From MedRIST to UHN Business Innovation
MedRIST (Medical Research Integrated Solutions and Tools), was a part of UHN’s Research Solutions & Services (RSS).Our scope of work was to provide support services to academic institutions, research organizations and life science companies by leveraging and engaging the existing talent pool that UHN possesses. In short, MedRIST was established to transfer our knowledge and best practices to external clients in academic, clinical and industry settings.
In the past year, as RSS was integrated into core UHN functions, MedRIST became a part of the Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC) unit, which works closely with researchers to commercialize their research efforts. Broadly, TDC does this by managing the steps required to create and protect new intellectual property in order to advance it towards licensing: from agreements to patenting.
Since then, we have worked to streamline and assist researchers to continue the process of advancing their work after their intellectual property has been established and protected by the TDC team. While our work varies from one researcher to another, our work falls strictly within two pillars:
UHN is the largest research hospital in Canada, comprising of the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, UHN engages in the full spectrum of healthcare research, spanning from basic to clinical research and medical technology discoveries. RSS was established in 2000 as an operational support infrastructure to enable research program activities of scientists across UHN. RSS supports over 1,200 researchers and manages over 991,000 sq. ft. of research space.