Organization: National Research Council

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…

NSERC opens first regional office in Moncton

Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) has opened the first of five planned regional offices to provide the granting agency with a direct presence in Atlantic Canada. Dr Yves Gagnon has been seconded from the Univ of Moncton to lead the Moncton NB office, which is co-located with the National Research Council in Parc Scientifique…

NRC commercialization centres re-announced

Industry Canada is re-announcing six National Research Council (NRC) commercialization centres and is positioning some of them as new models for public-private partnership. Funding comes from a variety of federal sources including the NRC itself and Industry Canada’s regional economic development agencies. The centres are: Aluminium Technology Centre in Chicoutimi ($57 million), Photonics Fabrication Centre…

Laborium signs pact with NRC’s BRI

Laborium Biopharma Inc and the National Research Council’s Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI) have entered a strategic alliance to provide services for the manufacturing and packaging of clinical lots of biological products according to cGMP standards. The alliance is part of a larger initiative to develop a cGMP biomanufacturing and training centre around BRI expertise and…

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 Berlin institute to conduct stroke research

The National Research Council’s Institute for Biological Sciences has entered a collaborative agreement with the Institute of Molecular Pharmacology in Berlin to establish a team of researchers to explore new ways of preventing and managing stroke. The research agreement will see researchers employ genomics and proteomics to follow changes of genes in a diseased state.…

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…