The transfer of technology from universities to industry and the commercialization of academic research are central to the Univalor mission. We create ties between industry and research laboratories within Université de Montréal establishments so that innovations from research achieve their full value in business and society.
Univalor is a university technology transfer organization. Since it was founded in 2001, it has strived to optimize research outcomes by commercializing the technological innovations of some 2600 researchers and professors from the Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal, as well as affiliated health centres. These researchers are active in the following fields:
- Pure and applied sciences
- Life sciences and human health
- Social sciences
- Animal health
- Information technology
Tech transfer outcomes
The cumulative economic outcomes as of June 30, 2014:
- $ 196 million in third-party investments in our spin-off companies
- $ 13 million infunding from Gouvernment of Quebec to member establishments
- $ 43 million in funding from Government of Canada to member institutions
- $ 35 million in R&D agreements with our member institutions
- $ 23 million in transaction revenues
Our portfolio of assets at June 30, 2015:
- 35 active spin-off companies
- 231 projects available in our porfolio
- 121 ongoing commercial agreements
- 144 active patents
- 243 patent applications under way
2013-2014 Annual Report
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With backgrounds in life sciences, engineering, finance and law, our team members work toward a single goal: to achieve the full value of university discoveries and innovations. The diversity and depth of our expertise ensure the quality of our services and allow us to establish effective, productive exchanges between researchers, representatives of member establishments, and industry partners.
Morgan Guitton, Jr. Eng.
Principal Director, Science & Engineering
Legal and Corporate Affairs
Technology Transfer Advisors at the institutions
Corinne Benquet, Ph.D
Univalor’s board of directors is made up of representatives of industry and the academic world. The board ensures that Univalor is managed soundly and provides direct ties with the worlds of academia, science and business. Three committees report to the board of directors: the audit committee, the investment advisory committee and the human resources and governance committee.
The members of Univalor’s board of directors are:
Chair of the investment advisory committee
Chair of the Audit commitee
|Élaine C. Phénix|
Chair of the board
Chair of the Human resources and governance commitee
Univalor commercializes innovations and discoveries exclusively from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal research laboratories and their affiliated health centres. This vast academic network includes over 2,000 researchers, 450 research units and 16 faculties. Univalor works closely with the research offices of each of these establishments to ensure effective execution of technology transfer agreements between research laboratories and industry.
The Ministère’s mission is to support the development of Quebec’s economy, innovation and exports by ensuring, coordination and cooperation among the various economic, scientific, social and cultural fields, and in a perspective of:
(Source - french only: http://www.economie.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/le-ministere/)
|With committed capital of $41.25M, AmorChem is focused on investing in promising life science projects originating from Québec-based universities and research centres. AmorChem’s innovative business model involves financing research-stage projects to enable them to reach pre-clinical proof-of-concept in a semi-virtual mode.|
What you need to know about tech transfer
The development of research is based on the set of activities aimed at increasing the value of the results of research and develop knowledge. The valuation is not limited only to the commercial exploitation of these results, it also relies on the dissemination and exchange of knowledge in all areas of knowledge development.