Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia university, college and university-affiliated hospital research to market. 

Below is a list of the 2017-2018 funded projects. 

Winter 2018 Round

Dalhousie University

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

Researchers: Daniel Boyd, Heather Doucette
Project: Accelerating commercialization of a novel desensitizing agent for over-the-counter toothpastes

Researchers: Renata Dividino, Amilcar Soares, Stan Matwin, Fernando Paulovich
Project: Deep ocean shipping and maritime intelligence    

Researchers: Christopher Algar, Greg Wanger
Project: Microbial fuel cell system for bioremediation of aquaculture sites


Researcher: Darren Oystreck
Project: Virtual-reality-based diagnostic tool to enhance or replace current clinical assessment devices in an eye clinic

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Researchers: David Johnston, J. Andrew Trenholm
Project: Shoulder implant for patients with an irreparable rotator cuff tear

Researcher: Brennan D. Eadie
Project: A novel visual field analyzer for improved clinical care of patients with glaucoma

Cape Breton University

Researcher: Xu (Shine) Zhang
Project: Electrochemical generation of high-value graphene oxide nanosheets

Fall 2017 Round

Dalhousie University

Researchers: Doug Wallace, Chris L’Esperance
Project: Compact gas chromatography (GC) based analyzer 

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

Researcher: Gail Eskes
Project: Computerized assessment for post-operative cognitive dysfunction 

Cape Breton University

Researcher: Beth Mason
Project: Pilot-scale bio-processing of marine by-products for the simultaneous extraction of multiple value-added bio-products 

Researcher: Xu (Shine) Zhang
Project: Electrochemical filtration of contaminated water