Organization: National Research Council

EMS receives CSA contract for new generation telescope

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a $5-million contract to EMS Technologies’ Space and Technology Group, Ottawa, for a key component of the $1.5-billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). EMS will design a fine guidance laser in partnership with COM DEV, Cambridge ON, allowing the JWST to measure positions of faint stars with considerable…

NRC and Hemptown to create new enzyme technology

Vancouver’s Hemptown Clothing Inc has entered into an R&D collaboration with the National Research Council’s Institute for Biological Sciences to develop a patentable enzyme technology process for hemp production The objective of the collaboration is to develop a new fibre technology for introduction into the market within three years. Hemptown plans to use the technology…

MetroPhotonics launches project with TPC support

Ottawa-based MetroPhotonics Inc has launched a $22.1-million project to further refine its nano-photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the telecommunications sector. The privately held firm — spun off in 2000 from the National Research Council’s Institute for Microstructural Sciences — received $7.7 million from Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) to support the pre-commercialization project, with the balance…

NRC and CIHR strike collaborative partnership

The National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are collaborating to create the NRC/CIHR Science and Technology Health Innovation Partnership. The initiative will fund three health research projects worth $3.1 million over the next three years: Laval Univ and NRC’s Industrial Materials Institute will conduct research into the convergence between…

Canada & Spain collaborate on three genomics projects

A scientific cooperation agreement between Genome Canada and Genoma Espana has led to three jointly funded research projects worth $17 million and aimed at placing the two nations at the international forefront of specific niche sectors. The projects involve the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI), Genome British Columbia and Genome Atlantic. The OGI project, led by…

Dow licenses NRC’s pathogen-fighting technology

Dow AgroSciences has obtained worldwide licensing rights from the National Research Council (NRC) to market technologies that reduce the risk of food-borne pathogens. The agreement gives the company exclusive rights to specific antibody technologies that are being developed under a 2001 collaborative agreement between Dow AgroSciences Canada and NRC’s Institute for Biological Sciences in Ottawa.…

Dow AgroSciences to market NRC technologies

Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis IN, will market antibody technologies developed under a 2001 collaboration agreement between its Canadian subsidiary and the National Research Council’s Institute for Biological Sciences. The licence agreement will see the technologies used to reduce the risk of food-borne pathogens by attacking them at the source without the use of traditional antibiotics. FMI:…

NRC launches multi-partner nanocomposite initiative

The National Research Council’s Industrial Materials Institute (IMI) has launched Canada’s first multi-partner R&D program for nanocomposites. The initiative — dubbed PNC Tech — will see $300,000 annually invested in R&D for polymer nanocomposites, miniscule layers of plastic with tiny amounts of clay sandwiched between them. The combination results in a new so-called supermaterial with…

NRC’s CBR named Sun Centre of Excellence

The National Research Council’s Canadian Bioinformatics Resource (CBR) has been selected as a Sun Centre of Excellence in Distributed Informatics, reflecting the Halifax-based facility’s long-standing relationship with Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc, Markham ON.The two organizations are creating a grid computing network powered by Sun technology, building upon CBR’s initial acquisition of Sun hardware and…

Nanotechnology institute names first staff members

The National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) – a joint venture between the National Research Council, Government of Alberta and the Univ of Alberta (U of A) – has appointed the first researchers to its staff. Six professors from the U of A have been cross-appointed giving them equal status at both organizations. And a professor…