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Early Stage Commercialization Fund: 2022-2023 Funded Projects

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Invest Nova Scotia’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia university, college and university-affiliated hospital research to market. In 2022-2023, we were pleased to team up again with the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (DNRR) to support ESCF projects focused on technologies that reduce carbon emissions (we've noted that project below).

Below is a list of the 2022-2023 funded projects.

Fall 2022 Round


Researcher: Jean-Francois Bousquet
Project: Sensors to support underwater wireless networks in the ocean

Researcher: Daniel Boyd
Project: Antibacterial particle technology to prevent dental caries

Researcher: Paola Marcato
Project: Enzyme-blocking drug therapy for cancer treatment

Researcher: Christopher McMaster
Project: Drug treatment for a childhood muscular dystrophy

Researcher: Sean Myles
Project: Genome editing technology to improve apples

Researcher: Shannon Sterling
Project: Technology that increases a river’s capacity to trap and deliver CO2 for storage in the ocean (ESCF funding matched by DNRR)


Researcher: Chadwick Williams
Project: Software to enable faster patient recruitment into clinical trials

Winter 2023 Round


Researcher: Raymond Klein
Project: Portable, gamified cognitive assessment tool

Researcher: Christian Lehmann
Project: Treatment for bacterial cystitis


Researcher: Emily Johnston
Project: Post-operative pain management software

Researcher: Jennifer Johnston
Project: Non-hormonal contraceptive device

Researcher: Ivan Wong
Project: Virtual mixed reality surgical training platform


In 2022-2023, Invest Nova Scotia helped support two research projects at Dalhousie University through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)'s Seed Fund. The support came from Invest Nova Scotia’s ESCF budget since OFI's competition shared ESCF's goal of encouraging technology commercialization at post-secondary institutions.

Researcher: Markus Kienast
Project: Study on constraining the Northwest Atlantic carbon sink using a warm climate analog

Researcher: Eric Oliver
Project: Process to reduce erosion of beaches, coastline, and sea habitats