Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia university, college and university-affiliated hospital research to market. In 2021-2022, we were delighted to team up with the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (DNRR) on the ESCF projects focused on technologies that reduce carbon emissions (we’ve noted those projects below).

Below is a list of the 2021-2022 funded projects.

Fall 2021 Round


Researcher: Alan Fine
Project: Rapid tests for COVID-19

Researcher: Hong Gu
Project: Artificial intelligence system for emergency patient diagnosis

Researcher: Kevin Hewitt
Project: Optical device for assessing liver fat content in humans

Researcher: Sean Hinds
Project: Camera for imaging greenhouse gasses

Researcher: Rebecca Moyer
Project: Device to identify muscle atrophy biomarkers

Researcher: Wade Watson
Project: Aerosol holding chamber for inhalers

Winter 2022 Round


Researcher: Mita Dasog
Project: Technology to produce hydrogen on demand (ESCF funding matched by DNRR)

Researcher: Sean Hinds
Project: Camera for imaging greenhouse gasses (ESCF funding matched by DNRR)

Researcher: Sean Myles
Project: Genome editing technology to improve apples

Researcher: Vincent Sieben
Project: Sensor for evaluating carbon sequestration (ESCF funding matched by DNRR)

Researcher: Lukas Swan
Project: Long-life batteries for electric bikes


Researcher: Beth Mason
Project: Compostable replacements for single-use plastics


In 2021-2022, Innovacorp helped support two research projects at Dalhousie University through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)’s Seed Fund. The support came from Innovacorp’s ESCF budget since OFI’s competition shared ESCF’s goal of encouraging technology commercialization at post-secondary institutions.

Researcher: Craig Brown
Project: Technology for sediment profile imaging of coastal environments

Researcher: Anna Metaxas
Project: Technology to maintain and restore healthy kelp beds