We work closely with our researchers to explore opportunities to start new companies from their labs. We support the protection of pertinent intellectual property, perform market studies, and engage with a rich network of mentors and advisors (both within and external to UBC) to establish fundamental early-stage business strategies.
Dream Photonics. For foundries that provide high-speed electronic and photonic chips, Dream Photonics designs innovative circuitry that will drastically improve the on-chip integration of light-based components. This integration will enable smaller and less expensive photonic chips to be deployed, impacting the next generation of sensors, optical communication, and data transmission. Dream Photonics was founded in 2019 by Lukas Chrostowski, Sudip Shekhar, and graduate student Hossam Shoman. The company is currently in Phase 3 of e@UBC’s Lab2Launch accelerator program.
ThorTech Reactors Inc. ThorTech is developing an electrochemical reactor that makes hydrogenation – a ubiquitous chemical reaction in industrial synthesis – cleaner, greener and safer. ThorTech’s reactor design is based on a unique materials effect coupled with an electrochemical cell, discovered in the labs of Blusson QMI’s Curtis Berlinguette. The company was founded in October 2020 and, together with Berlinguette, co-founders Ryan Jansonius and Roxanna Delima are progressing the company through the Creative Destruction Lab’s Climate stream.
AweSEM. AweSEM aims to be the world’s first genuinely affordable desktop electron microscope. AweSEM is being developed in the lab of Alireza Nojeh with Casimir Kuzyk as a lead engineer and applies a fascinating electron emission phenomenon in a carbon-based nanomaterial, discovered in the lab. This phenomenon enables an electron source that can be incorporated into a microscope system that could one day cost as little as a few hundred dollars (compare this to current electron microscopes which cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars). A basic proof-of-principle demonstration was completed in December 2019, and the next generation of the system is currently being worked on.
David Weekes, Business Innovation Manager
Karl Jessen, Executive Director