Michael Szarka, PhD
Director, Commercial Development
P: 613-507-4700, ext. 109
Dr. Michael Szarka (PhD, University of Toronto) is a physical chemist and a respected university technology manager. He was instrumental in the launch and operation of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and previously was a Technology Manager at the Innovations Foundation, University of Toronto. During his tenure at U of T, Dr. Szarka played critical roles in the development of two of the university’s key startup companies, Biox Corp. and Opalux Inc. He also has expertise in the photonics and small business consulting sectors and is an experienced negotiator and policy adviser in the areas of intellectual property and licensing.
Dr. Szarka completed postdoctoral work at York University’s Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry. He is Chair of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) transactional metrics committee, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Society for Excellence in Technology Transfer (OnSETT).