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THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROCESS WORKSHOP Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre Sault Ste. Marie January 14, 2009 Ray Hoemsen, P. Eng. Director, Applied Research.

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1 THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROCESS WORKSHOP Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre Sault Ste. Marie January 14, 2009 Ray Hoemsen, P. Eng. Director, Applied Research & Commercialization Red River College Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009SSMIC- 1

2 Objectives Access to new technologies in academic labs Access to resources (facilities, programs, services) Sustainable infrastructure and opportunities presented by research clusters College focus Commercialization versus Diffusion 95% of the worlds innovations are developed outside of Canada, and available to be adapted and adopted by Canadian organizations Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 2

3 Red River College & AR&C MBs 2nd largest post-secondary institution Comprehensive college - ~110 programs Serve 11,500 FT & 19,500 PT learners annually $131 Million annual budget (08/09) 1,100 employees ~600 faculty (not including CD+E) AR&C infrastructure established AR&C activities growing steadily Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 3

4 RRC: Applied Research Framework CFI and Federal Indirect Costs Program eligible NSERC = Tri-Council acceptance SSHRC and CIHR eligibility also Intellectual Property Policy Mandatory disclosure, institutional ownership, equitable sharing of returns Canada Council on Animal Care Good Animal Practise (GAP) Certificate – teaching focus Research Ethics Board Learner and Instructor focus Involvement AND Benefit Community Relevance Applied Research & Commercialization (AR&C) is lead unit Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 4

5 Applied Research at RRC * 03-04 FY - ~$50,000 SSARF 04-05 FY - ~$150,000 NSERC LAMP 05-06 FY - ~$300,000 HHICE MCI Prototype (EPA 07) Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 5 06-07 FY - $650,000 Manitoba Hydro H2FC Bus 07-08 FY - $400,000 MTS Allstream WD – HETC ($2.4 M) 08-09 FY - $300,000 (YTD) MB STEM EDI - PHEV NRC-IRAP SI Cluster * Does not include WD support for AR&C establishment, nor pre-existing relationships (such as the Lawson Foundation)

6 Access to Academic Technology Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 6

7 RD&C in Colleges 150 colleges in 900 communities @ various stages CFI–eligible = 64 (ACCC members) - $26M to 29 colleges NSERC–eligible = 35 (plus ~15 are W.I.P.) - $3M to 8 colleges IP Policy – usually institution-owned Characteristics Want to add value – not necessarily new IP Faculty-led, student-performed (often) Faculty release is a challenge/hurdle Industry linkages and community relevance Benefit to faculty, students and community APPLYING KNOWLEDGE, DELIVERING RESULTS Technology DIFFUSION vs Commercialization University metrics College metrics Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 7

8 College Role in RD&C Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 8

9 ACCC: College IP Survey (2007 – 54 respondents) Generally, disclosure is mandatory (except in Quebec) Usually, IP developed by individuals employed by the College belongs to the College unless an IP agreement is negotiated between the funders, and/or partners or faculty/staff For Quebec CTTs (35), 90% of IP ownership belongs to the industry partner Only 4 institutions indicated IP Policy tied to collective bargaining Revenue sharing varies depending on contributing parties, ranging from 50/50 to 75/25 in favor of the individual or negotiable In student projects, informed consent, etc., require the development of protocols Important to seek assistance from peers/mechanisms such as local/regional networks Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 9

10 College Expectations Opportunity to add value Meaningful engagement Prototyping, testing, certification, etc. Faculty participation & support Student participation & support Partner relationship – more than contract R&D Access to appropriate information Ability to use results for research & education While respecting proprietary and confidential data Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 10

11 Role of the ARO/TLO/TTO Match-maker, facilitator, negotiator Experienced in the academic-industry interface Access HQP Ideas Specialized capabilities and resources Network Resources Familiar with IP and IP-issues Clear ownership and global costs are a challenge Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 11

12 Enhancing Technology Access Staff exchange (even short term) Intern cross-training and mentoring Joint development projects capstone project ideas adapting local technology for off-shore Leverage existing relationships (PEOPLE) Access institutional networks Link with research parks and incubators Discuss potential opportunities early Find a common need which can be addressed collaboratively for mutual benefit and GET STARTED! Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 12

13 Outputs Faculty engagement (5 to 10%) Student engagement Projects Co-op, work and intern placements Employment (post-graduate) Traditional IP Patents, ©,, trade secrets, etc. Knowledge/Technology diffusion and transfer Prototypes, certifications, demonstrations, reports, HQP Partnerships (= agreements) New or improved products, processes & technologies Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 13 The first patent?

14 Motor Coach Industries: 2007 USA EPA Evolved from NSERC LAMP pilot project Engine/transmission system design/integration to meet 2007 US EPA emissions requirements Six months from idea to prototype (including legal approvals – from US parent) Five students, three instructors ONLY three months to actually do the work Met/exceeded all test requirements of all prototypes The nature of the outcome is a new model that sells. from an interview with Jim MacDonald, Director of Engineering at MCI by Marcel D. Mongeon, Mongeon Consulting Inc. Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 14

15 Access to Resources Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 15

16 Colleges: a Distributed Resource Over 150 colleges, polytechnics and institutes Presence in over 1,000 Canadian communities Capital inventory of over $25 billion Over 60,000 full-time & 150,000 part-time employees Colleges train and retrain the workforce 1.5 million full- and part-time learners Linked to industrial and technical drivers of the economy Colleges: Applying Knowledge, Delivering Results ….. a vibrant range of activities contributing significantly to innovation and local and regional economic development ….per NSERC Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 16

17 Colleges: a Local Resource Specialized facilities and expertise Highly Qualified Personnel Faculty Students Staff Customized training and services Colleges and government agencies can play a significant role in assisting industry Colleges are in various stages of development Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 17

18 NSERC Program Access Opportunities College and Community Innovation Program Intellectual Property Mobilization Program Idea to Innovation As a co-applicant with university professors Research Partnership Programs Collaborative Health Research Projects Special Research Opportunity Grants As an Adjunct Professor Leverage Participation in collaborative projects Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 18

19 Colleges and NSERC Programs Idea to Innovation (I2I) Phase 1 – Proof-of-Concept Advance promising scientific results or technologies to attract early stage investment and/or build the IP Phase II – Technology Enhancement Provide scientific or engineering evidence establishing the technical feasibility and market definition of the technology, process or product working with early stage investor or company College & Community Innovation Program Increase college capacity to support local innovation Colleges working with businesses and industries Students trained in innovation activities Local companies adopting new technologies, launching new and improved products and processes Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 19

20 SR&ED: Canadas $4B Innovation Program Incentive is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency Technological advancement Incremental (relative) to the firm New knowledge/IP – patents, industrial designs, copyrights, trade secrets Material evaluation Product or process development Technological uncertainty Risk must exist, failure is acceptable (the ultimate risk) Can be experimental in nature Technical content Have a hypothesis or plan – not trial-and-error Highly qualified personnel (including students) – education and/or experience Contemporaneous documentation Shop Floor SR&ED is OK Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 20

21 SR&ED Indicators Projects with NRC-IRAP support 3 rd party projects, eg. with academic institutions Patents and other intellectual property Technical log and laboratory notebooks Test request system High scrap rates Recurring manufacturing or customer problems, issues and service requests New product or process Watch LEAN initiatives Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 21

22 Research-Technology-Commercialization Applied Research: www.KnowledgeNet.cawww.KnowledgeNet.ca Canadian Technology: http://ctn-rct.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/http://ctn-rct.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ Commercialization Network: www.acctcanada.cawww.acctcanada.ca Colleges: www.accc.cawww.accc.ca Federal Labs: http://www.fptt-pftt.gc.ca/http://www.fptt-pftt.gc.ca/ I-CAN (Innoventures Canada): http://www.i-can.ca/membership.htmhttp://www.i-can.ca/membership.htm Industry Assistance: http://irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/http://irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ Manitoba Research Infrastructure: http://www.gov.mb.ca/ctt/invest/busfacts/r_d/index.html http://www.gov.mb.ca/ctt/invest/busfacts/r_d/index.html NRC Institutes: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/institutes/index_e.htmlhttp://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/institutes/index_e.html NSERC Awards: www.nserc.gc.ca/programs/result/database.htmwww.nserc.gc.ca/programs/result/database.htm Research and Technology: www.flintbox.cawww.flintbox.ca Research Tax Incentives: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/taxcredit/sred/http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/taxcredit/sred/ Universities: www.aucc.cawww.aucc.ca Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 22

23 ATEC: Advanced Transportation & Energy Chapter Five of 2007 Federal Budget: The College and Community Innovation Program (CCIP) is a pilot project administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada that supports research collaborations between firms and colleges. To date, the program has supported six such collaborations. For example, the program enabled a joint project between Manitobas Red River College and a leading motor coach manufacturer to integrate a modified heavy-duty diesel engine into an existing vehicle in order to meet reduced emission requirements. (http://www.budget.gc.ca/2007/bp/bpc5de.html#innovationhttp://www.budget.gc.ca/2007/bp/bpc5de.html#innovation Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 23

24 Sustainable Infrastructure & Opportunities presented by Research Clusters Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 24

25 Red River College: at a Glance MBs 2nd largest post-secondary institution Comprehensive college with ~110 programs Multiple campuses across Winnipeg/Manitoba Serve 11,000 FT and 19,500 PT learners annually 53% female (not including apprenticeship, of full-time learners) 1,100 employees (full-time equivalent) ~600 faculty (without Continuing + Distance Education) $131 Million annual budget (08/09) CARSI is Manitobas first dedicated college research facility applied research and technology development Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 25

26 CARSI Facility Overview Objective is to conduct innovative and improved applied research that leads to the development of innovative and emerging sustainable infrastructure technologies in construction materials systems Applied research themes Advanced Composite Materials Asphalt Concrete Systems Building Envelope Systems Large Light-Frame Wooden Structures 10,000 sf dedicated facility - $2M capital investment CFI and MRIF contributions of ~$550,000 each Homenko Builders – major industrial partner RRC Schools of Construction and Engineering Technologies and Transportation, Aviation and Manufacturing Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 26

27 CARSI and Manitoba Hydro DownTown Office Project (DTOP) Curtain Wall Prototype and Demonstration Utilize removable wall section of the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI) Curtain wall testing Living Lab (mock-up office module) Applied Research & Technology Development http://www.hydro.mb.ca/projects/downtown Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 27

28 CARSI and Manitoba Hydro Installation of double curtain wall system (with operable windows) to evaluate Thermal performance and potential problems Light efficacy and quality (both natural and artificial light) Installation/testing of raised computer/HVAC floor Evaluation of furniture system and materials in conditions which simulate orientation/ effects of natural light Acoustic testing Determined Thermal properties Air infiltration characteristics Air pressure build-up and bracing to secure operable windows Optimum spacing of T-5 lighting Fan coil installation methodology Demonstrated dimensions and interior characteristics of a full-size office bay When you enter into an R&D project a multitude of other benefits arise. The CARSI DTOP mock up has been invaluable in making a number of multi- million dollar decisions. – Tom Akerstream, Manitoba Hydro Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 28

29 CFI: CARSI Results & Impact Greater opportunities for faculty, staff and students Supports the polytechnic model of education Projects with SMEs and regional organizations, eg. City of Winnipeg (recycled rubber for asphalt walkway demonstration) Manitoba Hydro (DownTown Office Project) Misipawistik Cree Nation (sustainable greenhouse) NorthAir Technology (basement/crawl space moisture removal) SMT Research (Letter of Agreement, moisture sensors) NRC-IRAP Member Contribution Agreement Relationships (new or enhanced) with Academic Institutions ACC, BCIT, SAIT Polytechnic, NAIT, SIAST, UM, UW, Kobe University, etc. Catalyst for growth in applied research Neubrex (of Japan) Neubrescope instrument (for non-destructive structural testing in civil infrastructure and aerospace) applications Manitoba Bio-Products Strategy (development and involvement) ISIS Canada (structural health monitoring and civionics) Advanced Transportation & Energy Centre NSERC Community and College Innovation Proposal ($3.85M) Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 29

30 SI Cluster: NRC-IRAP Network Member Initial approach after CARSI Grand Opening (200+ attended) Support, enhance and expand the sustainable infrastructure cluster, particularly in Manitoba Build capacity to enhance CARSI programs and services Benefit technology-based SMEs in the sustainable infrastructure sector through SME involvement in the research, development, commercialization and application of sustainable infrastructure, especially in the construction and related heavy equipment and transportation sectors A network capable of generating new opportunities and identifying, incorporating and/or developing new materials, technologies, techniques, products and processes NRC Institute for Research in Construction & Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Research Canadian Construction Materials Centre (Ottawa) Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 30

31 SI Cluster: Objectives Support, enhance and expand the sustainable infrastructure cluster, particularly in Manitoba Build capacity within the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI) to enhance its programs and services Benefit technology-based SMEs in the sustainable infrastructure sector Assist in meeting a key requirement of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that 90% of CARSI be dedicated and used for research and related activities Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 31

32 SI Cluster: Expected Outcomes SME involvement in the research, development, commercialization and application of sustainable infrastructure, especially in the construction and related heavy equipment and transportation sectors A network capable of generating new opportunities and identifying, incorporating and/or developing new materials, technologies, techniques, products and processes Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 32

33 SI Cluster: Metrics & Measures New contacts and relationships/networks New business opportunities Introductions of new and/or improved materials, technologies, techniques, products and processes Relevant applied research projects carried out by CARSI RRC instructor and student involvement in CARSI- related applied research projects Jobs created or retained Expansion of sales and exports Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 33

34 SI Cluster: Community Survey 100 Manitoba-based organizations in the Sustainable Infrastructure Sector contacted (July/August 2008), 30 responded Building Envelope Technology and Materials Service Life Extension Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency – Net Zero Confirmation of direction for CARSI Results integrated into NSERC CCI and CFI LEF and NIF proposals Now focussing on contact with municipalities Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 34

35 SI Cluster: R&T Development NSERC College and Community Innovation Program 32 Letters of Intent received, 14 invited to submit proposals 8 proposals each to be awarded $2.3M (over five years) Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group Theme Areas Building Performance/Structural Health Monitoring Green Building/Net or Near-Zero Building Research $3.85M total value $1.05M from industry and $0.5M from RRC CFI Leading Edge Fund – CARSI - $ 1,902,995 Expanded capability, will enhance CCI activity CFI New Initiatives Fund – ATEC - $6,095,165 Complementary to CARSI- sustainable transportation Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 35

36 SI Cluster: Community Interaction Model Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 36

37 CI Cluster: Applied Research Projects Completed/In Progress MB Hydro: Downtown Office Project curtain wall evaluation and living lab Neubrex: NBX-6040 research demonstration NorthAir Tech: crawlspace humidity removal system capacity testing SMT Research: environmental testing of sensors fabrication/calibration of moisture sensors for use with ISIS on Canadian heritage buildings Potential/In Discussion Misipawistik Cree Nation: sustainable greenhouse design & operator training Province of Manitoba: VANOC Manitoba Pavilion prototype SAIT (with BCIT): green building (residential) research Solar Solutions: heat recovery system validation University of Winnipeg Centre for Transportation Studies: PHEV V2G testing Vector Construction/ISIS Canada: post-tension beam testing Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 37

38 NorthAir Tech Testing Crawlspace moisture removal system development Experimental model trialed in basement of Building AR&C provided input to business planning process AR&C observed off-site testing, led by Unies Consulting Engineers, in NorthAIr Techs premises CARSI environmental chambers used to evaluate capacity CARSI used by NorthAir Tech for client demonstrations Now prototyping basement floor system NRC-IRAP support for NorthAir Tech Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 38

39 Sustainable Greenhouse for Northern Climates Misipawistik Cree Nation in Grand Rapids Vegetable greenhouse with operating parameters adjusted to meet local climatic conditions Pilot project to promote employment Northern Healthy Food Initiative Community-based Red River Colleges role Greenhouse operator training Evaluate climatic data and materials suitable for building construction Partnership potential Greenhouse design and materials Operating experience in similar conditions Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 39

40 Where the Rubber Meets the Road Bishop Grandin Boulevard Demonstration Project by City of Winnipeg Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 40

41 Neubrescope NBX-6040 Only commercially available cm-order Brillouin distributed strain and temperature sensing system using optical fibre for Structural Health Monitoring High measurement accuracy and high spatial resolution Accurate, reliable measurements over long distances (20 km) Applications Piping, pipelines, and pressure vessels Civil infrastructure such as dams, bridges and buildings Aerospace – CFRP deformation detection and quality control Possible projects Vector Construction – post-tension beams ISIS Canada – hydro dam or bridge deck monitoring www.neubrex.com Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 41

42 SI Cluster Accomplishments (selected) Established Resource Centre (within RRC Library & CARSI) Raised awareness and received positive feedback (survey of 100) Sustainable Infrastructure Cluster initiation (pay-as-you-go for now) City of Winnipeg recycled rubber asphalt pavement demonstration following CARSI workshop with ON and AB speakers Invited NSERC CCI proposal ($3.85M) – strong local support, including $1.05M industry & $0.5M RRC contributions Acquisition (one year loan) of Neubrescope NBX-6040 and 1.5 day training seminar for potential users in the community BCIT, NRC-IRC, SAIT Polytechnic & SIAST – interested in collaboration Prairie Cleantech Consortium for COPENMIND SME projects (Neubrex, NorthAir Tech, SMT Research) ISIS Canada SHM Network opportunity Invitation to speak at CFI Boards Community Dinner (2008 11 17) Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 42

43 SI Cluster: CFI/MRIF, NRC-IRAP & NSERC CFI/MRIF: provides CARSI research infrastructure NRC-IRAP: supports cluster development, CARSI the cornerstone NSERC : will help to build capacity Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009 SSMIC - 43

44 Thank You! Ray Hoemsen, M.Sc., P. Eng. Director, Applied Research & Commercialization Red River College (204) 632-2523 RHoemsen@rrc.mb.ca www.rrc.mb.ca/appliedresearch AR&Cinfo@rrc.mb.ca APPLYING KNOWLEDGE, DELIVERING RESULTS SSMIC - 44 Technology Transfer Process Workshop © 2009


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