Author: Mark Henderson

Strategic direction and a re-balancing of research types essential for improving Canada’s innovation performance – McDougall

Canada must re-balance public investments that currently overemphasize fundamental research and provide high-level direction to increase the uptake and application of innovation, including offering experiential learning and professional development for key players in the innovation ecosystem, says a former president of the National Research Council (NRC).

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Pharmaceutical R&D spending remains far below industry’s 10% commitment – PMPRB report

Another year of less-than-impressive R&D spending by the pharmaceutical industry has re-ignited the annual sparing match between industry and the organization that compiles the data. The Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB) reports that companies belonging to Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC – formerly Rx&D) spent $770 million on R&D in 2016 or 4.9% of its $15.6 billion in sales – a ratio unchanged from 2015.

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Mining groups submit proposal for supercluster funding

Six groups in the mining sector from across Canada have submitted a full proposal to participate in the final leg of the Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI), accumulating commitments of $700 million – $450 million in cash and $244 million in-kind. The consortium represents 162 partners in industry, government and academia including the Centre for Excellence…

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Stéphane Renou

FPInnovations, a not-for-profit doing R&D in the forestry sector, has appointed Stéphane Renou as its new president and CEO effective this month. Renou holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has eight patents to his name. He will replace Pierre Lapointe, who held the position from December 2008. Prior to joining the Pointe-Claire QC-based organization,…

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NEXT Canada programs to support 100 high-potential start-ups

Up to 100 start-ups in Southern Ontario will be able to access seed funding under NEXT Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneurs can get up to $30,000 each in matching funding through a $3.6 million investment by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in NEXT Canada, a not-for-profit mentoring, training and…

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Feds announce $155 million to help natural resources sector address climate change

The federal government has announced a $155-million program to help the natural resources sectors address climate change by developing and deploying clean technologies that will lower their notoriously high greenhouse gas emissions. The funding under the new Clean Growth Program (CGP) is aimed at the energy, mining and forestry sectors for pre-commercial projects between technology readiness levels 3 to 9.

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Dr Elissa Strome

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has appointed a new executive director to head its recently funded Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Dr Elissa Strome of the Univ of Toronto will join the CIFAR team effective January 2, 2018, announced Dr Alan Bernstein, CIFAR president and CEO. The $125-million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy funded under…

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Ontario creates network for research and innovation in vehicle technologies

Ontario is positioning itself as a destination for innovation and research around cars of the future with the creation of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN). On November 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand in Stratford ON to launch the network and announce funding of $80 million over five years . Working with the…

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