Organization: National Research Council

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…

NRC launches $10-million nutraceuticals program

The National Research Council (NRC) has rolled out another piece of its cluster and community-based innovation strategy with a $10-million nutraceuticals research program. The investment over five years is being made in the NRC’s Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon. Initial participants in the research program include the Saskatchewan Nuturaceuticals Network, Univ of Saskatchewan and Bioriginal…

Neuroscience research given $5.5-million boost

The Brain Repair Centre, a multidisciplinary research collaboration based in Atlantic Canada, has received $5.5 million in funding to develop stem cell lines from adult sources for use to combat health afflictions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. The project will add to the growing concentration of neuroscience research in…

NRC to build two new aerospace facilities

The National Research Council (NRC) has designed and built a pilot-scale facility to study what is being described as a quantum leap in aerodynamic test techniques. The Ottawa-based facility is intended to help commercialize the NRC’s technology and builds on a recent licensing agreement between NRC and Toronto’s Ailios Engineering Corp. The technology represents a…

World Computer Congress coming to Montreal

National Research Council president Dr Arthur Carty and CGI chairman & CEO Serge Godin will be the co-chairs of the World Computer Congress in Montreal this summer. Sponsored by UNESCO, the August 25-30 event is held every two years and aims to strengthen relationships between researchers and industry in the field of information technology (IT).…

NRC expands astrophysics facility in BC

The National Research Council (NRC) has opened a $10-million extension of its laboratory complex of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA) near Victoria. The extension is part of the NRC’s strategy to promote industrial innovation and economic growth on Southern Vancouver Island. The announcement was made at the Vancouver Island Regional Innovation Roundtable last month.The…

Ionalytics spins out of National Research Council

The National Research Council (NRC) has spun out Ionalytics Corp, with the assistance of $2 million in venture capital from Toronto’s Genesys Capital Partners Inc. Ionalytics has licensed NRC’s high field symmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry technology, developed at the Institute for National Measurement Standards in collaboration with MDS Sciex. The firm will develop chemical…

IatroQuest receives $4.8 million in financing

IatroQuest Corp has received a $4.8-million private placement to further develop its Bio-Alloy technology platform for the detection of biological and chemical agents. The financing was provided by Investissement Desjardins ($1.5 million), Business Development Bank of Canada ($1.5 million) T2C2 Bio 2000 ($1 million) and several private investors ($800,000). IatroQuest is a spin-off of the…

DynaMotive Energy designing larger biofuel plant

DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp is accelerating developing of its pyrolysis (BioOil) production plants with the objective of adopting a modular design for boosting plant capacity. The new plant design will allow the conversion of 100 tonnes per day of biomass to energy for use in power plants geared for alternative fuel sources. The Vancouver-based firm…