Our Approach

We apply an adaptive, holistic, and integrated approach to problem-solving that matches academic expertise to partner and societal problem.

From multi-year, consortium-driven R&D projects to on-demand technical support, UBC STAR supports partner organizations ranging from startups and small-to-medium size enterprises to large multi-national firms.

Our research teams and partners have direct access to specialized lab facilities, advanced technology and equipment, including rapid prototyping, 3D scanning and modelling, and blast and ballistics impact testing.

Bringing partners together

UBC is a globally connected university with over 300 academic partnerships around the world. We work across disciplines and boundaries to solve problems and share new discoveries.  We assemble all-star teams from across both UBC campuses, along with our extended international research network to co-create shared research agendas and pursue innovative solutions with our research partners.  Learn more about our Western Canadian research collaboration to develop new wearable technologies for the Canadian military and first responders. Full story

Transforming ideas into solutions

We help organizations mobilize new knowledge and translate it into meaningful societal and economic impact.  Our ability to convene expertise and catalyze solutions helps companies adapt, diversify and de-risk their investment in R&D.  The ripple-effect of the discoveries made in our labs and across our network are making a real difference – like how the lining of a helmet designed to prevent concussion can be applied to prevent hip injury in aging seniors.  Learn more about our partnership with Armourgel and Imperial College London here

Helping entrepreneurs

Our technical services team works directly with entrepreneurs and small businesses to visualize, design and test new products and technologies.  Our rapid prototyping capabilities and skilled technicians have helped many early-stage entrepreneurs launch their inventions.  From computer-simulated models to advanced 3D-printed prototypes, our UBC STAR Hub provides an open environment for makers to manipulate, test and mimic mass-produced parts.  Here’s how we helped a former student refine his prototype of the world’s first portable wireless oxygen-sensing device. Full story