Innovation Impact

UCalgary researchers, students, postdocs, and staff are making a positive difference in our world. 

University innovation, knowledge engagement and commercialization deliver tangible impact that includes job and new venture creation, product and service sales, and new research opportunities.

It creates economic impact through social and technical advances that lead to new technologies, policies and behaviors, and healthier societies. In Canada, research universities are responsible for 83% of all contracted private-sector research.

Growing innovation at the University of Calgary aligns with federal and provincial Government and City of Calgary strategies for economic growth, builds upon our existing strategies for enhancing the value propositions of the university (Student Experience and Impact), and is derived from our commitment to excellence in Research and Teaching. 

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Moving Solution-Driven Inventions Forward

Partnerships with University of Calgary’s IMPACT Clinical Trials Accelerator move health innovations forward, from concept to marketplace.

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Patient social networks

Health-care hackathon: Patient social networks and more

Student teams from 11 Canadian post-secondary institutions fight pandemic at a distance

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Parvus Therapeutics

Treatment for autoimmune diseases takes a step forward

Parvus Therapeutics announces worldwide collaboration and licence agreement with Genentech to develop and commercialize Navacim therapeutics.

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Innovation Untold

Storytellers showcase campus changemakers in Innovation Untold contest

Students and innovators receive more than $20,000 in cash prizes

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Ed McCauley

UCalgary powers innovation

President Ed McCauley talks how UCalgary powers innovation in Calgary Economic Development's Focus on Leadership series

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Peter Facchini

Willow Biosciences synthesizing safer pain medications

Research led by biochemist Peter Facchini widens path to microbial production of pharmaceutical opiates


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Colin Dalton and Pierre Wijdenes

Neuraura aims to unlock the brain with next-gen microsensors

Neuraura Biotech’s vision is big and bold—to unlock the brain. The Calgary-based company has developed a novel microsensor that monitors brain activity better than ever before. The result could change the way technology is used to improve the lives of people suffering from neurological, psychiatric and sensory conditions.

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