Innovation Hub

Director, Partnerships and Innovation

  • Loren Oschipok

    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.


  • Loren Oschipok

Technology Transfer Specialists

  • Harsha Blumer

    Harsha holds a M.Sc. (Physics), M.Tech. (Space and Atmospheric Sciences), and Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and graduated from the University of Manitoba (UM) with the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. She worked as a Research Facilitator and Development Officer (Natural Sciences) for the Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at UM, supporting researchers in the development of successful research grants, identifying funding opportunities, and industry partnerships. She then did her postdoctoral research at West Virginia University, where she also served as the Project Director for an astronomy research education program before transitioning into the role of a Research Scientist. In her new role at PIO, she supports university’s research, intellectual property, and technology transfer activities.


  • Jody Dexter

    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.


  • Robert Werbowesky

    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.

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Partnerships and Innovation
Room 410-100 Innovation Drive
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 6G2 Canada

(204) 474-6200