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LES Toronto Chapter: When Technology Ventures License University-Owned IP

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: OSLER
100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place Suite 6200
Toronto, Ontario  M5X 1B8
Contact: Karen Temple

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LES Toronto Chapter presents:

When Technology Ventures License University-Owned IP

Accessing IP Rights, Capital & People to Build and Scale


Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m


100 King Street West,
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200
Toronto, ON
M5X 1B8


Next generation technology ventures are often based on intellectual property created at a university or public research institute.  As a result, venture founders typically need commercial access rights to this IP.

Negotiating a fair and reasonable IP deal can properly position the venture out of the gate.  After all bigger challenges lie ahead in accessing capital and recruiting the right people to build business value and scale.

Join our panel for an interactive discussion on:

  • What are fair and reasonable IP access deal terms and how do these differ across technology sectors? How do these terms compare to common practices in US universities?
  • US capital is flowing north, what challenges do ventures face in delivering expected returns?  How best to recruit people with commercial know-how and develop those capabilities in Canada faster?

A light lunch will be served. 


Regular LES Member Registration Fee: $25 CAD 

Regular Non-Member Registration Fee: $35 CAD 

LES Student Member: $20 CAD

 Fees are processed in USD.  


Kirsten Leute
Senior VP, Osage University Partners, Philadelphia, USA

As SVP at OUP, Kirsten is responsible for the relationships with the more than 90 academic institutions that are partnered with the fund, engaging potential new partner institutions, and enhancing and creating value-add programs for the partnered academic institutions Kirsten is an experienced technology transfer professional, spending 19 years. Prior to joining OUP, she was Associate Director at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing. Over her career at Stanford, she managed portfolios of inventions across various technology areas.

Alejandro Tocigl
CEO, Miroculus Inc. San Francisco, USA

Alejandro is CEO of Miroculus.  Miroculus delivers assay flexibility and automation capacity in an affordable digital microfluidics platform, which enables seamless workflow integration from novel molecular protocols to data analytics. Prior to joining Miroculus, he co-founded F4F, a biotech company focused on transforming organic waste into high-value protein using insects. F4F is now the largest insect production plant in Latin America.  In addition, he has had executive and board positions in a number of different companies while working at a Venture Capital Fund in Latin America. 

Chad Bayne 
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Chad is a partner at Osler and practises corporate and securities law advising clients on a variety of transactions including acquisitions and divestitures, VC and private equity financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances and IPOs. Founder and Co-Chair of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Practice Group, he advises some of the most notable early, growth and late-stage companies operating across all tech subsectors, the VC and growth equity funds that finance them and some of the largest acquirors of tech companies in Canada, the US and around the world.



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The Toronto chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.

A $5.00 USD cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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