Success Stories

Productive partnerships & powerful collaborations

Learn how our researchers and industry partners are addressing real-world problems, delivering critical innovations to the public, driving economic growth, and helping to train the next generation of inventors, problem-solvers, and entrepreneurs. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Tech Transfer & Licensing Partnerships

Left to right: Andy Fillmore, Stefan Vilsmeier, James Robar and Drew Bethune standing in front of a Nova Scotia Health Authority backdrop at the Brainlab AG announcement

In 2017, Brainlab AG, an international medical technology, company licensed the rights to an innovative algorithm designed by medical physicists to control cranial radiation equipment with unmatched precision.

Researcher/inventor Alec Falkenham is photographed inside of a tattoo studio.

This Canadian pharmaceutical company has licensed the world-wide rights to develop and commercialize an innovative tattoo removal cream developed by a PhD student in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine.

A classroom full students at desks

Velsoft is an e-learning company headquarted in Nova Scotia that works with customers around the world. The company has acquired the rights to an innovative professional development program called Teacher Help, which aims to help teachers deliver evidence-based classroom interventions for students with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

The Clinical Frailty Scale was developed by a Dalhousie physician to help clinicians summarize the overall fitness or frailty of older adults. 

Research Collaborations


A photo of three researchers standing in the snow in Baker Lake, Nunavut.

This research collaboration between researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Agnico Eagle Mines aims to improve a wastewater treatment system in the arctic community of Baker Lake, Nunavut. 

A crowd of people gathering around a research demonstration inside of a Dalhousie building during a DeepSense  announcement event.

DeepSense is a research collaboration platform in the Faculty of Computer Science. It unites industry, academia, and government in an effort to boost the ocean economy in Atlantic Canada through the application of big data analytics. 

Dr. Ahmad Al-Mallahi is photographed wearing a lab coat and protective eyewear standing in front of a tractor holding a basket of potatoes.

A research collaboration between McCain Foods and Dalhousie University is leveraging the Faculty of Agriculture's expertise in precision agriculture research to develop and improve technology for use in potatoe production.

NovaEel Inc. CEO Paul Smith at Dalhousie's Aquatron facility examining female eels inside of a tank

Two collaborative projects with researchers at Dalhousie Medical School and the Faculty of Engineering helped NovaEel build a glass eel aquaculture farm that plans to export its eels to Japan.

A photo of a field used for blueberry production in Nova Scotia.

Long-stanging collaborations between this Nova Scotian company and researchers at the Faculty of Agriculture are helping to find ways to improve the growth and quality of wild blueberries while reducing production costs.

A photograph of a steering wheel with the Tesla logo in the middle

In 2015, Tesla entered an exclusive research collaboration with Dalhousie’s world-renowned battery scientist and Herzberg Gold Medal recipient, Jeff Dahn, marking the first time the company ever partnered with a university. 

Researchers in the School of Health and Human Performance partnered with Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation to evaluate aspects of the school-based BOKS program, which aims to help kids meet recommended amounts of daily physical activity. 

This research collaboration between Dalhousie oceanographers and Cooke Aquaculture explores sustainable aquaculture and has led to additional collaborations with more partners and growth of the Atlantic Canadian economy. 

Dal Startups


The three founders of Adaptiiv Medical Technologies sitting at a table, holding 3D printed materials

This healthcare technology start-up based in Halifax was born of radiation oncology research at Dalhousie Medical School. It specializes in the development of software products that improve the patient experience during radiation therapy.

A photograph of Jordan Kyriakidis standing at a podium by a Canadian flag

Jordan Kyriakidis was applying quantum physics to real-world problems through a research collaboration with industry giant Lockheed Martin when he had the idea for QRA Corp. The associate professor had noticed similarities between the complexity of engineering systems used in aerospace designs and the nature of a physics problem his Dalhousie research team was investigating. 

Three of the founding members of ABK Biomedical stand outside a building

Three Dalhousie researchers co-founded ABK Biomedical after a research discovery led to product development. The company focuses on the research and development of innovative embolic therapies intended to treat both benign and malignant hypervascular tumours.

Student & Post-Doc Mitacs Projects


Dr. Sam March, Co-founder of Rayleigh, is wearing protective gear while holding a solar cell close to the camera.

This Dal spin-off company founded by two Dal graduate students leveraged the Mitacs Accelerate program to conduct research on perovskites, a promising material that can change the course of the solar cell technology. This project focused on addressing some of the last barriers to the commercialization of perovkites.