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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