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OCE Discovery: Exemplary and Emerging Models in Commercialization

May 28, 2011


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Last updated on June 2, 2011.

OCE Discovery 2011 logoOn May 18 and 19, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) hosted Discovery 2011, a signature innovation conference for Ontario. It enables “key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.”

I attended the conference on May 19. In addition to meeting exhibitors and commercialization experts, I attended an interesting discussion panel on exemplary and emerging commercialization models. OCE described the session and its participants as follows:

At the inaugural International Commercialization Forum, held in Ottawa in March, a group of thought leaders and practitioners from 18 countries discussed exemplary practices in commercializing research outcomes and effective innovation models. Participants shared the most compelling novel ideas to improve the state of global innovation. At the Forum’s conclusion, 48 organizations with a common vision focused on openly sharing knowledge and expertise, formally established the International Commercialization Alliance to work together on projects of global interest. This session will provide a synopsis of thought-provoking insights gained from the discussions and an overview of the Alliance established and where it goes from here.

Dr. Mario ThomasDr. Mario Thomas,  Senior Vice President, Strategy, Programs and Partnerships, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Managing Director, OCE’s Centre for Commercialization of Research

Richard Bendis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Innovation America (USA)
Ari Huczkowski, Chief Executive Officer, Otaniemi Marketing Ltd. (Finland)
George Ross, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services
Nava Swersky Sofer, Co-Chair, NanoIsrael (Israel)

OCE Discovery: Exemplary and Emerging Models in Commercialization

Left to right: George Ross, Richard Bendis, Avi Huczkowski, Nava Swersky Sofer, and Mario Thomas

I outline below some of the main points brought up during the discussion:


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