Trainees are often at the front line of new research discoveries and are keen to support the transition of their work into a startup or commercial entity, but usually lack the skills, knowledge or experience to make this happen. This webinar will highlight some of the challenges that trainees can expect to encounter in their journey to commercialize their discoveries and how focusing on the 4 P’s (people, policy, product and plan) can make the process easier to navigate.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Jason Acker is co-founder of two Alberta-based biotechnology companies (Aquila Diagnostic Systems Inc. and PanThera CryoSolutions Inc.). As a Senior Development Scientist with the Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta, his academic research program focuses on understanding the response of cells and tissues to ex vivo storage and the development of methods for their preservation and use as therapeutic products. He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Experimental Pathology and PhD in Medical Sciences degrees from the University of Alberta. Dr. Acker returned to Edmonton in 2002 after spending 2 years in Boston as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s Centre for Engineering in Medicine. Dr. Acker completed his Master of Business Administration in Technology Commercialization program at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta in 2009.