Organization: Univ of British Columbia

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…

Genome BC’s CSO receives $1.1M in research funding

Dr Don Riddle has received $1.1 million from two granting agencies to further his research on aging. Riddle, Genome BC‘s chief scientific officer, was awarded $905,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the development of c.elegans, a free-living nematode. He also received $213,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to…

CFI announces first awards under LOF program

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced the recipients of its first competition under the Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), which replaced the New Opportunities and Career Awards funds. Designed to attract and retain top-flight researchers, the competition awarded $19.7 million to 145 investigators at 35 institutions. A further $3.9 million was awarded under the affiliated…

FPTT signs on as Flintbox channel partner

Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) has signed on as a channel partner to Flintbox, a national network for licensing and reporting on early-stage research. Launched in 2003 as a spin-off from the Univ of British Columbia (UBC), the online application has focused primarily on universities, providing training and learning materials for institutions that sign…

NSERC releases fourth edition of business directory

Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) has released the 2005 edition of its Research Means Business directory, listing 141 companies built upon NSERC-funded research. Ten universities account for 98 of those firms, led by the Univ of British Columbia (17), the Univ of Toronto (14) and the Univ of Waterloo (14). The directory was previously…

U of W places fourth in computing machinery contest

A student team from the Univ of Waterloo (U of W) won a gold medal after placing fourth in the world finals of the 29th annual International Collegiate Programming contest, held by the Association for Computing Machinery. The U of W team easily outpaced its North American rivals. The next closest North American teams from…

UBC team sequences and annotates bacterial genome

An international research team led by three microbiologists from the Univ of British Columbia (UBC) has completed and annotated the largest bacterial genome in history. It is the first bacterial genome to be entirely sequenced and annotated in Canada. The three researchers — Drs Lindsay Eltis, William Mohn and Julian Davies — conducted their research…

CIHR funds groundbreaking heroin clinical trial

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is providing $8.1 million for North America’s first clinical trial of prescribed heroin for chronic addicts. The two-year North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) will try to determine ways to improve the health of addicts and reintegrate them back into society. It will enrol 470 participants in Vancouver,…

BC institutions create unique convergence campus

Four British Columbia-based institutions have formed a consortium to create Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC) to foster collaborative research and innovative academic programming at the convergence of science and technology with art, culture and design. The Campus will be located on a 7.6-hectare site just east of downtown Vancouver on land donated in 2001 by…

MDS Nordion brings third cyclotron on line

MDS Nordion Inc has officially launched its third cyclotron at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The TR-30-2 cyclotron has begun commercial production of medical isotopes following authorization by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The $20-million project, which includes an expansion of the site’s production facility and new development space, will…