Catalyst Centre to Champion U of G Research

March 20, 2012 - News Release

The University of Guelph’s Business Development Office has changed its name to the Catalyst Centre, effective today.

“Catalyst Centre is a more all-encompassing description of our role and services, as we help to increase the impact of University of Guelph research,” said director Erin Skimson.

Catalyst Centre“We evaluate and protect the discoveries and ideas generated by faculty, staff and students, and add value through commercialization activities. In the last year, our mission has expanded to formally include the industry liaison program, which facilitates research partnerships between U of G experts and business and industry organizations.”

A unit in the Office of Research, the Catalyst Centre runs all aspects of the University’s activities in intellectual property management and technology commercialization, including patenting, licensing and starting new companies.

The centre links U of G expertise and resources with the research and development needs of industry and entrepreneurs. The centre also helps researchers take advantage of funding opportunities and promotes collaboration through networking, outreach and educational events.

“The Catalyst Centre serves as a resource for the entire University community with a mandate to make Guelph’s research capacity and discoveries readily available to society at large,” said Kevin Hall, vice-president (research).

“It ensures that new knowledge and information travels from our campus to the marketplace in an efficient, effective manner.”

Since 2006, the unit has achieved the following:

• garnered more than $10.4 million in licence revenue;
• facilitated $2.7 million in industry-sponsored research projects;
• handled 1,350 technology disclosures;
• negotiated 215 licence agreements;
• arranged for 26 new patents; and
• helped to form five spinoff companies.

Stacey Curry Gunn
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