Organization: National Research Council

Metabolix sets up R&D operations in Saskatoon

Metabolix Inc has established operations in Saskatoon at the National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) to tap into the region’s R&D expertise and infrastructure. The Cambridge MA-based developer of bio-based plastics, fuels and chemicals will locate at PBI’s Industrial Partnership Facility — a research incubator that opened in 2002 and now houses 12 companies.…

NRC and Bell extend R&D collaboration

The National Research Council (NRC) and Bell Helicopter have signed a 10-year research framework agreement that will streamline the process of establishing fee-for-service and collaborative R&D projects between the two organizations. NRC and Bell (a subsidiary of Providence RI-based Textron Inc) will continue joint R&D on composite materials for aircraft structures and flight testing of…

BC government helps fund new TRIUMF accelerator

The Province of British Columbia is investing $30.7 million in the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The $62.9-million project will see the construction of an underground beam tunnel that will house a linear accelerator used to produce medical isotopes that could alleviate the shortage…

Project launched to produce algae-based biofuel

The National Research Council (NRC) has launched a major initiative to commercialize the mass production of biofuel from algae. The Halifax-based project was launched under the National Bioproducts Program (NBP), a joint initiative of the NRC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Natural Resources Canada. NRC will contribute $5 million to the project through the NBP…

NRC agreement amended to focus on cellulosic ethanol

Vancouver’s Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc (NAT) has amended its current agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) to focus on an area of cellulosic ethanol production that is hampering widespread use of the feedstock for fuel. The two parties agreed to divert existing funding from their collaboration on advanced enzyme technology for the extraction and…

NRC and Agrisoma Biosciences launch project

The National Research Council and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc are merging technologies to develop uses for low-emission agricultural bioproducts for energy production. The five-year project will focus on open access intellectual property for industry and is expected to improve production and crop yields for oilseeds such as canola and mustard. The collaboration between the NRC’s Plant…

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…

NRC, Agfa and McMaster to create medical test registry

The National Research Council has signed a multi-partner collaborative agreement to launch the Dose Registry and Radiation Exposure Monitor. The project aims to establish a first-in-Canada registry for patients undergoing medical tests and commercialize the results worldwide. The NRC’s Institute for Information Technology is partnering with McMaster Univ, Hamilton Health Sciences Corp and Agfa HealthCare…

NRC’s PBI teams with Dutch plant genomics consortium

The National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) in Saskatoon is partnering on three canola research projects with the Netherland’s Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG). The collaboration is a first between the two organizations and will focus on studying the genetics of lipid metabolism in canola to improve nutritional value, examine seed quality and vigour…

NRC and French agency launch MRI collaboration

The National Research Council has struck an agreement with France’s Commissariat a l’energie atomique (CEA) to develop technologies using ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The project is the second NRC-CEA collaboration under a memorandum of understanding signed in July/08….