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Posted April 1, 2011

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Centre of Excellence

International Alliance Created to Further Commercialization of Research

OTTAWA - Ontario Centres of Excellence's Centre for Commercialization of Research recently hosted a gathering of some of the world's brightest minds from academia, government and industry in a bid to better capitalize on the commercialization potential of publicly funded research and enhance the state of innovation in Canada and around the world.

The inaugural meeting of The International Commercialization Alliance was held March 30th and 31st in Ottawa, bringing together experts from 18 countries. The group examined exemplary practices in the commercialization of research outcomes internationally and focused on continuous global collaborations among its members by signing a formal declaration of intent.

Sean Conway, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence board of directors, said the session ended with the declaration to create a formal, structured alliance that will focus on exemplary practices and emerging models to build sustainable, innovative companies that are based on the results of publicly funded research. The alliance plans to develop common global projects and meet annually.

"There is some truly amazing research being conducted at publicly funded institutions in Canada and around the world," Conway said. "What we are determined to do coming out of this forum, and for years to come, is to implement more effective practices and innovative models to take research results and transform them into globally competitive products and services."

Conway noted that OCE's Centre for Commercialization of Research is a tremendous example of what can happen when different levels of government work together and said he is confident that the spirit of collaboration will be extended to the alliance to create global working relationships. He added that over time the alliance will build up a wealth of information on what works best in the innovation sector and what doesn't which will be a tremendous global resource of information.

The gathering and the declaration to ensure the work of the alliance continues also received positive encouragement from Glen Murray, Ontario's Minister of Research and Innovation.

"We have an exceptional, internationally recognized research and commercialization community that is driving innovation in Ontario - by bringing the best and brightest here from around the world at this conference, we are helping to create the next generation of made-in-Ontario jobs, technologies and products for the global market," Murray said.

The forum looked at effective evidence-based innovation models from around the world.

The alliance will initially be made up of 47 founding members from 18 countries who signed the formal declaration at the conclusion of the session. The alliance is expected to grow over time as more member organizations sign on.

As the first global community project, the Alliance will focus on enhancing the Australian Institute for Commercialisation's Commercialisation BluePrint which is a free, open source online tool that can be used as a guide through the commercialization process.

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