Organization: Univ of Alberta

WD supports U of A-developed lipid-to-hydrocarbon technology

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $970,000 to a pilot project at the Univ of Alberta for converting waste agricultural materials into fuels and other chemicals. The funding will be combined with an $892,000 commitment from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, with the intention of seeking private investment within two years and establishing a…

Partners invest $20M in livestock genomics research

Genome Alberta is leading a group of funding partners on two large-scale livestock genomics projects. A $12.4-million project led by researchers at the Univ of Alberta, Univ of Saskatchewan and PigGen Canada will use genomics to help reduce the impact of two of the most common diseases in commercial pig production — Porcine Circovirus Associated…

CSA awards six space exploration contracts

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded six contracts, valued at $250,000 each, to four organizations to develop concept studies related to future space exploration ventures. The studies are part of the CSA’s strategy to invest in emerging technology areas, such as: a high resolution Canadian-led space telescope; robots to remove space debris and tune-up ailing…

GreenCentre Canada licenses pharma catalyst

GreenCentre Canada (GCC) has licensed a chemical process developed at the Univ of Alberta that addresses one of the key research priorities of the pharmaceutical industry. The process — developed by U of A chemist Dr Dennis Hall — uses a novel, heavy-metal-free catalyst to create amide bonds at room temperature without creating toxic by-products.…

Alberta oil seed and livestock R&D receives $4.5 million

Two agricultural research centres at the Univ of Alberta will receive $4.5 million over two years from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions to produce new oil and livestock products. Phytola will use biotechnological processes to develop new strategies for improving the quantity and quality of oil in oilseed plants such as canola and flax for nutraceutical…

BCKDF provides UVic with $13.3M for ocean research

The Government of British Columbia is providing $13.3 million for ocean research at the Univ of Victoria for the refitting of and the research vessel Tsekoa II and an expansion of the VENUS undersea sensor network. The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will provide $8.9 million towards the refitting of the former Coast Guard vessel,…

GSK donates $5 million to U of A virology institute

GlaxoSmithKline Inc (GSK) has made a $5-million donation to the Univ of Alberta‘s faculty of medicine and dentistry in support of virology research being conducted at the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology (formerly Glaxo Heritage Research Institute of Virology). The donation establishes the GSK Virology Research Support Endowment Fund to help sustain the institute’s…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…

Alberta and Li Ka Shing fund new virology institute

Hong Kong industrialist Li Ka Shing is contributing $25 million to establish the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology at the Univ of Alberta, augmented by $52.5 million from the provincial government and Alberta Innovates. The institute will focus on developing and commercializing new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests to reduce the impact of viral…

U of A and Helmholtz team to conduct oilsands research

The Univ of Alberta is teaming with researchers from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with a five-year agreement to develop technologies for oilsands production that will reduce their carbon footprint. The partnership seeks to better manage the process of capturing and storing of carbon dioxide produced during oilsands extraction, replacing natural gas with…