Students from the Faculty of Medicine have been learning new skills that will help them differentiate themselves in the competitive world of research through a new seminar series entitled “Enhancing the Impact of Your Research” organised by uOttawa’s Innovation Support Services. Momentum is building for these noon-hour sessions, held every Thursday throughout March and April, as word is getting out.
Today’s researchers increasingly need to learn skills beyond those developed in the laboratory to thrive and to see the results of their hard work benefit society. In a recent session, senior researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute shared their experience moving their research out of the lab and into the market through start-up companies and partnerships with other companies. Tony Krantis, Jean-Simon Diallo, and Lynn Megeney, each had valuable advice to share.
“Starting the company was an exciting time full of creativity. It was also a harrowing time, not to be feared, but to be embraced. You need to find your allies by talking to everyone who might be able to help you financially and with expertise from doctors to business people. You also have to deal with the skeptics.”
“Industry is spending more than ever, but they are doing it outside the company. There is a tremendous opportunity for academia because we are more flexible than big pharmaceutical companies. We can work with these companies effectively by organising our labs to do academic and applied research simultaneously, and improve the outcomes for both.”
“I had a discovery that I knew had lots of potential, but I needed to find the right market where there was no real alternative. Then I needed to try to know my idea down, to see if it was as good as I first thought it was. I also learned to surround myself with the right partners. You cannot underestimate the value of a strong business partner that can navigate the financing world.”
The series continues every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30, in RGN 1007, until April 13th with sessions on networking, understanding patents, getting companies interested in your research, looking at social impact, and building creativity. Be sure to register for the Enhancing the Impact of your Research! workshops to develop the softer skills you need to build your future success in research.