The Innovations & Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto (U of T) helps build successful partnerships between industry and the U of T research community and also manages the university’s portfolio of intellectual property. Derek has held previous senior roles at Western University, where he served as Director of the Office of Research Development and Services and the Office of Research Ethics. He has also worked at a large biotechnology funding organization and a boutique consultancy specializing in biotechnology. Derek completed his PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto as well as a M.Sc. and BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo.