Organization: McGill Univ

CANARIE upgrades network, funds new projects.

CANARIE Inc has announced a critical upgrade of its national research network that will dramatically increase network capacity 10-fold. The upgrade was achieved with the installation of ethernet routers from Juniper Network Inc, Sunnyvale CA, allowing researchers to exchange and analyze large data volumes more quickly. The upgrade was unveiled at CANARIE’s Summit 09 conference…

MSBi Valorisation introduces new management team

MSBi Valorisation (MSBiV) has selected a new management team to boost its pre-seed and seed-stage commercialization services to its member institutions. The new management team, led by Didier Leconte (president and GM), is introducing a wide range of support and services to members McGill Univ, the Univ of Sherbrooke, Bishop’s Univ and their affiliated research…

McGill spin-off secures $3.5 million in financing

DFT Microsystems Canada Inc has secured $3.5 million in financing from a group of venture capitalists to move into full manufacture of its second-generation instruments and prepare for future growth. The funding was provided by Fondaction, iNovia and Zon Capital. The Montreal-based firm develops testing equipment for high-speed semiconductor device interfaces at a fraction of…

Sequenom certifies McGill genome innovation centre

San Diego-based Sequenom Inc has certified McGill Univ and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre as its first centre of excellence for genotyping technology. The certification will ensure high quality data from genotyping applications using Sequenom’s MassARRAY systems, two of which are located at McGill. Genome Quebec will soon begin testing for qualification of Sequenom’s methylation services….

iNovia inks agreements with Alberta institutions

iNovia Capital — formerly MSBi Capital — is implementing its strategic plan to expand beyond its Quebec base with a series of collaborative agreements with several academic institutions, primarily in Alberta. The seed and early-stage venture capital fund recently launched its $107-million iNovia Investment Fund II LP and has signed cooperation agreements with AVAC Ltd,…

McGill launches record-setting fundraising campaign

McGill Univ has kicked off the largest university fundraising campaign in Canadian history with a $500-million goal over five years. Its aim is to move McGill into the ranks of the world’s best universities and enhance its position as a leading research institution. In the three years prior to its public launch, the campaign has…

CFI announces Leaders Opportunity Fund awards

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the winners of its Leaders Opportunity Fund. Of the $39 million in awards, $32.6 million went to 207 research projects. The remaining $6.5 million was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund to assist institutions with costs associated with the new projects. Ontario received the largest share ($14.2…

McGill Univ’s health research institute moves to BRI

The research institute encompassing McGill Univ‘s five teaching hospitals is moving into the National Research Council‘s Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI). The agreement between BRI and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is being hailed as a first between a university and a federal agency. RI-MUHC will benefit from BRI’s modern facilities…

CMC Microsystems opens second collaboratory centre

CMC Microsystems has officially opened the second of four specialized laboratories that comprise the $23-million National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. Located in Winnipeg at the Univ of Manitoba, the $1.9-million Advanced RF Systems Laboratory will be accessible to researchers across Canada and beyond over CA*net 4, the high-speed research network owned and operated by…

GrowthWorks invests $9.5 million in high-tech firms

GrowthWorks Canadian Fund is investing $9.5 million in three high-technology firms. The latest investments are in: Advanced Glazings Ltd ($2.5 million), Sydney NS, a manufacturer of insulated glass units; SaskAlta Base Oils Corp ($2 million), Calgary, which recovers and refines hydrocarbon resources from feedstock; and, Viron Therapeutics Inc, London ON ($5 million), an early stage…