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Patents a hindrance to getting ideas to market?

Imagine a contact lens that monitors a diabetic’s glucose levels through a person’s tears. Though not on the market yet, it is the patented wearable technology designed by Waterloo, Ont.-based Medella Health.

This company is in the homestretch of commercialization – a harrowing feat for many university-born concepts in Canada,

University of Waterloo’s unique IP policy, which allows its researchers to own their own work,

Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

University of Waterloo’s unique IP policy,allows its researchers to own their own work.

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Pan Am Torch Relay to arrive in Waterloo Region on June 18th

The Toronto Pan Am Games Torch Relay will make its’ way through Waterloo Region in late June.

Source: www.570news.com

There will be celebrations at Waterloo Town Square and Kitchener’s Carl Zehr Square on Thursday, June 18th.  There’s also an event at THEMUSEUM and Cambridge’s Civic Square the following day.

The torch relay begins its journey when the flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before landing in Canada on May 30th.

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New Centre for Smart Manufacturing launched at Conestoga College

The Centre for Smart Manufacturing provides a regional hub for applied research to support the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector.

Seven dedicated labs hosted at the college’s Cambridge and Doon campuses will support the development of new products and processes across a wide range of areas, including:

  • Advanced Sensors
  • Electronic Systems
  • Software
  • Light Manufacturing Production and Assembly
  • Prototype Production
  • 3D Printing
  • Materials

Source: blogs1.conestogac.on.ca

The Centre for Smart Manufacturing focuses on applied research for SMEs with limited resources for in-house research and development.  Students engaged in research projects have the opportunity to work with industry partners as they apply their skills and knowledge to real-world challenges.

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Kitchener wayfinding startup MappedIn snags big-name clients

Hongwei Liu, the company’s founder, has already landed Brookfield and Oxford properties. The Kitchener startup wants to become the leader in geographic information system (GIS)-like systems for indoor facilities

Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

Four years ago, Hongwei Liu was an undergraduate with an idea, who managed to score a 15-minute meeting with the general manager of a regional mall in Kitchener-Waterloo. Today, he’s 24 and employs 22 people.

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Ontario Partnering with Toyota Boshoku to Create 73 New Jobs in Elmira

Ontario is partnering with Toyota Boshoku Canada to invest in new technology and expand its Elmira manufacturing facility to create 73 new jobs. …

Source: news.ontario.ca

With just over $1 million in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Toyota Boshoku is investing in new equipment that will enhance productivity and quality control, while reducing costs. In addition, the company, which designs and manufactures interior components for vehicles such as seats and door trims, will be able to fill orders for products that were previously imported.

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Dragons’ Den holding auditions in Waterloo – Waterloo Record

Dragons’ Den is coming back to Waterloo Region in search of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Source: www.therecord.com

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How a Kitchener company could make your commute shorter

How would you like to drive down a busy street and hit every green light along the way? Kitchener, Ont.-based Miovision has created a technology that could do just that.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Miovision, a Kitchener, Ont. based company, has created a way to adjust an entire network of traffic lights in real time, according to real traffic conditions. The company just raised $30 million, much of which will be invested into new hardware that will connect intersections and allow for more fluid traffic flow.


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