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. 

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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Treatment for autoimmune diseases takes a step forward

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


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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