TransferTech

OUR

MISSION

To commercialize the inventions resulting from research work of the Université de Sherbrooke.

OUR

VISION

Be the preferred partner for the commercialization of search results.

OUR

VALUES

Commitment

Agility

Efficiency

Business sense

OUR

COMMITMENT

Demonstrate our leadership in the technological transfert field by participating in the entrepreneurial and scientific ecosystem.

  • We link the needs of the industry to our inventors’ ground-breaking technological inventions.
  • We are constantly looking for opportunities to offer technological solutions and thus create value for the business community of the greater Estrie region, greater Montreal, and the province of Quebec.

A key innovation player, TransferTech Sherbrooke is a value creator.

Our Team

A dynamic and multidisciplinary team ready to answer your questions!

President and CEO

Successful bilingual entrepreneur, manager and investor in venture capital companies, Michel has more than twenty years of experience in starting up technological companies, with tangible results during his career.

Leader, Michel excels in creating values and in valorizing enterprises with his capacity of challenging and accompanies entrepreneurs in their business growth, product innovation, process optimization, operational efficiency, intellectual property and human resources management.

Michel is also recognized for his relational and management skills, his intellectual ability to analyze complex situations, his search for constructive solutions and the surpassing of business objectives, his tolerance for risk and his decision-making.

Legal Advisor

Member of the Barreau du Québec, Valérie-Claude has added a certificate in philosophy and a master’s degree in Common Law and Transnational Law to her civil law formation.

Founder and Director of the Clinique Juridique Juripop de l’Estrie, lecturer, entrepreneur and consultant in territory development, Valérie-Claude now puts her expertise and dynamism to the benefit of TransferTech.

Through her rigor and her creativity, she ensures the completeness of the various legal documents while promoting the quality of business relations with the various commercial and institutional partners.

Involved in her community and passionate by business, Valérie-Claude is particularly proud to contribute to the valorization of the technologies from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Project Director

Generalist having a passion for Management and Project Management, Josianne is a graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke in engineering and MBA co-op program. Over the past 20 years, she has put her skills and knowledge to various sectors of industry (automotive, medical, transportation). Versatile and with a good understanding of operational and strategic issues, she ensures a close connection between business partners and research teams to maximize value in each project.

Project Director

Patrice has more than 12 years of experience in biotechnology and life science. Holder of a doctorate from the Université de Sherbrooke, he has worked more than six years at Tranzyme Pharma Inc. as Responsible for the development of screening and preclinical validation programs for the compounds of Tranzyme’s R&D portfolio. Since 2012, he is part of the Pharmacology Institute of Sherbrooke (IPS) as Coordinator where he is in charge of scientific animation and scientific support to members by developing networking activities at UdeS and multidisciplinary research projects.

Moreover, Patrice is actively involved in the development of research collaborations and partnerships between IPS research members and various life science companies. Newly recruited at TransferTech, Patrice is in charge of the development of life sciences projects as Valorization Director.

Project Manager

Soraya Mahiout has been working in the field of technology transfers since January 2010. She has also worked in the technical-commercial field as Technical Director at Novartis Agro Services S.A. – Plant Protection, and as Project Manager for Research and Development at Les Technologies Elcotech Inc.

Soraya holds an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences, a Master’s degree in Advanced Studies from the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, and another Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Through her professional experience and university-level training, Soraya has developed skills in technology transfers, intellectual property, research and analysis, writing, technological watch, and project management.

Administration Coordinator

France is known for her sense of fairness and her organizational skills in following up the various files assigned to her. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke as well as a law degree from the École du Barreau du Québec. She has worked in the commercial, banking, and legal fields, and has held various positions at the Université de Sherbrooke. France has been contributing her qualities and knowledge to SOCPRA’s team since its inception.

Technology Transfer Auxiliary

Audrey is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws with a Masters in Life Sciences and she is also working on obtaining her Juris Doctor. Furthermore, she participated in the co-op program and thus, joined Transfertech Sherbrooke’s team in February 2018. She was a research assistant in the Summer of 2017 and she has been a teacher’s assistant since Fall 2016. She will be an articling student at Robic in 2020.

Recipient of several awards and scholarships, she experienced a humanitarian trip to Peru, took part in various student life associations and actively volunteered throughout high school and cegep. Audrey clearly demonstrates an ability to learn quickly and efficiently and enjoys a good challenge. You will promptly discover her dedication and professionalism.

Intern

Justin is currently completing the final year of the Droit-MBA program at the Université de Sherbrooke.

His internship at TransferTech allows him to better understand the functioning and the role of companies developing and valorizing university technologies. Also, this internship allows him to know various innovative companies. His role is mainly to support the team through the operational changes currently underway.

Justin is a member of the Vert & Or football team of the Université de Sherbrooke.

BOARD MEMBERS
VP and Secretary-Treasurer

Senior Investment Advisor – Innovation

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Thomas Martinuzzo joined the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in September 2016 as Senior Investment Advisor – Innovation. Thomas has worked in the field of innovation since 2006. He held several positions at Gestion Univalor, s.e.c, where he notably led the team of professionals who commercialize physical sciences and engineering inventions from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and affiliated hospital research centres. Mr. Martinuzzo also founded eValorix.com, a web platform that commercializes digital tools arising out of public research. He also served on the board of directors of several start-up companies (Bâton Simulations inc. and Ortho Regenerative Technologies inc.) and is currently a director of Castor Optics Inc.

LUC E. MORISSET
Chair

President, IC Cultures Since the early days of his career, Luc E. Morisset, Eng, MScA, has been immersed in the worlds of innovation management and intellectual property. He has been providing advice and assistance to entrepreneurs, researchers, research institutions, and inventors at various stages of the innovation process for nearly 30 years. Author of one of the first French publications for general readership to guide inventors along the tortuous path of getting an idea to the market, he played a role in the creation of Univalor, a company dedicated to the promotion of the Université de Montréal and its affiliated institutions. In addition to teaching innovation management at the École de technologie supérieure (ETS) and working as an instructor in the MBA program of UQAM’s ESG, Mr. Morisset is a certified intellectual property expert (Adriq/RCTi), certified instructor (CPMT), and certified professional coach (ICF Member).

JEAN-MAURICE PLOURDE
Board member

Corporate Director Mr. Plourde acts as an advisor with regard to innovation and technology transfers, and as a mentor for entrepreneurs in the life sciences and health technologies sector. He has more than 40 years of experience in planning scientific and technological developments, in strategic management consulting involving innovation, as well as in financing innovative projects for biotech SMEs. He is Past-President of the CQVB’s (Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies) Board of Directors and the Fonds Bio-Innovation fund. He previously served as CEO of these two organizations that play a role at the start of the innovation phase, encouraging Quebec SMEs from the bio-industry sector to innovate, first by supporting their efforts in the development of technology transfers, and second by providing seed funding to technology-based biotech companies for the purposes of demonstrating the technical feasibility of their project and validating their business model. Mr. Plourde is an active member of several organizations dedicated to technological and industrial development in Quebec and has served on several boards of emerging technology companies and organizations, in particular, serving as President of the Association québécoise des bio-industries (now BioQuébec) from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Plourde is an economist by training and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations.

Board Member

Ghyslain Goulet has more than 25 years of experience in strategic coaching with executives of large companies, SMEs and economic development. Renowned for understanding the stakes and the needs of his clients, he has accomplished the mandates of accompanying hundreds of companies during his career.

He began his career in the manufacturing sector before assuming the economic development direction for the Memphrémagog region from 1992 to 2010. During this period he gained extensive experience and skills in planning And the development of industrial parks, strategies for the prospecting of companies, the development of tools for the promotion and positioning of regions and the realization of economic missions abroad. From 2003 to 2005, he assumed the position of President of the Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec.

In 2010, he founded A + Stratégies, a consulting firm specializing in investment projects for subsidiaries of foreign companies in Quebec. Since then, its interventions have led to the conclusion of more than 250 million foreign investments in Quebec and Canada with major corporations.

In 2016, he accepted new challenges by assuming the position of Vice President of Financial Affairs at the Accelerator of Creation of Technological Enterprises (ACET) of the University of Sherbrooke, an organization with which he assumed the functions of the advisor and coach since 2012. Since 2011, ACET has supported the start-up of more than 60 technology companies. In January 2017, he will assume the position of President and CEO of this organization.

Board Member

Josette-Renée Landry is the Vice President, Business Development for Mitacs, a not-for-profit private research organization.  Since joining Mitacs in 2010, Josette’s focus has been to facilitate partnerships between university researchers, industry, and the public sector.  Through collaborations with other research funding organizations, she also helps to promote innovation across Canada and beyond.

During her graduate studies, Josette co-founded a consulting firm providing bioinformatics services to the Vancouver biotechnology sector. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Terry Fox Labs at the University of British Columbia in 2003, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge. Josette also holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and has served on a diverse roster of academic, industry, and research committees

Board Member

PRESIDENT – CONCEPTROMEC

Stéphane Bégin is president and owner of Conceptromec, a firm specialized in the design and manufacturing of automated equipment for the automotive sealing field for more than 25 years. Internationally recognized, Conceptromec stands out from the competition with its production technologies and innovation

Board Member

Jean Nicolas Dupéré is currently a partner in a corporate finance consulting firm, Finance Avenue, where he brings his experience of over twenty years as an entrepreneur and as a manager in various business sectors. Over the past few years, he has held positions as Executive Director, Economic Development Advisor and Senior Director of Corporate Finance at the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Jean Nicolas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Certificate in International Business from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

ANCHOR IN QUEBEC, TURNED WORLDWIDE

The mandate to commercialize the inventions of the researchers from the Université de Sherbrooke led TransferTech Sherbrooke to turn to new markets and develop business models that matched the caliber of our inventors’ technologies.

While consolidating its position in the Quebec market, TransferTech does not hesitate to look beyond the borders of our province. Thus, TransferTech intends to be able to get the most out of the commercial sector to promote the technologies of our professors, students and researchers and thereby allow the University of Sherbrooke to increase its reputation across the globe.

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