Technology Transfer Services Team

We help researchers, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and students explore their discoveries and innovations' application and commercial potential and support intellectual property (IP) protection and strategy. We also connect external companies and individuals with UAlberta technologies available for licensing. Our services include:

  • Administration, Contracts and IP Management – invention/intellectual property protection guidance, patent/copyright filing and management, and executing/managing legal contracts such as Data Sharing Agreements, Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements.
  • Technology Transfer and Licensing – identify the commercialization potential of research-driven discoveries and innovations and help inventors navigate the commercialization process.
  • Industry Partnerships and Business Development – Create translational research and commercialization partnerships with industry, market licensing opportunities and help U of A spinoffs, inventors and entrepreneurs grow, scale and succeed.

Meet our team below and contact us to find out how we can help you.


Administration, Contracts, and IP Management

Priyanka Patel, BSc
Administrative Coordinator
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

pp3@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

TTS’s primary operational and administrative contact, Priyanka supports the team in their administrative and operational needs.

  • BSc (chemistry), business management diploma
  • Administrative experience in various organizations
Brenda Service
Intellectual Property Manager
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

780.492.1584
bservice@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

Brenda works with University of Alberta researchers and innovators to protect inventions through intellectual property filings and management.

  • Paralegal Studies, MacEwan University
  • Intellectual Property Paralegal, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Informatics and Intellectual Property Manager, TEC Edmonton (2008-2020)
  • Legal Assistant, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (1996-2000)
  • Informatics and Intellectual Property Manager, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (2000-2008)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member

Technology Transfer and Licensing

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Joanna Preston, MBA
Associate Director Licensing - Health Sciences
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

T: 780.492.7120 (please use cell during COVID)
C: 780.265.1075
jpreston@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

Joanna works with University of Alberta researchers and innovators to assess, protect and negotiate commercialization opportunities for health and life sciences innovations and discoveries.

  • B.Sc. (Specialization Genetics); MBA (Technology Commercialization)
  • Associate director, technology management (health sciences), TEC Edmonton (2005-2020)
  • Technology Management Officer, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (1999-2004)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member 
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Quang Tran, PhD
Associate Director Licensing - Health Sciences
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

780.492.6254 (during COVID)
qmtran@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

Quang works with University of Alberta researchers and innovators to identify and assess intellectual property, manage the IP protection process, and commercialize new discoveries in health and life sciences.

  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry), B.Sc. (Honors Biochemistry)
  • Technology Management Officer, TEC Edmonton (2014-2020)
  • Technology Analyst, Innovate Calgary (2012-2014)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member
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Robert Carruthers, MSc
Associate Director Licensing - Natural Sciences & Engineering
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

825-601-5559 
rwcarruthers@ualberta.ca 

Background and expertise

Robert helps researchers, postdocs and other inventors identify and advance the commercialization potential of research-driven projects and innovations, helping them navigate the commercialization process including assessing and protecting IP, connecting with commercial partners, and negotiating associated contracts.

  • M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering)
  • Manager, Licensing, FPInnovations (2015 – 2020)
  • Sr. Intellectual Property Manager/Licensing Manager, Innovate Calgary (2010–2015)
  • Technology Analyst, University Technologies Intl. (2007 – 2010)

Industry Partnerships and Business Development

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David Chang, PhD
Industry Liaison Officer
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

780.718.3163 
dc@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

With an engineering, software and life sciences background, David works with industry to create translational research and commercialization partnerships and licensing opportunities developed by UAlberta researchers, postdocs and other innovators.

  • Ph.D. (Chemical and Materials Engineering, Computer Process Control specialization); M.A.Sc. and B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering)
  • CEO/COO, Metabolomic Technologies (2015-2020)
  • Director of Products and Services, Chenomx (2009-2014)
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Luke Butterworth, MBA
Executive in Residence
Contact Information & Bio

Contact

C: 519.300.0459
lbutterw@ualberta.ca

Background and expertise

Luke is an innovator with experience in automated supply chains, autonomous vehicles, virtual health care and food tech innovation. As an Executive MBA graduate from the University of Alberta, serial entrepreneur of 3 companies and NEXT36 alumni there is nothing he enjoys more than building new ventures. This past year he co-founded JustCook Kitchens to build a digitally native food hall and market. Luke is also the Chief Originator at Grassroots Ventures and an EIR at the University of Alberta. He looks forward to mentoring companies at the UofA and assisting in their commercialization.

  • MBA, BHK
  • Entrepreneur (Telehealth, Autonomous Vehicles, Food Tech and Venture Capital)
  • COO JustCook Kitchens
  • COO DiviAI
  • Chief Originator at Grassroots Ventures
  • CEO TrioovaCare