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The U of T student as inventor and entrepreneur

November 1, 2012

On Novem­ber 12th, 2012, the Insti­tute for Opti­cal Sci­ences (IOS) is host­ing a free after­noon sym­po­sium titled ‘The U of T Stu­dent as Inven­tor and Entre­pre­neur.’ This event will launch Tech­no­LABS, locat­ed in the Bant­i­ng & Best Cen­tre for Inno­va­tion & Entre­pre­neur­ship, and will fea­ture sto­ries from U of T alum­ni who have led suc­cess­ful tech­nol­o­gy-based com­pa­nies that improve our qual­i­ty of life.

Speak­ers for the event include Tony Red­path (MaRS advi­sor and for­mer CEO of Eco-Plas­tics), Graeme Fer­gu­son (co-founder of IMAX), Vaugn Betz (founder of Right Track CAD, which was acquired by Altera), Neil Reid (co-founder of Sci­ex, which was acquired by MDS Inc), and Dar­ren Ander­son (co-founder and CTO of Vive Crop Pro­tec­tion).

The event will also high­light cur­rent and upcom­ing ini­tia­tives at the Uni­ver­si­ty that help cur­rent stu­dents fol­low in the foot­steps of the speak­ers. Tech­no­LABS is part of a grow­ing ecosys­tem of sup­port and train­ing pro­grams at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to for stu­dent and recent alum­ni entre­pre­neurs build­ing com­pa­nies based on tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions in a wide range of phys­i­cal sci­ences. The space pro­vides access to chem­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, and oth­er lab­o­ra­to­ry equip­ment for pro­to­type devel­op­ment as well as work and meet­ing areas for stu­dent and alum­ni com­pa­nies.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in Tech­no­LABS will present their com­pa­nies at a poster ses­sion before the for­mal pre­sen­ta­tions and dur­ing the break.

Sched­ule and reg­is­tra­tion infor­ma­tion can be found at

Title: The U of T Stu­dent as Inven­tor and Entre­pre­neur

Date: Mon­day Novem­ber 12, 2012

Time: 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to — MacLeod Audi­to­ri­um
1 Kings Col­lege Cir­cle, Med­ical Sci­ences Bldg., Room 2158
Toron­to, ON  M5S 1A8


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Scott McAuley
Insti­tute for Opti­cal Sci­ences
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: (416) 819‑4194

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Media Rela­tions
Tel: (416) 978‑0100