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Industry Partnerships & Commercialization


Take your research ideas beyond the bench. IP&C works directly with SickKids clinicians and researchers to transfer their knowledge into products that solve the world’s pressing health challenges. Get your products to patients with IP&C using our stage-gated project pipeline that will help you identify the best pathway for commercialization.

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Innovator Services

Invention assessment for commercial potential (licensing or new start-up)
Receive tailored advice on the best commercialization opportunities for your research through IP&C’s project pipeline, with access to a full suite of support services throughout the process.

Intellectual property development, protection and management
Benefit from expert advice on the intellectual property value of your research and managing patents, copyrights and intellectual property.

Development of industry research collaborations
Build meaningful relationships with industry partners to support development of proof-of-concept research for advancing specific technologies.

Identification of alternate sources of funding
Discover funding opportunities to further develop commercially relevant research projects.

IP&C’s Proof of Principle Grant Competition
IP&C’s annual Proof of Principle Grant competition helps advance promising SickKids discoveries or inventions towards commercial products, with a view to attract new investment, enable partnerships and create new life science-based companies. Recipients receive project funding and support services to position them for the next step on their path towards commercialization: partnership, licensing or start-up formation.

IP&C’s Proof of Principle Grant Competition recipients



Principal Investigator





Dr. Charles Deber

Development of novel antimicrobial peptides against bacterial biofilms




Dr. Brian Kavanagh

Negative abdominal pressure for injured lungs

Medical Device



Dr. Roman Melnyk

Advancing the development of a potent RAS-targeted therapeutic




Dr. Adrian James

Steerable Endoscopic Ear Surgery Instrument

Medical Device



Dr. Jason Maynes

Machine Learning Algorithms for Toxicity and Cardiac Health (MATCH)




Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien

In vivo evaluation of the multabody platform for cancer immunotherapy





Introduction to commercial partners and investors
Connect with an extensive network of ecosystem partners and private investors searching for investment opportunities.

Start-up support services and entrepreneurship coaching
Unlock your future start-up’s potential through entrepreneurship coaching and tailored advice on attracting capital and achieving growth milestones.

Ready to start?

Contact us to discover opportunities for commercialization and how to get started.