About UsSCIENCE TO SOCIETY
The Impact Centre strives to bring science to society.
We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life. Research, invention, and innovation are considered among the key contributors to economic development and sustainability of communities in Canada and around the world.
Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society.
We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients.
We look forward to connecting with you to create even more impact!
We generate impact through industry projects and partnerships, entrepreneurial companies, and training.
We bridge the gap between the university and industry to accelerate the development of new or improved products and services. We work with graduate students and researchers to help them commercialize their discoveries. We provide supplemental training for students at all levels to ease their transition into future careers.
Our Connector System
Whether you are an industry client, a graduate student with an entrepreneurial spirit, a seasoned business expert, or an undergraduate student, we can help you create impact through science. At the Impact Centre, we work in a number of ways to translate research and know-how into real products with real impact.
We provide technical and early-stage guidance to help researchers and graduate students take their discoveries from the lab to the marketplace. We proactively talk to industry to identify how we can help solve specific technical challenges. We train students to prepare them for transition to the job market. For us, all of these pieces are deeply interconnected.
We understand the challenges individuals or companies face in accessing research. Our Connector System is a framework that lowers barriers to working with the university.
Focus on the outcome!
We carefully evaluate every industry request. We leverage our in-house expertise or tap into our extensive network to find a suitable academic partner for your specific need.
Providing entrepreneurs with the guidance they need!
Impact Centre entrepreneurs get the support they need to commercialize their research and create their own jobs.
Building a community!
Our partners, mentors, sponsors, and friends are introduced to incredible technologies and bright entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the future through science and engineering.
People and Resources
Our team has a strong track record of working at the intersection of research and industry. We are passionate and driven to create impact through science and research.
We are proud to be an independent institute at the University of Toronto that caters to researchers and companies in the natural sciences and the engineering.
Check our latest news to see what’s happening!
The mentorship and support provided by the Impact Centre have been crucial for our development as a young startup. It is a great environment to be working in for anyone wishing to create a positive impact on society through science and technology.
With the availability of its AZteroid, Bifender, and Fenstro products, Vive Crop Protection has been getting some great attention in the agricultural press. AgroNews recently published an interview with CCO and co-founder Dr. Darren Anderson about the company’s...read more
Innovation Fellows, Canadian VC and new business research programs: Impact Centre submits three op-eds to the Canadian Science Policy Centre
In the leadup to the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2016 (CSPC) in Ottawa, Impact Centre Staff and Fellows submitted three op-eds on ways to examine and improve Canada’s innovation capacity. Supporting Canadian innovation through postgraduate Innovation...read more
Back in the spring, the Impact Centre hosted European reporters interested in the research and commercialization activities taking place in Canadian universities. The result of that visit was recently published in the Times Higher Education’s article Can universities...read more
Techno alumnus Illuster Inc. recently announced a collaboration with Quanser, a global leader in control systems and in modern engineering education. The agreement will increase the visibility of Illuster’s AELabs product, a digitally controlled lab platform for...read more
“Over 1 billion people live without electricity. How do we bring light to them?” The Impact Centre recently submitted our project to light up the world to the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change program, which will provide a $100 million grant to fund a single...read more
Dentin hypersensitivity is a common dental complaint that can significantly impair eating, drinking or speaking. This problem has been a focus of Prof. Anil Kishen’s lab and led to the creation of Oral Antibacterials Inc, which participated in Techno2015. UNO Gel, the...read more
On September 22, Pueblo Science celebrated their second annual fundraiser. Barchef Toronto provided indulgent cocktails and Chef Riley Bennett, a professor at George Brown school of hospitality and culinary art, created out of this world food for the guests to enjoy....read more
Prof. David McMillen, lead of the Impact Centre’s Synthetic Biology Cluster, was recently awarded funding to develop custom-designed probiotics to help the 233,000 Canadians living with Crohn’s and colitis. Part of the Medicine by Design Initiative and in...read more
Staff from the Impact Centre will be leading two discussions during the Canadian Science Policy Conference on November 9, 2016. Charles Plant and Prof. Cynthia Goh will present on the topic of “A Different Perspective on Canada’s Innovation Capacity” while Dr. Richard...read more
The Impact Centre will be hosting the final batch of the Youth Skill Connection (YSC) program during the fall. Offered in partnership with the lighting industry, YSC is a ten week program that provides skills training to prepare individuals younger than 29 years to be...read more