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The Future in Collaborations and Partnerships Roman Szusmki Vice-President, Life Sciences June 18, 2009. Presentation Overview. Introduction: Collaboration and Partnerships -Why and How Basic Partnerships Large Scale Partnerships with OGDs Beyond Partnerships

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The Future in Collaborations and Partnerships

Roman SzusmkiVice-President, Life Sciences

June 18, 2009

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • Introduction: Collaboration and Partnerships -Why and How
  • Basic Partnerships
  • Large Scale Partnerships with OGDs
  • Beyond Partnerships
  • The Future in Collaboration and Partnerships
collaboration and partnerships why
Collaboration and Partnerships - Why?
  • Leverage skills and resources
  • Larger and sustainable impact
  • Unique competitive advantage
  • Opens doors for future endeavours
collaboration and partnerships how
Collaboration and Partnerships - How?
  • Identify common goals
  • Break down traditional barriers between different levels of government, academia and industry
  • Move quickly to specific projects
basic partnerships
Basic Partnerships

Example: NRC Crossroad for BioTransfer

  • Annual technology transfer event
  • One-stop venue for health-sector businesses to forge partnerships with research-intensive institutions and leading researchers and innovators
  • This year’s event showcased 40 high impact technologies from NRC, McGill University and l’Université de Montreal

Result: NRC working with two of Canada’s leading universities to create tech transfer opportunities and enhance biopharma sector

large scale partnerships with ogds
Large Scale Partnerships with OGDs

Example: National Bioproducts Program

  • Multidisciplinary initiative co-led by NRC, NRCan and AgCan
  • Program supports federal S&T strategy and seeks to address Canadian priorities relating to the environment, sustainable energy and rural revitalization
  • Ongoing consultations with industry experts to ensure that project results are aligned with industry needs and directed toward commercialization
  • Program is guided by Advisory Body composed of industry experts who provided strategic guidance

Result: Program that operates in an industry-facing manner and that leverages skills and resources from three leading federal science institutions toward common goals and Canadian priorities

beyond partnerships
Beyond Partnerships

Example: Biomedical Commercialization Canada (BCC)

  • Private sector, not-for profit business incubation organization located at a local NRC Industry Partnership Facility (IPF) and created through a partnership involving NRC and Government of Manitoba

NRC IPFs incubate new and small companies and give them access to leading edge R&D, equipment, flexible lab and office space and NRC professionals who are committed to finding innovative solutions to foster commercialization and success.

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NRC was instrumental in creating the concept of BCC:

Create a company to support more innovative and growth-oriented companies without dealing with “government red tape”

  • BCC offers entrepreneur and commercialization support programs to early-stage biomedical companies
  • NRC supports BCC by providing access to research facilities, technical information, innovation services (i.e. link with NRC-IRAP) and advisory services

Result: NRC invests in business incubators to ensure that new technologies are properly launched into the marketplace

the future in collaborations and partnerships
The Future in Collaborations and Partnerships
  • All levels of government, industry and academia working together(i.e. clusters)
  • “Foresighting”(cross departmental)
  • International collaboration for big issues(i.e. climate change)