Commercialization Manager, University of Toronto

Karen Temple has a unique vantage point from 20+ years experience working in different organizations along innovation value chain, from academia to technology companies including start-up ventures and large corporations.   Over the years, she’s been responsible for technology and business development, including securing early-stage public/ private investment to finance growth opportunities, and developing and implementing strategies to validate technology/product/market fit.  More recently, Karen joined the University of Toronto where she works with leading global researchers developing technology solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.  She has a PhD in Chemistry, has published numerous peer-reviewed papers; is a co-inventor on 2 patents, and serves as on the Board of the Licensing Executive Society USA & Canada.