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Great ideas change the world, but ideas need a push forward.

At the University of Alberta, we know that push has never been more important as we do our part to rebuild Alberta and keep doors of opportunity open to all. We're making research discoveries. We’re cultivating entrepreneurs. And we’re giving our students the knowledge and skills they need to turn today's ideas into tomorrow's innovations.

Six U of A innovations that changed the world

Since the beginning, the U of A and Alberta have grown together. From laying the foundations that spawned a national energy industry to saving Canada’s canola, our researchers have been driving discovery and impact on a global stage for more than 100 years.


Quantum Canola


The world's first hepatitis B antiviral


The C-Leg


Synthesized sucrose


The first oilsands separation process


World championship winning AI

We solve society’s most pressing problems

The U of A’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is Canada’s leader in virus research and vaccine development. And when COVID-19 emerged as the most urgent health challenge the world has seen in a century, our experts were ready to start finding solutions. As the province’s flagship post-secondary institution, the U of A is a key driver of Alberta-made innovation to improve the quality of life for the people of our province and planet.

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Stacey Hume
Health And Wellness, Science and Technology

U of A spinoff company partners with Alberta Health Services to produce reagents for COVID-19 tests

John Lewis U of A Researcher
Research, Health And Wellness

Made-in-Alberta COVID-19 vaccine candidate headed for clinical trials

Science and Technology, Research, Health And Wellness

U of A-led team tests wastewater from Edmonton long-term care homes as early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks

Viral Impact

We’re home to Canada’s first Nobel laureate in medicine in nearly a century. Michael Houghton didn’t just discover the hepatitis C virus—he’s demonstrated how tenacity and collaboration make life-saving ideas a reality.

University of Alberta virologist awarded Nobel Prize

Michael Houghton wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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Open for Business

Our best work happens in partnership. By connecting passionate problem-solvers with talent-hungry industries, we're driving the economic engines of our province—all with a vision to make the world safer, healthier and more equitable.

Science and Technology, Research

U of A-led space mission propelled by significant new funding

Science and Technology, Health And Wellness, Business, Research

U of A spinoff company merges with U.S. firm to commercialize breakthrough organ transplant technology

Edmonton Skyline
Society and Culture, Business, Science and Technology, Health And Wellness

University of Alberta and Brass Dome Ventures Ltd. launch imYEG accelerator to increase commercialization of research-driven innovations

University of Alberta president Bill Flanagan talks about how the university has always been there in developing the research that drives economic development in Alberta.

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