Dr. Morteza Jeyhani
Manager, Innovation and Commercialization

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Dr. Morteza Jeyhani

Dr. Morteza began his academic journey by specializing in Mechanical Engineering during his undergraduate studies. This laid the foundation for his pursuit of a Master of Applied Science at Concordia University, where he delved into biomedical engineering-related topics. Following this, he embarked on a Ph.D. program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Throughout his time in graduate studies and during a postdoctoral fellowship, he served as a scientist in the field of biomedical engineering, playing an active role in advancing innovative technologies. This diverse background in both science and engineering has not only enhanced his skill set but also positioned him as a versatile professional capable of bridging the gap between scientific exploration and technological innovation.

In 2020, after completing his Ph.D., his professional journey took a distinctive turn as he entered a non-traditional postdoctoral fellowship, where he focused on developing and commercializing a product for early cancer diagnosis, emphasizing the isolation of extracellular vesicles.

To refine his entrepreneurial skills, he actively participated in Dalhousie University's Lab2Market-Health Cohort program, receiving extensive training in product commercialization. Further honing this expertise, he engaged in the VOLT program at Toronto Metropolitan University's Innovation Boost Zone, gaining valuable hands-on experience in applying entrepreneurial knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Simultaneously, he took the initiative to assemble a team of multidisciplinary scientists, leveraging their collective expertise to propel the product's development. Their collaborative efforts extended to the drafting of an NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I) proposal, resulting in the successful securing of $125,000 in funding for the project's advancement.

In 2021, he took on the position of Chief Technology Officer at Sparked Inc., an early-stage startup, where they engineered a handheld device to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease through the analysis of saliva samples.

This diverse educational and professional trajectory uniquely positions Morteza to contribute effectively to interdisciplinary initiatives at the intersection of innovation, technology, and commercialization.

In his current role at the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), he is responsible for supporting various initiatives aimed at fostering innovation and collaboration. This includes providing assistance to Seed Fund teams in their applications to the Lab2Market Oceans program, guiding Seed Fund teams in securing Seed Fund Extension Grants, and facilitating the application process for NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants.

Additionally, his role extends to facilitating partnerships and placements for Industrial Postdoctoral Fellows. His efforts are directed towards expanding opportunities for OFI researchers, allowing them to extend the reach of their work and enhance the impact of their research through meaningful collaborations with global industry partners.

Dr. Morteza Jeyhani