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MAY 2016
U of T Chemistry
Dear Alumni and Friends,

Chemistry is frequently abuzz with news of startups and other commercialization activities and consistently ranks among the top-5 departments across the University for metrics of innovation such as invention disclosures, patent applications and license agreements. In this issue of e-Distillations, we shine a spotlight on some of these activities.

We feature Professor Cynthia Goh, a long-standing champion of entrepreneurship in Chemistry, who was recently named the inaugural Academic Director of the Banting and Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. We also highlight startups founded by current graduate student Calvin Cheng (Sciventions) and alumni Leo Mui (Lunanos), Darren Anderson (Vive Crop Protection) and Andre Arsenault (Opalux).

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Best wishes for an enjoyable summer. We will return with our next newsletter in the fall.

Best Regards,

Robert Batey
Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry
Professor Cynthia Goh
Entrepreneurship champion named Academic Director of the Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Professor Cynthia Goh has been named the inaugural academic director of the BBCIE, bringing a long history of advocating for scientific entrepreneurship and a strong vision for integrating the BBCIE with the broader academic community.
Scott McAuley and Leo Mui
Lunanos: sticking up for sanitation in healthcare

As they were finishing up their graduate studies in Chemistry, alumni Leo Mui (MSc, 2010) and Scott McAuley (MSc, 2010) caught the entrepreneurial bug. The outcome is Lunanos, a company set to revolutionize sanitation in healthcare through their invention IndiClean, a special sticker that changes colour when cleaned with a liquid disinfectant.
Sciventions: an e-commerce platform for scientists
Calvin Cheng: graduate student & entrepreneur

PhD candidate Calvin Cheng has founded Sciventions, an e-commerce platform for scientists. He also sits on the executive committee of charity Pueblo Science and his doctoral research is focused on development of a filtration product with potential for commercialization.
Vive Crop Protection and Opalux
Portraits of innovation: Vive Crop Protection and Opalux

Vive Crop Protection and Opalux are two companies founded by alumni and based on innovations from Chemistry. Vive Crop Protection develops targeted delivery systems for pesticide active ingredients and Opalux creates advanced anti-counterfeiting security features using tunable photonic crystals. Both are poised to make big impacts in their respective fields.
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