Ian Cormack Palmer Smith | Biophysicist
Dr. Ian Smith is an accomplished biophysicist with more than four decades of experience. He accepted his most recent role, as the president of Innovative Biodiagnostics, in 2013. Specializing in the use of spectroscopic and informatics techniques to solve problems of medical importance, Dr. Smith is considered an expert in the field. In his current venture with Innovative Biodiagnostics, he is in pursuit of commercializing magnetic resonance-based diagnostics for colon cancer and metastasis of breast cancer.
In addition, Dr. Smith is the chairman of the Centre for Innovation Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC). This company specializes in image processing, 3D visualization, mechatronics design and systems design. The teams at CIMTEC develop, build and test clinical prototypes to help customers translate their medical imaging and digital pathology innovations into commercial products for clinical use.
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Manitoba with honors in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He continued at the institution to earned a Master of Science in physical chemistry a year later. In 1965, Dr. Smith earned a PhD in theoretical chemistry from Cambridge University. He has gone on to receive a DSc from the University of Stockholm, the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University and Cracow Polish Academy of Science. In the mid 1960s, Dr. Smith worked as a fellow with Stanford University. Before moving back to Canada, Dr. Smith worked as a research scientist with Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey. Over the next few decades, he worked for the National Research Council of Canada, served on multiple boards and taught as a adjunct professor for several universities.