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reports and analyses of the forces driving
science and technology investment in Canada

copyright 1999, Research Money Inc.

editor: Mark Henderson


Volume 12, Number 15, SEPTEMBER 23, 1998

How it looks to me.... by Mark Henderson

FEATURE REPORTS | RESEARCH BRIEFS | PERSONALITIES

How it looks to me....
by Mark Henderson, editor, RE$EARCH MONEY The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) faces a delicate balancing act as it develops policy and strategies for dealing with areas of research which currently lack a national or regional strategy. Faced with multiple funding proposals for key areas such as genomics and high-performance computing, the endowment is realizing that other players in the innovation system must be consulted to maximize the impact of its decisions.

As a result, many hopefuls across Canada will have to wait even longer for word on whether they'll receive CFI support for the research infrastructure they sorely need. But the wait had better not be too long. In many areas, Canada is playing catch-up after years of funding cuts and neglect. Other nations are fuelling their strategic research initiatives with copious amounts of cash, while Canadian activities fall further behind.

This is particularly true for the field of genomics. The CFI received 18 proposals at a time when a strategy is being hammered out by the sector's principal players. The CFI's funding decisions must reflect the needs of others, hence the use of task forces to determine the best approach for kickstarting essential research.

While the delays are unfortunate, they are reflective of the cautious, prudent policy the CFI has taken from the beginning. Best to foresee problems than react to the consequences of hasty judgements.


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FEATURE REPORTS...

  CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION TO CONSULT WIDELY
IN AREAS INVOLVING MULTIPLE FUNDING PROPOSALS
  UNIVERSITIES BENEFIT FROM
FEDERAL BIOTECH S&T SPENDING
  'A' BASE FUNDING BEING PUSHED BY CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY AS IT PREPARES NEW PLAN FOR GOVERNMENT CONSIDERATION
  AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT'S GENOME RESEARCH PROPOSAL TARGETS KEY AREAS WHERE CANADA CAN EXCEL
  ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE TEAMS WITH THE SOLIDARITÉ FUND TO CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR VEHICLE FOR COMMERCIALIZATION
  STATISTICS CANADA DATA REVEAL
HUMAN COST OF PROGRAM REVIEW
  COGNICASE ACCELERATES REMARKABLE GROWTH
WITH PROVINCIAL JOB TAX CREDITS
  NEW MERGED ASSOCIATION TO STRESS
INNOVATION IN RESEARCH MANAGEMENT

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RESEARCH BRIEFS

  • Gallium Software receives $4-million vencap investment
  • Ericsson and Rogers Cantel establish formal alliance
  • Hemosol Inc establishes US subsidiary near Boston
  • AMI introduces first product via alliance with Analog Devices
  • IRAP awards $250,000 grant to Battery Technologies Inc
  • ID Biomedical receives private placement from US-based firms
  • Harris Corp changes name of Canadian subsidiary
  • Algne Biotech takes decisive measures to slash spending





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Gallium Software receives $4-million vencap investment Ottawa's Gallium Software Inc has received $4 million in venture capital from The VenGrowth Investment Fund. Described as an equity partnership, the capital will permit Gallium to further develop and market its line of human computer interface software, designed to reduce risks and costs associated with the development of complex, real-time operational display systems. The firm sells into several business sectors including air traffic control, military command and control, fleet management, vessel traffic management and network management systems. VenGrowth has invested more than $30 million into Ottawa-area firms in recent years, including several affiliates of Newbridge Networks Corp....


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Ericsson and Rogers Cantel establish formal alliance Montreal-based Ericsson Research Canada has entered a formal collaboration with Rogers Cantel Inc to accelerate development of operations support systems (OSS) for the D-AMPS IS-136 standard. The R&D arm of Ericsson Communications Inc holds a world product mandate for OSS and will market the resulting products to D-AMPS operators globally as fully tested, benchmark solutions. The relationship gives Cantel the ability to shape Ericsson's product development plans with tailor-made solutions for its national cellular/PCS network. The alliance will focus on new techniques for analyzing fault and performance data on the Cantel network....

Click here for more details in the September 21/98 issue of affiliate publication, Report on Wireless. For a printed copy, contact Subscriber Services at (613)728-4621 or Email services@evert.com.


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Hemosol Inc establishes US subsidiary near Boston Toronto-based Hemosol Inc has opened its first US office and recruited four senior executive to run its business and clinical trials operations. Located in Pembroke MA, near Boston , the subsidiary will support Hemosol's Phase II clinical trials for Hemolink, a blood substitute product. The US trials focus on coronary bypass surgery and anemia....


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AMI introduces first product via alliance with Analog Devices Applied Microelectronics Inc (AMI) has entered a strategic partnership with US-based Analog Devices Inc in a marked departure from its traditional fee-for-service electronic design model. AMI will use the new alliance to help launch its first product, the MotionPro development kit, to be used with Analog's new digital signal processor (DSP) motor controller chip. The development kit allows the chip's users to evaluate and develop their own applications. Halifax-based AMI hopes to stimulate additional sales for the kit through the partnership....


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  IRAP awards $250,000 grant to Battery Technologies Inc Battery Technologies Inc has received a $250,000 grant from the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) to develop programs for the continuous improvement in performance of it rechargeable alkaline small format batteries. The grant is in addition to a smaller, $45,000 grant received from the NRC earlier this year. The R&D will seek to improve battery capacity and improve its performance over 25 cycles to 12 times the performance of high-end, non-rechargeable batteries....


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  ID Biomedical receives private placement from US-based firms ID Biomedical Corp has received a US$4-million private placement from Los Angeles-based Century City Securities and a private institutional investor. The funds will be used to fund research and introduce the Vancouver-based firm to additional US and European institutional biotechnology investors. The investment will also leverage the expertise of Value Management & Research, a German investment company affiliated with Century City. ID Biomedical is developing products for two fields of medicine: rapid, gene-based disease detection and subunit vaccines....


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  Harris Corp changes name of Canadian subsidiary Harris Corp has changed the name of its Canadian subsidiary from Harris Farinon Canada to Harris Canada -- Microwave Communications Division to more properly reflect its new logo and vision statement. The developer and manufacturer of telecommunications equipment operates facilities in Quebec and Alberta and employs 700 people. In FY97, Canadian operations racked up $22.1 million in R&D expenditures. The firm targets a range of sectors including digital television, wireless and personal communications, automotive electronics and defence communications....


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  Algne Biotech takes decisive measures to slash spending Algne Biotechnologies Corp is initiating a budget reduction plan to cut monthly expenditures by one third. The plan includes the lay-off of 12 people and restructuring of its marketing strategy to maximize commercial value. Algne will seek a partner on development activities for causal genes and protective genes relating to Alzheimer's disease activities, and boost marketing of its technology platforms. Board chairman and CEO Dr Denis Gauvreau will be relinquishing the latter title and a search for a replacement will begin shortly. The reduction plan coincides with a new financing strategy to secure the necessary funds to support operations at the Montreal-based firm through to mid-2000. Most of its founding shareholders have agreed to reinvest within the framework of the upcoming financing....


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PERSONALITIES


David Wharry has been appointed president and CEO of Silicon Graphics Canada, capping a six-year ascension that began as Ontario sales branch manager. A BA graduate of Carleton Univ, Wharry will focus the subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc on sales of its high-performance computers in the communications, education, research services, earth resources, manufacturing and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining the firms, Wharry held management and sales positions at Honeywell, Honeywell-Bull and Bull Canada....

Anne Vezina and Dr Roger Miller have been appointed co-chairs of the recently formed Innovation Management Association of Canada (see article this page). The appointments are for one-year terms. Vezina is director, cancer information services at the Canadian Cancer Society in Toronto. Prior to that appointment, she was DG of Inspiraplex, a federal Network of Centres of Excellence whose funding expired last March. Miller is the chairholder of the Hydro-Qubec-CAE industrial chair in technology management at the Univ of Quebec at Montreal. They replace Dr Alan Pelman, past chair of the Canadian Research Management Association, and Dr Joseph Paradi, past chair of the Canadian Association for the Management of Technology....

Joanne Stanley has been appointed director of marketing and communications at Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO), an Ontario Network of Centres of Excellence. Stanley comes to CITO after a stint as chief communications counsel for Bell Canada. She has 23 years of experience in the Bell/Stentor/Telecom Canada group of companies. Stanley is charged with reactivating and enhancing CITO's communications program in the Ottawa/Kingston region. The communications team will also be bolstered by Christine Elias as communications specialist operating out of Toronto. Elias was previously responsible for external and internal public relations for the Institute for Work and Health....


RE$EARCH MONEY -- September 23, 1998
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