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Our Startups

McMaster researchers disclose more than 80 inventions and creative works to the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) every year. Advisors at MILO work with these inventors and creators to file patents or other IP protection, evaluate market opportunities, and identify potential licensees or investors to move these technologies forward. Our goal is to support McMaster researchers in licensing these inventions to existing companies or supporting the creation of startup companies to create social and economic benefit for all Canadians.

Companies looking for new innovations, or investors and entrepreneurs looking for startup opportunities, can search for available technologies. For inquiries, please contact Glen Crossley, Associate Director, Business Development and Intellectual Property.

McMaster Seed Fund

Launched in September 2021, the McMaster Seed Fund (MSF) is an early-stage investment vehicle designed to foster innovative startup companies coming out from McMaster research with the potential for significant economic and/or societal impact in the Hamilton region and beyond. Applications for Round 2 will be accepted until July 29, 2022. If you are interested, please connect with Leigh Wilson for MILO’s guidance.

The APPLICATION FORM is available in PDF or Word

Two McMaster startups — Synmedix and Insight Medbotics — have received a combined $735,000 to move their innovations closer to reality in the first round of investments of the MSF.

Synmedix — a biotechnology company founded by Eric Brown, Distinguished University Professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences — received $300,000 to further its novel antibiotic platform. The technology, developed in Brown’s lab, enhances the efficacy and spectrum of many antibiotics through the action of bicarbonate and can be broadly applied to antibacterial drug discovery.

Insight Medbotics Inc (IMI) — a medical devices company co-founded by Mehran Anvari, professor of surgery — received $435,000. The company aims to establish itself as the pre-eminent company in MRI surgical robotic imaging and diagnostics for breast cancer.

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