Kim Johnstone, PhD

Program Director

Kim has built a career at the nexus of innovation and industry, and possesses both strong academic credentials and a decade’s worth of experience in guiding researchers and innovators through the commercialization process.

Most recently Kim worked as the senior technology transfer and industry liaison officer with Synapse—the technology transfer office for the University of Prince Edward Island—where she helped foster connections between researchers and industry through the development of research contracts, identification of grant opportunities, market analysis, technology assessments, and  the review and development of commercialization strategies. She also gained particular expertise around intellectual property, having worked on over 400 industry-related contracts, including licensing agreements involving multi-nationals and UPEI spin-off companies.

Kim took on similar business development roles during her time at Genome Atlantic, while also overseeing large-scale applied research projects with industry leaders such as Cargill and Cooke Aquaculture, and gained further experience developing promising technologies serving on the Springboard Atlantic Innovation Mobilization program’s steering committee.

At Natural Products Canada, Kim is responsible for our Commercialization Programs, which includes Executive Talent, Proof of Concept, and Go-to-Market components. In this role she manages the oversight and implementation of the programs, including working with clients in the application process, reviewing and assessing progress, and liaising with the regional directors on opportunities and challenges.

Kim has a BSc Honours in Biology from Memorial University, a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, and has published several academic papers in peer-reviewed journals.