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Partnerships & Innovation
410 - 100 Innovation Drive
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4
Phone: 204.474.6200 Fax: 204.261-3475 
General enquiries may be made to

Darren Fast, Director, Partnerships & Innovation
Dr. Fast joined the University of Manitoba as director of the Partnerships & Innovation in 2012. He has over 20 years of experience assessing and moving research-based technologies into the private sector as well as facilitating collaborative research partnerships with industry. He is also the lead of the Western Canadian Innovation Offices project, a collaborative effort to boost engagement of post-secondary institutions and industry in Western Canada. Previously, Darren was the Senior Intellectual Property Advisor at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He was also the President of Solalta Advisors, providing market and business development services for early stage, technology based companies. Darren has also been Chief Technology Officer for the Western Life Sciences Venture Fund, and Manager, Product Planning and Development at Viventia Biotech. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba.
Odd Bres, Technology Transfer Specialist
Odd has a degree in biological science from the University of Alberta, and received a PhD in comparative physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1988, followed by work at UC, Berkeley and UCLA as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. He left academia to establish a biotechnology startup company in genetic analysis services. Odd now serves the University in managing intellectual property and technology commercialization.

Jody Dexter, Technology Transfer Specialist
Jody received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta specializing in the environmental impacts of genetically modified crops, gene flow via pollen and seeds, weed science and agronomy. Since graduation, Jody has extensively worked in the areas of microbiology, oncology, and pharmaceuticals as a Project Manager at Genome Prairie and as a Business Development Associate at Cangene Corporation.

Loren Oschipok, Technology Transfer Specialist
Loren earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC), specializing in nervous system regeneration after traumatic injury. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, he then worked as a Laboratory Manager at UBC before transitioning into the role of Technology Transfer Officer at the UBC Industry-Liaison Office. A member of both the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and Licensing Executives Society (LES), Loren brings with him a keen interest in the development and commercialization of early-stage technologies.

Robert Werbowesky , Technology Transfer Specialist 
Robert trained as an educator and analytical chemist, and spent four years in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist before returning to U of M to complete his Masters in Business Administration.  He then spent eleven years at the National Research Council in both technology transfer and business analyst roles.  In addition to his experience with medical devices, Robert brings a passion for learning and a broad understanding of technical business intelligence.
Patsy Wiebe, Financial & Admin. Officer 

Janice Smith, Reception/Office Assistant


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