Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. As part of the Office of the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, and as a member of the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, we work closely with researchers, faculty, and students to help bridge the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact. We do this by going beyond traditional technology transfer services to include focused startup support programs and services for research-intensive companies.  

Innovate Calgary also manages the programming for the Life Sciences Innovation Hub that offers access to infrastructure, equipment, expertise, and startup support services for life science-based companies.  

For over 30 years, we have supported UCalgary’s innovation-driven community. We work alongside the university to create new initiatives to transition discovery to the market.

Our knowledge transfer and commercialization services include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual Property Management

  • Licensing or Company Formation

  • Technology/Innovation Marketing

  • Supporting Research Partnerships

  • Startup Programs and Services



University of Calgary

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a publicly funded university offering more than 250 academic programs and housing more than 50 research institutes and centres. As one of Canada's top comprehensive research universities, UCalgary prepares its 30,000+ students for success in life through a high-quality educational experience made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. The creation and transfer of knowledge at UCalgary contributes every day to Canada's global competitive advantage and addresses society's most persistent challenges. The university has a clear strategic direction to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities; where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand and where it fully engages the communities it serves and leads.



  • Innovate Calgary Board of Directors

    • Dr. William Ghali
      Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary

    • Linda Dalgetty, Interim Board Chair
      Vice-President (Finance & Services), University of Calgary

    • André Buret
      Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary

    • Robert Thompson
      Associate Vice-President (Research) and Director of Research Services, University of Calgary

  • Global Access to Medicines Principals

    Global Access to Medicines Principles*

    Technologies commercialized through Innovate Calgary have the potential to advance health, protect the environment, and promote sustainability.

    In order to maximize impact, Innovate Calgary will endeavour to adhere to the following Global Access Principles:

    • To enhance the economic and societal impact of medical innovations from the University of Calgary;

    • To extend these impacts to broader global settings; and

    • To ensure fair access to these technologies for relevant communities.

    With these Global Access Principles in mind, we have identified seven strategies that will enable Innovate Calgary to adhere to this vision:

    Innovate Calgary will:

    1. Endeavour to ensure that low and middle-income countries (LMICs) have access to Innovate Calgary medical research innovations through negotiated global access terms wherever appropriate.
    2. Support access to medicines and 'health-related technologies for all' as a primary purpose of technology transfer of health-related innovation.
    3. Use commercialization models that help preserve future research and innovation.
    4. Use the Medicines Patent Pool, and similar initiatives with a public commitment to access, where appropriate.
    5. Facilitate future innovation by patenting only when necessary to promote commercialization, utilizing non-exclusive licensing, creating streamlined processes for materials transfer and reserving broad rights to use licensed technology in future research.
    6. Promote field-of-use and jurisdictional limitations in exclusive licences to improve access for those in LMICs.
    7. Support public/private partnerships to develop new technologies to benefit the resource-poor populations, including those in LMICs.

    *These principles were adapted from Universities Allied For Essential Medicines' Global Access Licensing Framework

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  • Careers at Innovate Calgary

    Career Opportunities

    Innovate Calgary operates as the technology transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary. 

    Available positions:


    Senior Portfolio Manager, UCeed
    Innovate Calgary



    Venture Navigator, IMPACT
    Life Sciences Innovation Hub



    Director, Research Partnerships
    Life Sciences Innovation Hub



    Legal Counsel
    Innovate Calgary



    Expert Advisor Program - Life Sciences Innovation Hub
    This program is available to all LSI Hub members and offers up to 100-hours of access to a team of experts to help advance companies to their next milestone.

    Interested in becoming an Expert Advisor?

    Contact Us



  • Careers Within our LSI Hub Community

    Here is a list of career opportunities within the Life Sciences Innovation Hub member and tenant companies.

    Available positions:


    Student Intern

    Evolve to Innovate Program



    Analyst, Statistics and Computer programing

    Qualisure Diagnostics Inc.



    Scientist, Pharmacologist
    Enveric Biosciences



    Senior Scientist, Pharmacologist
    Enveric Biosciences



    Scientist, Synthetic/Medicinal Chemist (Psychedelics)
    Enveric Biosciences



    Senior Scientist, Synthetic/Medicinal Chemist (Psychedelics)
    Enveric Biosciences



    R&D Technician
    Nimble Science





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