Author: Mark Mann

New research network at Queen’s University addresses growing prevalence of Lyme disease in Canada

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Government of Canada are investing $4 million in a new research network focused on the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease. Operated by Queen’s University, the Pan-Canadian Research Network on Lyme Disease aims to influence health outcomes, practice, programs and policy related to Lyme…

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Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation acquires Colorado-based hemp research company

The Canadian cannabis and hemp company Canopy Growth Corporation, which operates a field-scale hemp operation in Saskatchewan, will pay CAD$25 million and issue 6,221,210 shares to acquire the assets of ebbu, Inc., a Colorado-based hemp research leader. Canopy Growth will apply ebbu’s IP and R&D advancements directly to its hemp and THC-rich cannabis genetic breeding…

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Desjardins funds two entrepreneurship projects in Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Desjardins Group has committed $600,000 to two business development projects in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. $500,000 will go to “Entrepreneurs propulsés,” a mentorship project and accelerator program for business leaders. Based in The Entrepreneur Zone at Cégep de Trois-Rivières, the program will offer group workshops and personalized coaching from the Quebec mentorship network Réseau M. Desjardins Group…

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The University of Saskatchewan opens a $38 million livestock and forage research centre

A $38 million agricultural research centre opened at the University of Saskatchewan near Saskatoon on October 9. The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) aims to be a world leader in forage and beef production research, spanning the entire beef cattle production chain. The centre aims to forge stronger connections between academia and industry…

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Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab receives $25 million through the Strategic Innovation Fund

The Government of Canada is investing $25 million in the University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a non-profit project to pair science-based startups with business expertise. The investment comes through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a $1.26 billion federal program to spur innovation in Canada’s industrial and technological sectors, with a focus on large projects…

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Chrysalix Venture Capital announces first close of a $120 million fund for industrial innovation

The Vancouver-based firm Chrysalix Venture Capital has announced the first close for a new $120 million USD fund that will invest in intelligent systems to improve resource-intensive industries. Taking a global outlook, the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund will concentrate on early-stage ventures that are working on “Industry 4.0 applications that improve business processes, resource efficiency and…

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Fanshawe College opens new advanced research centre in biotechnology

Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, opened its new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB) on Friday, Oct. 12. The centre comprises more than 13,000 square feet of teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics, as well as an incubator and industry research space with access to a cell culturing facility. Student…

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Tammy Clifford

Dr. Tammy J Clifford has been appointed to the position of Vice-President of Research Programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), starting October 29, 2018. In this role, she will oversee the design, development and administration of CIHR’s funding programs and science policies, and will collaborate with other members of CIHR’s executive team…

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Bill Greuel

Former Saskatchewan government official, Bill Greuel, has been appointed as chief executive officer of the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster (PIC), starting on October 15. Gruel, with an extensive background in the agriculture industry, will be responsible for leading the supercluster to develop Canada’s plant-based protein potential and create enhanced value from one of Canada’s largest…

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