Numbers

Number 10 / Volume 25 / June 22, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The world of technology development for the military is complex and fraught with uncertainty. Just ask the people behind a unique technology roadmapping initiative that has been more than two years in development (see lead story).

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Canadian Space Agency supporting R&D for regenerative and nanomedicine

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has made its first contribution to date to a pioneering initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CSA is contributing $1 million to two projects in regenerative medicine and nanomedicine as part of the latest competition for $16 million in team grant funding under CIHR’s Regenerative Medicine and nanomedicine Initiative (RMNI).

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Opinion Leader:
Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour

A place for science in the Speech from the Throne
By Paul Dufour

Twenty-five years ago, a Minister of State for Science and Technology under the federal Progressive Conservative government gave an address to the House in response to the October1, 1986 Speech from the Throne.

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News Bites

News Briefs

NSERC announces 2011 Discovery Grants recipients

NRC renews MOU with France's OSEO

IDRC and granting councils fund climate change research

Low PhD levels linked to lagging innovation

Milestone received $13 million in equity financing

People

Dr Jane Aubin

Dr Victor Dzau

Number 9 / Volume 25 / June 9, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

From the perspective of research and S&T, the Conservative government’s Speech from the Throne and re-introduced Budget represents a lost opportunity. The failure to boost S&T as a priority and revisit the S&T provisions of the March 22 Budget indicate that innovation policy and its implementation will continue to trail those of our competitors.

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Opinion Leader:
Peter K. MacKinnon

Peter MacKinnon - extended on-line version

China’s S&T strategy: A ‘Great Leap’ forward
By Peter K. MacKinnon

China has experienced broad and sustained economic growth for a number of years. The mechanisms by which that growth has been sustained are changing.

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NSERC rolls out new college program for strengthening research infrastructure

Support for college innovation received another boost with the awarding of more than $8 million to purchase equipment that allows for more effective collaboration with industry. The inaugural competition of the Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) grants program benefits 79 projects at 32 colleges across the country, including Niagara College which received $425,000 for three new applied research projects.

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Policy makers research out to academia for new ideas on emerging national issues

A small policy unit within the federal government has launched a consultative initiative to improve the linkages between university-based research and federal policy makers. Policy Horizons Canada (PHC) (formerly the Policy Research Initiative) is examining ways to improve the flow of information between academia and receptors within government for a wide range of pressing and emerging issues over the next five to 10 years.

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Opinion Leader:
Peter K. MacKinnon

Peter MacKinnon

China’s S&T strategy: A ‘Great Leap’ forward
By Peter K. MacKinnon

China has experienced broad and sustained economic growth for a number of years. The mechanisms by which that growth has been sustained are changing and Chinese leadership is driving that change.

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Wanted: Large, national applied research institutions

Analysis by Ari Huczkowski

What is it that separates innovative nations from the rest? When you compare western economies, all appear to have very similar characteristics — a large (and aging) middle-class, a well-educated workforce, large global companies that form the core of their economies and a high rate of academic degrees per capita.

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News Bites

News Briefs

CANARIE scores high with chief information officers

NSERC funds student training skills

CLS collaborates with UK synchrotron

WD provides CLS with $3.1M for two projects

GrowLab and BDC offer support to entrepreneurs

AIMS-Ghana created with $3-million commitment

People

Dr Robert Haché

Dr Saiedeh Razavi

Aimee Park

Number 8 / Volume 25 / May 24, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Will S&T suffer a hit once the Conservative government launches its deficit elimination strategy? I’d happily take a nickel for every rumour swirling through business, academia and government. The prospect of cutting funds to research and innovation when many key mechanisms are already underfunded is frightening indeed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Gilles G. Patry

Dr Gilles G. Patry

Quest for research outcomes requires new approaches
By Dr Gilles G. Patry

Since the late 1990s, Canada has seen tremendous growth in government investments in university research. Not only did the Government of Canada initiate programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, but it also continued investing in its research-funding agencies and created entities like Genome Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

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News Bites

News Briefs

MITACS restructures as NCE funding winds down

OICR spins offs to develop promising technologies

Canada part of new G8 research funding initiative

RDC funds microscope for mining research

OneChip raises $17 million in latest VC round

People

Christian Paradis

Dr Wendy Cukier

Dr Colin Jones

Number 7 / Volume 25 / May 2, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Canadian technology may be able to de-risk one of the most promising future sources of energy that currently poses a grave environmental threat under current extraction practices. Hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking now uses what many critics have described as a toxic stew of chemicals mixed with water to release natural gas trapped in rock formations.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Peter Morand

Peter Morand

Is the NRC on the right track?
By Dr Peter Morand

An internal memorandum sent a few weeks ago by the National Research Council president to all personnel purports a new direction for Canada’s national laboratories.

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Alberta company commercializes "green" process for extracting shale oil and gas

By Debbie Lawes

A Calgary company is capturing the attention of resource companies, environmentalists and landowners across the US with a propane-based system that offers a “green” alternative to hydraulic fracturing — a controversial practice that uses significant amounts of water and chemicals to harvest gas and oil from depleted wells and tight geological formations.

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Last Chance to Register

May 11-12, 2011The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

Presented in collaboration with the National Research Council

“Priming the Pump:The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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Opinion Leader:
Denzil Doyle

Denzil Doyle

A new approach to technology licensing assessment
By Denzil Doyle

The economic impact of technology licensing can be difficult to assess, leading to current methods which often undervalue the value that can be derived and benefits to the economy at large.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Peter Morand

Peter Morand - extended on-line version

Technology commercialization proposal for the National Research Council©
By Dr Peter Morand

CONTEXT

The origins of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) go back to activities at McGill University that led to its formal establishment in 1916.

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News Bites

News Briefs

AbCelex licenses NRC platform technology

HTX provides $750,000 for PatientOrderSets.com

MedBioGene licenses technology to Precision

Bioniche opens animal vaccine production facility

RSC to develop strategic and financial plans

People

Bernard Courtois

Dr Mamdouh Shoukri

Dr Steve Liang

Number 6 / Volume 25 / April 18, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The Ontario Centres of Excellence is to be congratulated for taking the initiative to improve Canada’s weak track record for commercializing publicly funded research. Through its federally supported Centre for the Commercialization of Research (CCR), it has spearheaded the formation of the International Commercialization Alliance (ICA) which aims to share international best practices and models to boost the economic outputs stemming from research (see page 4).

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May 11-12, 2011The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

Presented in collaboration with the National Research Council

“Priming the Pump:The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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Opinion Leader:
Yves Gingras

Dr Yves Gingras

Pork barreling is no substitute for peer review
By Yves Gingras

The recent (and defeated) federal Budget announced a series of reinvestments in the Canadian research system, including funding for the three granting councils (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), the Canada Research Chairs and Genome Canada.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Xogen deploys waste water treatment technology

Compound developed by CDRD and BCCA licensed

BTI raises $23 million in venture financing

OGI launches public web site on genomics

Ontario and China launch research fund

CANARIE offering research network to firms at no charge

People

Dr Ian Potter

Dr Dennis Fitzpatrick

Dr Philippe Couillard

Margaret Louise Beckel

Number 5 / Volume 25 / March 31, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

The aftershocks of the 2008 economic meltdown and subsequent orgy of stimulus spending are putting the squeeze on new investments aimed at boosting innovation. Bulging federal and provincial deficits have resulted in a slew of budgets in which S&T, R&D and innovation are fighting an uphill battle with soaring health care and education spending.

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Federal Budget proposes a host of modest measures to boost R&D, innovation

Implementation rests with election outcome

The 2011 federal Budget will likely be remembered more for its family-friendly electioneering than is S&T initiatives. The Budget Plan’s provisions for R&D and innovation are a scattershot affair with just $216 millionin new research spending and an additional $51 millionfor commercialization and business innovation over the next two years.

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May 11-12, 2011The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

Presented in collaboration with the National Research Council

“Priming the Pump:The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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Space firms call for revamp of support programs in R&D Review Panel submissions

Several of Canada’s space firms have come out swinging to press for sweeping changes to federal programs that support their industry sector. In submissions to the Expert Panel Review of Federal Support for R&D, the companies contend that programs such as the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP), the Strategic Aerospace Defence Initiative (SADI) and the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) all have funding, operational and/or policy drawbacks that limit their effectiveness.

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Opinion Leader:
Perrin Beatty

Perrin Beatty

Shared-risk key to driving business innovation
By Perrin Beatty

This should come as no surprise, but governments do not possess all the financial or other resources needed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

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Foresight symposium explores varying scenarios for future of Canadian innovation

Experts look out to 2040

If Canada wants to become a leading innovative nation by 2040, what policies and programs should be instituted in the next six years to improve the odds of achieving its objective? Will the nation overcome its reliance on natural resources and build a more diverse economy driven by strong technology demand, a mobile, skilled workforce and healthy exports?

That was the scenario facing more than 60 policy makers and business and academic leaders who participated in a two-day foresight symposium in Ottawa last month.

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News Bites

News Briefs

New Global Virus Network has Vancouver node

SRC enhances Pipe Flow Technology Centre

CDRD using WD funding to establish biologics facility

Memorial gains new mechatronics capability

Expanded CHRP funding comes with new rules

Emerging nations boost research & science paper

People

Mark Roman

Dr Marc Fortin 2011

Ken Armour

Number 4 / Volume 25 / March 17, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Canada’s S&T community writ large could use some good news in next week’s Budget. The recent release of the Main Estimates shows that most departments and agencies are set to experience stagnation or declines in their funding next year, with the exception of the Canadian Space Agency.

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Saskatchewan makes strategic investments in nuclear research capabilities

New research centre and cyclotron

Key strategic investments in nuclear research are reinforcing Saskatchewan’s bid to re-establish the province as a lead in nuclear science and engineering. In recent weeks, $65 million in provincial, federal and academic sources have been committed to bolster research and training capacity in health sciences, material and neutron sciences and nuclear science and engineering for small reactor development.

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Opinion Leader:
Alan Cornford

Alan Cornford

Canadian R&D innovative competitiveness in free fall — a new recipe is required
By Alan Cornford

We’re on a downward spiral in terms of innovative competitiveness. We pour billions of dollars into education and research.

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May 11-12, 2011The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

Presented in collaboration with the National Research Council

“Priming the Pump:The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Pilot procurement program makes first selections

Toronto virtual brain surgery training centre opens

Swedish firm licenses Canadian software

Bayer joins GreenCentre Canada as sponsor

Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network launched

People

Dr Jean Luc Bérubé

Dr Feridun Hamdullahpur

Robert Warren

Number 3 / Volume 25 / March 2, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

A new program that’s funding large-scale research into childhood cancers and rare disorders is shining proof that much can be accomplished with relatively little spending. The Advancing Technology Innovation Through Discovery Program is a joint initiative of Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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NRCan's Materials Technology Lab opens doors in McMaster Innovation Park

Co-location with key industries, academia

More than a decade after the idea was first hatched, a key laboratory at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has officially re-located from Ottawa to Hamilton — a $100-million initiative that has been touted as a new model for matching federal research capacity with its natural client base.

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May 11-12, 2011The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

Presented in collaboration with the National Research Council

“Priming the Pump:The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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Opinion Leader:
John Stone

John Stone

There is more to addressing climate change than reinforcing the science
By John Stone

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is at a crucial crossroads. How well it responds to the criticisms in the recent public reviews will determine its future usefulness.

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Genome Canada and CIHR team up to fund research into childhood cancers, rare diseases

New pilot project

Two research teams have received $5.6 million in funding to launch the world’s first large-scale projects focused on the genetic causes of childhood cancers and rare disorders. The funding from Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the regional genome centres of Quebec and British Columbia will support pan-Canadian research consortia that will utilize the rapid advances in genomic sequencing which have accelerated the identification of disease genes while dramatically driving down the cost.

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AUCC advocates greater direct support for industry

The Expert Review Panel on Research and Development is being urged to recommend a greater emphasis on direct and targeted support for innovation by reallocating a portion of the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credit and expanding funding for large-scale, transformational research projects.

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News Bites

News Briefs

ISTP Canada holds water roundtables

Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals receives series B financing

DRDC buys Scottish smart software technology

Vancouver firm to help design research vessel

Cambridge firm receives $4M from Clean Energy Fund

CIFAR renews two research programs

VC investments up slightly, fundraising at 16-year low

McCain Institute receives $5-million gift

SR&ED the focus of several inquiries, reports

IC&P urges better balanced innovation policy

People

Gary Tanner

Dr Brian Underdown

Dr Hadi Mahabadi

Number 2 / Volume 25 / February 16, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

Anyone looking for the benefits of making long-term investments in basic research need look no further than Ontario. The province appears to be on the cusp of a major influx of foreign direct investment in its medical and assistive technologies (MAT) sector with the decision by GE Healthcare to establish a centre of excellence for pathology imaging in Toronto.

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Opinion Leader:
Ron Freedman

Ron Freedman

Re-Thinking Canada’s BERD Gap
By Ron Freedman

All the Experts Agree. If there is one fact of innovation policy that every analyst can agree on, it is that Canada suffers a “BERD Intensity Gap” with the rest of the OECD; specifically, a gap between the amounts that Canadian business spends on R&D as a proportion of GDP, compared with its counterparts in other OECD countries.

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Communications Research Centre carves out global niches of excellence

Rawat stepping down this month

When Dr Veena Rawat steps down as president of the Communications Research Centre (CRC) later this month, the veteran scientist and administrator leaves a key federal agency that has carved out niches of global excellence with a budget that has remained largely stagnant over the past several years.

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NSERC unveils this year's award winners

Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering ($1 million in research funding over five years.) – Geoffrey Hinton, computer scientist, Univ of Toronto computer scientist and a world leader in machine learning.

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Save the dates!

The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

May 11-12, 2011
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

“Priming the Pump: The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”

Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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News Bites

News Briefs

Obama admin launches new innovation initiatives

CANARIE supports R&D to ease traffic congestion

Merck commits $5 million to Quebec's CQDM

Nuclear scientists urge AECL to accelerate restructuring

Pfizer boosts investment in Quebec-based research

People

Clifford Gross

Julie Payette

Number 1 / Volume 25 / January 31, 2011

Editorial:
Mark Henderson, Editor

A comparison of the US and Canadian approaches to stimulating innovation provides a telling picture of two dramatically different strategies. The US position was forcefully outlined in president Barack Obama’s January 27th State of the Union Address.

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Save the dates!

The 10th annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference

May 11-12, 2011 in Ottawa

“Priming the Pump: The Role of Government R&D Support in Business Innovation”

Join RE$EARCH MONEY to explore the role of government research support in stimulating business innovation.

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Canada needs a new type of professor

Analysis

By Dr Axel Meisen

Canada has a fundamental, chronic and persistent innovation problem. Innovation is defined as the translation of novel ideas and research results into practice, generating benefits and strengthening economic competitiveness.

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Opinion Leader:
Dr Lyndon Mitchell

Dr Lyndon Mitchell

Nothing Endures But Change *
By Dr Lyndon Mitchell

Science is the very embodiment of chance and change. Science can be defined as “the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, and measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms.

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News Bites

News Briefs

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

Open Text partners with NRC on content analytics

Nordion reports higher medical isotope revenues

Carleton U boosts India studies with new chair

BCKDF provides UVic with $13.3M for ocean research

People

Philippe Walker

Dr Donald Stuss

Stephen Hartlen