Organization: National Research Council

AstraZeneca buys DSM’s Montreal facility

AstraZeneca has acquired the mothballed Montreal biologics manufacturing facility from DSM Biologics Inc — the second major investment the UK-based pharmaceutical firm has made in Montreal this year. AstraZeneca will begin re-commissioning the facility immediately and expects to begin full-scale production in 2009. Located adjacent to the National Research Council‘s Biotechnology Research Institute, it will…

NRC inks deal with Germany’s Helmholtz

The National Research Council (NRC) has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Germany’s Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with an explicit focus on renewable energy. The three-year agreement will see $8.4 million in cash and in-kind devoted to funding a select number of collaborative research projects in the areas of fuel cells, bio-fuels…

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…

NRC develops precise radio detector for ALMA

The National Research Council‘s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics has designed and built a radio detector for millimeter-wavelength uses that’s being hailed as the most sensitive and precise of its type in the world. Called Band 3, the radio receiver system is intended for use in the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope being built…

ProMetic strikes Brazilian licensing deal

Montreal’s ProMetic Life Sciences Inc has entered into a technology transfer and licensing agreement with Brazil’s Tecpar for the manufacture of a complex biopharmaceutical product for the South American market. The agreement combines a proprietary manufacturing process licensed from the National Research Council‘s Biotechnology Research Institute and ProMetic’s bioseparation process using Mimetic Legand technology. Prometic…

Xerox and NINT team for collaborative research

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) and the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) have entered a multi-year research collaboration to develop nanotechnology-based R&D with commercial potential. Billed as Canada’s first private-public nanotech research partnership, the collaboration will see the partners devote $4.5 million over three years to develop research teams that will establish targeted…

Group IV to develop solid state light bulb

Group IV Semiconductor Inc is developing a silicon-based light bulb that uses 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and lasts 20 years. The Ottawa-based firm launched the $9.1-million, three year project with $2.1 million in assistance from Sustainable Development Technologies Canada and $2.5 million from the EnCana Environmental Innovation Fund, with the remainder coming from…

NRC opens world’s first 900MHz NMR for solids

The National Research Council (NRC) officially opened a new $15-million National Ultrahigh Field NMR Facility for Solids in conjunction with the Univ of Ottawa. The facility – in operation since last September – is located on NRC’s Montreal Road campus in Ottawa and will be jointly operated by the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences and…

PainCeptor receives IRAP assistance

PainCeptor Pharma Corp has received $480,000 in funding from the Industrial Research Assistance Program to further develop its drug development program for pain-related conditions such as arthritis and cancer. The contribution agreement will be used to advance PainCeptor’s R&D for the design and synthesis of low molecular weight compounds as part of its ASIC 3…

TRRA receives $2.3 million in Industry Canada assistance

The Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA) has received $2.3 million over three years from Industry Canada. The funding will help TRRA in its role of aligning, mobilizing and exploiting the Greater Toronto region’s research capacity. TRRA is co-chaired by Dr John Evans, chair of Torstar, and the MaRS Discovery District and Gord Nixon, president and…