Cynthia Goh, Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto: Nanomaterials: from fundamental science to applications and impact
Why are we fascinated with the nanoscale? In this talk I will answer that question from the perspective of my lab, in terms of the challenges as well as opportunities that are offered. I will discuss perspectives on the commercialization of scientific knowledge and why it is important in our impact on society, particularly with regards to the global community.
M. Cynthia Goh is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She is the founder of the Impact Centre, an institute that aims to bring science to society, and was the inaugural Academic Director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship. Her research interest centers on the interactions and properties of very large molecules, which has impact on nanotechnology, biomaterials and biodiagnostics. Other passions are: the translation of scientific discovery to technology/products that benefit society; the training of scientist-entrepreneurs; and the development of technology for low resource settings. Her research has led to 8 science-based companies, which she has co-founded with her students, including: Axela (medical diagnostics based on diffractive optics), Vive Crop Protection (nanotechnology in agriculture), Pueblo Science (non-profit for science literacy in low resource communities worldwide) and Phantin (nanomaterials coatings for environmental issues). In 2003 she originated Entrepreneurship101, an introduction for students who want to be entrepreneurs, which later moved to MaRS and expanded to thousands registered annually. In 2010 she founded Techno, an intensive training program for scientists/engineers who want to create science-based companies; in its 10 years, this program nucleated and nurtured 150+ student-led start-ups based on university research. Professor Goh has given invited lectures on her scientific research results, on their translation to useful products, and on the process of innovation and the training of scientist-entrepreneurs.
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