Our history of meaningful impact is rich and wide-ranging.

Since our inception a century ago, UBC's research and partnerships have led to new products, policies, and practices that have improved lives around the world.

Our discoveries and spin-off companies have played key roles in advancing technology, natural resources, and life sciences sectors. Today, our researchers are transforming manufacturing, advancing precision medicine, tackling global environmental issues, and working alongside communities to address their most pressing challenges.

Research Partnerships

We trace our meaningful interactions with industry back to the 1940s and 50s when Frank Forward's collaborations with Canadian industry partners transformed the resources industry. We now engage in 2,500 annual research collaborations with industry, government and non-profit partners. More than 800 of our industry partnerships are with Canadian companies, 300 of which involve BC-based companies.

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  • UBC has attracted more partnerships with Canadian companies through NSERC’s Engage Grant programs than any other university.
  • UBC has long-standing research relationships with major multinational companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Dolby, Cisco, Google, IBM, Qualcomm, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Pfizer, Roche and many more.
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Commercialization

UBC discoveries have been at the heart of products, treatments and services that have generated an estimated $11.5 billion in sales, and been the basis of more  than 200 spin-off companies. Today, UBC has more than 450 licensing agreements for its technologies across the world.

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  • The emergence and ongoing vitality of the BC life sciences industry is tied to a rich line of UBC spin-offs from QLT and Inex, through to the likes of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Augurex and Birch Biomed.
  • UBC's most frequently licensed technology is SIFT, an image matching algorithm invented by Dr. David Lowe. Still the gold standard almost 20 years after it was created, SIFT has been used in a huge range of applications from cellphone panoramas to theft detection.
  • Dr. Murray Goldberg’s creation of WebCT sparked the online learning revolution.
  • The dot-ca domain name was born at UBC, when John Demco secured the identity two years before the World Wide Web was created.
  • UBC is a powerhouse in liposome research, with research leading to multiple spin-off companies and three approved drugs: abelcet, myocet and marquibo.
  • D-Wave, the world's first quantum computing company, spun out of UBC in 1999. 

Knowledge Exchange

UBC researchers and their partners influence public policy and medical practices, and benefit local and global communities through collaboration and the sharing of new knowledge.

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  • Dr. Julio Montaner’s pioneering work established new global standards of care for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  • The Veterans Transition Network, delivering mental health services specifically for Veterans, grew out of research led by Drs. Marv Westwood and David Kuhl.
  • Amanda Vincent's Project Seahorse has generated 35 marine-protected areas (MPAs) that serve as sanctuaries for seahorses and threatened ecosystems, and fostered an alliance of more than 1,000 small-scale fishing families to enforce these no-take zones.
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Entrepreneurship

UBC supports the entrepreneurship ecosystem of students, faculty, staff and alumni through training, mentorships, accelerators and investment.

Did you know?

Since 2013, entrepreneurship@UBC and the UBC Seed Fund has:

  • had more than 2,200 registrants in its programs
  • incubated and accelerated 225 ventures
  • funded 13 ventures through the UBC Seed Fund

 

    • helped 29 ventures acquire funding
    • helped raise $130 million in Angel and VC funding
    • had 150 industry and startup mentors in its network