Organization: Univ of British Columbia

BC clean energy cooperative formed to assist sector

A BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative has been formed to act as a source of talent, knowledge and expertise for the clean energy sector. The cooperative was formed through a letter of intent between the National Research Council‘s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, the Univ of British Columbia and BC Hydro‘s clean energy subsidiary, Powertech…

CANARIE announces Green IT project winners

An alliance of leading information and communications technology (ICT) firms, universities and international partners is the big winner of a Green IT competition held by CANARIE. The Green Star Network — led by École de technologie supérieure — has been awarded $2 million to develop a groundbreaking Internet in which network nodes will be powered…

CANARIE upgrades network, funds new projects.

CANARIE Inc has announced a critical upgrade of its national research network that will dramatically increase network capacity 10-fold. The upgrade was achieved with the installation of ethernet routers from Juniper Network Inc, Sunnyvale CA, allowing researchers to exchange and analyze large data volumes more quickly. The upgrade was unveiled at CANARIE’s Summit 09 conference…

Research infrastructure funds flow first in BC

British Columbia universities and colleges are the first in the country to be funded under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) with $455.1 million going to 29 projects. The first round of projects received $202.3 million from KIP, $231.1 million from the BC government and $21.7 million from other sources. The largest project is at the…

Boeing hires BC interns to conduct visual analytics

The federal government, Province of British Columbia and Boeing Canada Operations Ltd are providing $1.5 million over four years to support 100 graduate student internships who will utilize the emerging multi-disciplinary field of visual analytics to help improve aircraft efficiency and reliability. Funded through the MITACS-administered ACCELERATE BC, the students from the Univ of British…

Green IT MOU signed by UBC, Prompt & UC San Diego

The Univ of British Columbia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Univ of California – San Diego and the Quebec-based non-profit, Prompt Inc, to improve the energy efficiency of information technology and reduce its carbon footprint. The institutions will share best practices, work with national funding bodies and generate data on greenhouse gas…

York Univ joins TRIUMF as associate member

York Univ is the latest post-secondary institution to join TRIUMF as an associate member. The membership will give York-based researchers access to large-scale research facilities and expertise in the physical and life sciences. In addition to nuclear physics, TRIUMF’s science program includes particle physics, molecular and materials science and nuclear medicine. The facility is owned…

Genome researchers tackle mountain pine beetle

Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta are providing $4 million for an initial two-year study into the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pine trees. Led by Dr Joerg Bohlmann (Univ of British Columbia) and Dr Janice Cooke (Univ of Alberta), the project is expected to expand after the first phase with…

Aquinox completes US$14.5 million financing

Vancouver-based Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc has completed a US$14.5-million series ‘A’ financing to further develop targeted small molecules therapeutics based on its proprietary SH2-containing inosital phosphatase biochemical enzyme. The enzyme regulates the PI3K pathway for regulating cell growth and survival and immune cell regulation. Aquinox is a spin-off from the Univ of British Columbia and BC…

Dolby Labs buys BrightSide Technologies

Vancouver’s BrightSide Technologies Inc (formerly Sunnybrook Technologies) is being acquired by Dolby Laboratories Inc, San Francisco, for US$28 million in cash. The company will remain in Vancouver as part of Dolby Canada. The Univ of British Columbia spin-off is a private, development-stage company focused on high dynamic range imaging technology that dramatically improves the contrast…