps Research - Aarya Shahsavar, Alexander Chan, Dawson James.  A mobile water treatment system for oil service companies that reduces makeup, hauling and disposal costs in unconventional oil and gas operations by recycling frac flowback water on-site.
  • One Health Medical Technologies Inc. James Montgomery, Julia Montgomery, Jim Boire, and Harley Olsen.  This company is developing leading edge medical technologies for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of animals and humans that suffer from physically debilitating injuries or disease
“Tech entrepreneurs are alive and well in Saskatchewan. The ILO and technology venture challenge candidates are a formidable group. I am very impressed by the innovative solutions being brought to market.” said one of the competition judges, Craig Storey of Mariner Innovations. 

2014 Tech Venture Challenge Teams (December 12,, 2013)

Twelve tech-based entrepreneurs have been chosen from a field of 24 to advance to the next phase of the 2014 Tech Venture Challenge, the annual business start-up competition presented through the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office.

The teams now begin the race for the $50,000 grand prize.

Over the next four months, the finalists will benefit from the business and advisory support from the ILO as they build out their idea.  They will be professionally mentored and guided, leading to the selection of three finalists.

Please see the press release to read more about the finalists.

BitStrata Systems wins 2013 U of S Tech Venture Challenge (June 27, 2013)

BitStrata Systems Inc., creator of industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) systems using mobile devices, has won the U of S 2013 Tech Venture Challenge, co-sponsored by the U of S Industry Liaison Office (ILO), Innovation Place, Deloitte and the Royal Bank of Canada.

"It was a challenge choosing from this impressive group," said one of the competition judges Laurie Dmytryshyn of PIC Investment Group. “No matter who wins the competition, they are all entrepreneurs and this is just the beginning for every one of them. Their passion and enthusiasm was inspiring.”

Please read more from the news release.


University of Saskatchewan funded for improving economics of biodiesel production (June 17, 2013)

Prof. Martin Reaney from the University of Saskatchewan has been awarded a Proof-of-Principle award in the amount of $40,000 to continue work on an improved process for the manufacturing of biodiesel. The technology has the potential to improve the economics of biodiesel manufacturing while reducing waste and improving the quality of all the end products. The award will be used to help validate the process at larger scales and will also be used to determine the exact quality of all outputs from the process. Improving the economics of biodiesel production is necessary in order to offer alternatives to convention fossil fuels and to utilize available manufacturing capacity.

Please read the News Release for more information.

U of S researcher wins Award of Innovation for hybrid tomato seed technology (May 16, 2013)

SABEX2013 SASKATOON – U of S plant scientist and biology professor Dr. Vipen Sawhney has been awarded the 2013 Award of Innovation for developing a commercially viable male-sterile line of tomato, a breakthrough that promises to reduce the cost of hybrid seed production by at least 40 per cent for one of the world’s most valuable crops.

Co-sponsored by Innovation Place and the ILO, the Award of Innovation honours U of S researchers who have brought new and commercially viable technology to the Industry Liaison Office for development into marketable products. The winner was announced at the SABEX “Celebrate Success!” gala in Saskatoon on May 9th.

Tomatoes are grown in nearly every part of the world and sold either fresh or as ingredients in an enormous range of products. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, tomatoes are second only to corn in value among vegetable crops.

Please read the News Release for detailed information.


G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance (YEA) Summit in Russia - Canadian Youth Business Foundation (April 22, 2013)

YEA The Industry Liaison is very proud to have Zafer Dallal Bashi, our Start-up Technology Transfer Officer, participate in the fourth YEA Summit this coming June 15 – 17, in Moscow. This group of young entrepreneurs will be developing recommendations to be presented to the B20 business leaders and G20 world leaders meeting in St. Petersburg in September. The YEA focus will be on how these respective communities can work together to support aspiring young entrepreneurs. This is an amazing opportunity for Zafer and we look forward to the world view he will bring back to Canada and Saskatoon and how it can add to our efforts in supporting local entrepreneurs.

Please visit The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) web site to find more information.

University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office Unveils Ag-Bio, Vet Medicine and Health Initiatives at 2013 BIO International Convention (April 16, 2013)

bio2013 Chicago – Canada Café, Booth #3831 - The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office announced today it will showcase its global Ag-Bio, Veterinary Medicine and Health initiatives at the 2013 BIO International Convention, Monday, April 22 – Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. This will highlight recent developments in reproductive health, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and kinome technology.

Please read the news release for detailed information.


Expanding Opportunity for U of S Drug Research (April 14, 2013)

CDRD_logo The University of Saskatchewan recently became an affiliate member of the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), a National Centre of Excellence, and Canada’s fully integrated national drug development and commercialization centre.

Researchers from the U of S are now able to benefit from CDRD’s expertise and infrastructure to develop pre-clinical leads with project funding available from their pharmaceutical company (Rx&D) partners. Please read the full story.

NSBA celebrates young entrepreneurs (March 27, 2013)

At the 16th annual NSBA Business Builders Awards on March 26th, 2013, the Young Promising Entrepreneur Award was presented to one of our Tech Venture Challenge teams – Farm at Hand. NSBA_2013

Four teams - all Tech Venture Challenge Participants - had about an hour and a half to convince many of the 500 + guests of their business potential. Standing in front their displays, members of the teams were kept very busy pitching to a very captivated and curious business community. And that engaged audience then cast their votes, based on those very short and compelling pitches. It was a tremendous opportunity for our young entrepreneurs to meet the business community and both share and receive feedback on their business.

Encouraging comments heard during the pitches included: ‘Here’s my business card, please call me. I’d like to talk more about this’; ‘Head and shoulders above other years in terms of significant business opportunities’; ‘Well prepared and committed’; ‘Able to handle the difficult questions’; ‘What a great idea!’; and ‘You are already making this happen – that’s great’. This speaks volumes as to the dedication and hard work these teams have put in as they progress through the Tech Venture Challenge.

Congratulations to all of the award participants: Farm at Hand, OneStory, Open Mind Developments and Student Task Check. A job well done!!


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Industry Liaison Office
Office of the Vice-President Research
Suite 501 - 121 Research Drive     
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1K2
Phone: (306) 966-1465, Facsimile: (306) 966-7806

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