Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia university and community college research to market. Below is a list of the 2016-2017 funded projects.

Winter 2017 Round

Dalhousie University

Researchers: Christopher Friesen, Tony Ingram, Mike Lawrence, Shaun Boe
Project: Biofeedback for enhancing sports performance

Researchers: Daniel Boyd, Heather Doucette
Project: A novel desensitizing agent for over-the-counter toothpastes

Researchers: David Barclay, Meghan Troup
Project: Autonomous hovercraft for bathymetric surveying

Researcher: Mark J. Filiaggi
Project: Polyphosphate glass microspheres for clinical use

Researchers: Ian Hill, Charlotte Clegg, Samuel March
Project: Perovskite solar cells

Researcher: Thomas Trappenberg
Project: Robot for sustainable farming operations

Cape Breton University

Researchers: Beth Mason, Zied Khiari
Project: Upcycling of fish and meat processing byproducts into value-added bioproducts


Fall 2016 Round

Dalhousie University

Researcher: Alon Friedman
Project: Development of image analysis technology for the early diagnosis of diabetes retinopathy

Researchers: Kevin C. Hewitt, Ian Alwayn, Haishan Zeng, Alexey Tikhomirov, Tobias Karakach
Project: Accurate and real-time assessment of liver fat content in human subjects using a Raman fiber optic probe

Researchers: Lukas Swan, Nathaniel Pearre, Jennifer Thompson
Project: Dynamic electricity demand limit and alarm system (smart energy)

Researchers: Christian Lehmann, Mary Lynch, Melanie Kelly
Project: Novel formulation for the treatment of interstitial cystitis

Researchers: Peter Bodorik, Dawn Jutla
Project: Trusted identity services for blockchain applications

Researcher: Jean-Francois Bousquet
Project: Wireless power transfer to enable deployment of remote underwater instruments

Cape Breton University

Researcher: Xu Zhang
Project: Copper nanoparticle-labeled secondary antibody for immunoassay


Note: In 2016-2017, Innovacorp’s Life Sciences Pre-Investment (LSPI) program – a sector-specific offering under the Early Stage Commercialization Program (ESCF) – made awards to two companies: NovaResp Technologies Inc. (Hamed Hanafi) and Audioptics Medical Inc. (Robert Adamson).