M. Cynthia Goh is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She is the founder of the Impact Centre, an institute that aims to bring science to society, and was the inaugural Academic Director of the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship. Her research interest centers on the interactions and properties of very large molecules, which impact nanotechnology, biomaterials, and bio diagnostics. Her other passions are the translation of scientific discovery to technology/products that benefit society, the training of scientist-entrepreneurs, and technology development for low resource settings. Her research has led to 8 science-based companies, which she has co-founded with her students, including Axela (medical diagnostics based on diffractive optics), Vive Crop Protection (nanotechnology in agriculture), Pueblo Science (non-profit for science literacy in low resource communities worldwide) and Phantin (nanomaterials coatings for environmental issues). In 2003 she originated Entrepreneurship101, an introduction for students who want to be entrepreneurs, which expanded to thousands registered annually.
In 2010 she founded Techno, an intensive training program for scientists/engineers who wish to create science-based companies; in its 10 years, this program nucleated and nurtured 150+ student-led start-ups based on university research. Her current work involves applications of nanomaterials to health and environmental issues and building community-based innovation systems in Canada and the Philippines. Follow Cynthia and her colleague and co-founder of Pueblo Science, Mayrose Sandoval, as they walk us through Cynthia’s journey. See how Cynthia’s passions and skills have led her to head a project on lighting up remote villages and developing a virtual library system for remote communities on this episode of “Making it in Canada.”
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