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Early Stage Commercialization Fund: 2019-2020 Funded Projects

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Innovacorp's Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia university, college and university-affiliated hospital research to market. 

Below is a list of the 2019-2020 funded projects. 

Fall 2019 Round

Dalhousie University

Researcher: Dr. Christopher Algar, Dr. Greg Wanger
Project: Microbial electrochemical cell that lowers sulfide in aquaculture farms

Researcher: Dr. Vincent Sieben, Arnold Furlong
Project: Miniaturized lab-on-chip phosphate sensor for marine environments

Researcher: Dr. Lord Abbey, Dr. G.L. Rao
Project: Treatment to improve seed health and quality

Winter 2020 Round

Dalhousie University

Researcher: Daniel Boyd
Project: Drug-free pain management for Osteoarthritis

Researcher: Daniel Boyd
Project: Antibacterial particles for consumer, industry and medical applications

Researcher: John Frampton
Project: Biomaterials for advanced wound care

Researcher: Shashi Gujar
Project: Immunotherapy agent for cancer treatment

Verschuren Centre

Researcher: Beth Mason
Project: Biodegradable plastic composites from renewable polymer sources for single-use and packaging applications


 In 2019-2020, Innovacorp helped support two research projects through the Ocean Frontier Institute's Seed Fund. The support came from Innovacorp's ESCF budget since OFI's competition shared ESCF's goal of encouraging technology commercialization at post-secondary institutions.

Researcher: Anneke ten Doeschate
Project: Ocean turbulence observations during high wind conditions on the Scotian Shelf

Researcher: Julie LaRoche
Project: Design and application of environmental-gene panels targeting aquatic and marine microbes