All workshops are included with the price of registration, no extra fees are required. Light refreshments will be served.

You’ve got an idea; Now what?
Torys LLP

Topics of discussion will include:
  • Anatomy of a start-up
    • Making the most of limited resources; finding and attracting talent; getting to proof-of-concept and prototype
  • Incorporating a company
    • Incorporation vs. unincorporation structure; shareholders' agreements; accounting needs
  • Partnering with others
    • Confidentiality; cross-licensing; joint ownership of IP
  • Finding financing
    • Bootstrapping; friends and family; angel investments; government grants
  • How to be friendly (attractive) to further investment
    • Series A through IPO; tax structures

You’ve got a start-up; Now what's your IP play
Torys LLP

Topics of discussion will include:
  • Contributing IP to a start-up (or keeping the IP personally)
    • Control of IP; founder(s') assignments and grant-back licenses; employee and contractor assignments
  • Why patent your innovation (and when to stop patenting)
    • Exclusionary rights granted by patents; term of patents; application deadlines and cost of obtaining patents
  • What makes an innovation patentable?
    • Novelty, non-obviousness, utility, subject matter
  • If you don't patent, will you still have protection? (hint: copyright and trade secrets)
    • Copyright, trade secrets, industrial designs
  • To patent or not to patent: the case studies of Twitter vs. Alibaba
    • First movers' advantage; patent valuation in an IPO

Torys LLP
Torys LLP is an international business law firm that works with entrepreneurs and innovators who need strategic, nimble and cost-effective advice to launch their products and maximize their market share. Our corporate lawyers advise on founder and shareholder agreements, tax issues, financing and partnership agreements. Torys’ dedication to excellence across practice areas and industries has resulted in an enviable record of experience in Canada and globally. Our patent lawyers and agents advise on strategy and are experienced in all stages of protecting your innovation, from securing patents to freedom to operate. Torys’ legal team keeps pace with your industry—from our North American base in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Montréal, and Halifax, we represent domestic, multinational, new-economy and traditional enterprises at every stage in development.

Careers in Mass Spectrometry
Tony Bristow
(On behalf of the British Mass Spectrometry Society)

For the mass spectrometrist, career pathways are very diverse. These can be in various industrial environments (both within and outside a scientific discipline), academia, with the instrument manufacturers and in many other areas of research. To illustrate the wide variety of career options, and debate the future requirements for the “expert” user, mass spectrometrists from diverse backgrounds will provide short presentations describing their career paths. This has been a very popular and successful workshop at previous IMSC meetings and again promises to deliver high impact and thought provoking discussions at IMSC 2016. We look forward to seeing you there. Download Flyer

Trent Conference on Mass Spectrometry Workshop
Prof. Travis Fridgen

The Trent Conference on Mass Spectrometry is a graduate student centred event that allows students to present their work to their peers in an informal setting. For 32 years the meeting has provided a rich educational and training experience for students in all areas of Mass Spectrometry. The 33rd installment will take place as a workshop at the IMSC. Program Now Available.

Key Dates

  • 2016-01-01: Registration Opens
  • 2016-01-01: Abstract Submissions Start
  • 2016-05-06: Abstract Submissions for Orals Closes (extended)
  • 2016-05-20: Abstract Submissions for Posters Closes (extended)
  • 2016-05-30: Early Registration End
  • 2016-08-20: Short Courses Start
  • 2016-08-21: Conference Starts