In this issue of Spark, we look at how four MSFHR-supported researchers have transformed made-in-BC ideas into products and policies that are improving health worldwide. Their experiences reveal British Columbia’s tremendous potential for research with global impact, as well as the myriad challenges awaiting researchers who wish to bring locally produced innovations to market or clinical practice.
The story is told in five chapters, each examining a different aspect of the journey from idea to impact. We look at the foundational work of proving a concept and attracting investors. We learn what is needed to navigate the mundane but essential regulatory approval process. We explore different approaches to informing practice and policy. Finally, we review the BC-specific advantages that help to support researchers at every stage.
It’s a story that demonstrates the scope of what BC’s research community can achieve and asks how we can do even better.