Organization: National Research Council

Updated national building energy code released

The 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings has been updated with 245 changes to accommodate new technologies and construction practices. The new Energy Code was prepared by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes with technical support from the National Research Council and Natural Resources Canada. The code must be adopted by…

Historic NRC facility gets $8.5-million energy upgrade

The National Research Council has hired Ameresco Canada to undertake an $8.5-million energy and renewal program at its historic laboratory facilities at 100 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. The program on the 32,800 sq-m facility will include lighting system upgrades, improved indoor environmental controls, heat recovery and fume hood renewal. Annual utility savings are expected to…

NINT receives three microscopes worth $15M

The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) has received three new electron microscopes as part of a partnership between the federal and Alberta governments. The microscopes, built by Hitachi High Technologies, expands NINT’s electron microscope capacity and capabilities, enhancing its ability to assist companies in using nanotechnology for products and processes. Funding was provided by Western…

NRC renews MOU with France’s OSEO

The National Research Council (NRC) and OSEO (France’s small and medium enterprises support public agency) have renewed a memorandum of understanding first signed by the two countries’ prime ministers in 2008. The MOU will see OSEO and its Canadian counterpart — NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program — fuel industrial growth by fostering partnerships between French…

AbCelex licenses NRC platform technology

Toronto’s AbCelex Technologies Inc has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the National Research Council‘s Institute for Biological Sciences to access its Pentabody platform technology. The privately-held firm will pay NRC an upfront payment, milestone payments and royalties based on future product sales for the technology, which will be used for all of its…

Toronto virtual brain surgery training centre opens

The fourth in a series of seven virtual neurosurgery training centres has opened in Toronto utilizing high-definition haptic hardware technology developed by the National Research Council. The facility will be located at Toronto Western Hospital‘s Krembil Neuroscience Centre in collaboration with the University Health Network‘s International Centre for Tele- simulation and Innovation in Medical Education.…

Open Text partners with NRC on content analytics

Open Text Corp is partnering with the National Research Council to incorporate the latter’s content analytics capabilities into the Waterloo-based firm’s enterprise content management (ECM) suite of products. The intellectual property licensing agreement will see NRC collaborate with Open Text’s Montreal R&D Centre, which was bolstered by the acquisition of Nsetin Technologies in 2010. The…

Canada & Israel strengthen S&T collaboration

More than 50 representatives from Israel and Canada met in Toronto November 29th to explore potential collaboration in the areas of water, clean energy and neuroscience. The National Research Council hosted the event which will be followed by a second innovation summit in Israel in 2011….

Metabolix sets up R&D operations in Saskatoon

Metabolix Inc has established operations in Saskatoon at the National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) to tap into the region’s R&D expertise and infrastructure. The Cambridge MA-based developer of bio-based plastics, fuels and chemicals will locate at PBI’s Industrial Partnership Facility — a research incubator that opened in 2002 and now houses 12 companies.…

NRC and Bell extend R&D collaboration

The National Research Council (NRC) and Bell Helicopter have signed a 10-year research framework agreement that will streamline the process of establishing fee-for-service and collaborative R&D projects between the two organizations. NRC and Bell (a subsidiary of Providence RI-based Textron Inc) will continue joint R&D on composite materials for aircraft structures and flight testing of…