Fed Dev Ontario Supports SME4SME program at uOttawa

Government of Canada Supports Partnerships for Innovation

http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/00853.html    August 1, 2012 www.sme4sme.ca

Ottawa, Ontario – The University of Ottawa has worked with 14 businesses across southern Ontario on a variety of projects that have stimulated innovation and business growth. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), congratulates the university on its partnerships with small- and medium-sized businesses.  “Because science powers commerce, our government is investing in the University of Ottawa and helping businesses access the research capacity and resources they need to develop new ideas and bring those to market, while also helping researchers gain valuable work experience and entrepreneurial skills,” said Minister Goodyear. “Our government is focused on the economy, creating jobs and economic growth.”

In 2010, through FedDev Ontario’s Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative, the University of Ottawa was approved for a contribution of up to $750,000 to partner with small- and medium-sized enterprises in areas that have traditionally challenged SMEs: applied research, engineering design, technology development, product testing and certification. Facilitated by the SME4SME program, these businesses were able to benefit from the facilities and expertise of the university in order to advance their innovative products and ideas.

“Every year, innovation driven from University of Ottawa research contributes over $1.2 billion to our regional economy in improved productivity,” said Allan Rock, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “SME4SME has assisted the University of Ottawa to create partnerships with 15 companies and further drive the innovation that is so vital to our contribution to Canada’s economic and social success.”

The Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative  helps small- and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario access applied research and development and pre-commercialization expertise found in post-secondary institutions.  The University of Ottawa has worked with 14 small- and medium-sized enterprises under the initiative including the following projects:

Allen Vanguard (Ottawa) –  a maker of bomb disposal suits and helmets, has developed a second generation helmet-mounted sensor for the military, to track the incidence of traumatic brain injury in soldiers exposed to a blast. This device demonstrates the capability of tracking head movement with high accuracy when subjected to shock waves. This project with the University of Ottawa has resulted in a new technology that uses gas detonations as a means to drive strong blast waves in a shock tube to test the company’s helmet-mounted sensors.

Baker Engineering & Risk Consultants Inc. (Burlington) –  provides solutions to companies and government agencies involved with hazardous materials to prevent accidents, and protect people and assets. Their Baker Risk division helps clients understand and prioritize their risks, and offer cost-effective solutions to manage those risks. Their partnership with the University of Ottawa focused on evaluating typical wood trailer construction used in hazardous facilities in the Canadian market and determined how they react when exposed to blasts. This resulted in new knowledge about how these trailers can be upgraded to better protect workers from an accidental blast event.

CIS Group Inc. (Ottawa) –  specialises in the trenchless rehabilitation of municipal drinking water mains through the use of a proprietary coating that is applied to the interior surface of ailing pipes. CIS’s objective is to return a water main to service the same day it is rehabilitated, eliminating the requirement of a temporary water by-pass system. The partnership with the University of Ottawa has helped to address the challenge of effectively removing all moisture after cleaning the pipe, prior to lining it with the coating. With improved pipe drying performance, the company will be able to rehabilitate more kilometres of water main in less time.

DNA Genotek (Ottawa) – is a life sciences company that uses its proprietary DNA collection system to increase the use of DNA in research and commercial products around the world. The purpose of the company’s project was to develop chemicals to improve purification of DNA from samples. The chemicals were tested for their ability to significantly improve a new product currently under development, allowing for the introduction of one or more of the new compounds into future commercial products. The partnership with the University of Ottawa will help improve the DNA purification systems, providing DNA Genotek with a competitive advantage and lead to increased sales.

InvoDane Engineering (Toronto) – provides engineering solutions that increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability for clients. The company has recently commercialized a robotic device (Explorer II) to inspect gas pipelines of different diameters with the goal of preventing leaks. The company has worked with the University of Ottawa to move toward an intelligent unmanned system capable of expanding the actual operational capabilities of the robot. This will minimize human intervention and eventually lead to a fully self-directed robotic system capable of performing decision-making processes without the need of human inputs. The merging of the hardware technology built by InvoDane and the software technology developed at the university has moved the company closer to creating an intelligent and independent pipeline inspection robot, which will be first of its kind worldwide.

Irdeto (Ottawa) – has Cloakware security products that protect the digital economy by securing the lifecycle of digital assets from creation through distribution to consumption. This project focused on one of a fundamental set of problems to solve regarding protection and establishing digital security in harsh environmental conditions. The techniques designed and implemented through this collaboration with the University of Ottawa have the potential to form an important component in the connected digital world of the future by implementing an important cryptographic procedure that is resistant to attack in a hostile execution environment.

Life Prediction Technologies Inc. (Ottawa) delivers world-class systems and services for predicting the useful life of turbines and other mechanical structures. The project with the University of Ottawa resulted in the generation of “deformation mechanism maps,” a graphical engineering tool that can be used to locate deformations in actual components to better calculate the service life of an engineering component. The project involved the collection of comprehensive materials, property data, extensive computational analysis for map generation, graphical presentation of results and validation through laboratory testing.

Magor Communications Corp. (Ottawa) – works with technology and channel partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the power of telecollaboration to businesses of all sizes, across a range of industries. In this project, the University of Ottawa worked with Magor’s personnel to design, implement, and deploy a system for predicting and controlling the amount of internet bandwidth during a video session to avoid congestion in Magor’s High Definition Video Conferencing (HDVC) product. The specific problem to solve was to forecast bandwidth variations in the network shortly before they happen. With accurate prediction comes the ability to maintain high-quality and real-time HD video streaming, which is critical for customer satisfaction. This will enable Magor to deliver HDVC performance over networks and comparable to the best systems on the market, at a fraction of their operating cost.

Opel International (Ottawa) – is focused on developing technology, designing solar concentrating products, and producing solar energy solutions for industrial and commercial applications ranging from solar farms to solar rooftop systems for commercial building applications. This project with the University of Ottawa studied the optics of a solar energy module’s concentrator photovoltaic cell. This project resulted in the identification of opportunities for substantially improving the solar to electricity performance, while maintaining low cost and manufacturability. This will greatly enhance the company’s ability to compete in a developing and highly competitive global marketplace.

PCI Geomatics (Ottawa) – is a world leader in geographical information systems (satellite-basedimages) solutions and has set the standard in remote sensing and image processing tools. In collaboration with the University of Ottawa, PCI investigated innovative techniques for the analysis and interpretation of geo-imaging data to improve the performance of the company’s software. This project will result in employment opportunities and the reinforcement of PCI’s competitiveness in the global market by creating new intellectual property to support the commercialization of their reliable, highly automated state-of-the-art software products.

PharmaGap Inc. (Ottawa) – licenses its drug compounds to companies in more advanced phases of drug development, prior to commencement of later-stage clinical trials in humans. The company worked with the University of Ottawa on the development of novel treatments for combating ovarian cancer. Specifically, the project examined different ways of administering the treatment to increase the effectiveness of the drug. In looking at existing methods for treating ovarian cancer, the research also tested the drug formulations that have been created by the company partner in a collaborative and cost-sharing venture. This has brought the company closer to licensing this novel anti-cancer therapy to partners, and closer to treating patients in Ontario.

S5 Systems Inc. (Ottawa) – is a company that helps telecom businesses speed up product development life cycles with their phone systems that have built-in hardware and software. The research project with the University of Ottawa involved taking an existing radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, a device used in applications such an inventory control, and dramatically enhancing its performance. The project has developed a new product for the market that will allow Ontario and global companies better control over their inventory and security access.

Slink Corporation (Ottawa) – is a video analytics company specializing in building customizable, easily deployable and “return-on-investment-based” video analytic solutions for enterprise customers. Their project was aimed directly at addressing and detecting automated teller machine (ATM) fraud. Building upon existing research with ATM fraud investigators, providers and users, the company worked with the University of Ottawa to translate the research into a video analytic tool that can be used by banks around the world to reduce the instances of loss due to ATM fraud. This project helped to move Slink closer to its goal of becoming the international leader in ATM fraud fighting software.

TRIAS Innovations (Ottawa) – has developed a variety of mechanical products including high-capacity wind turbines and the development of a lubricant additive that protects and greatly enhances the performance of delicate mechanical systems. TRIAS worked with University of Ottawa researchers to build a smart monitoring system that integrates vibration analysis and the performance of the additive in a single machine. This project will assist TRIAS in developing and entering new markets around the world by having sound scientific data underlying the performance of the product.

BDR Technologies well received by US investors, now on to Banff!

BDR Technologies r was well received at the Modern Engergy Forum this week in Denver . BDR Techologies was recognized with first prize in the Rising Star Company presentations at the Modern Energy Investment Forum. This week BDR also presented at the Rice Alliance Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum in Houston.

BDR Technologies is a uOttawa spin-off company built around bio-diesel reactor technology and intellectual property arising from Drs. Andre Tremblay and Marc Dube from the Faculty of Engineering. BDR Technoloigies and the original research have been supported by several government programs and by OTTN.

BDR will next be featured at the Banff Venture Forum, Canada’s premier company financing event Oct. 6 & 7th

BDR was featured in the news release issued by the Canadian Consulate General – Denver earlier this week.


Media Contact:

Jennifer Cook
Consulate General of Canada in Denver
Communications & Cultural Affairs Officer
303.626.0672 (phone) or 303.589.8782 (mobile)
jennifer.cook@international.gc.ca

For Immediate Release:

Sept. 13 – 15: Canadian Consulate Hosts Top-Tier Renewable Energy Companies during Colorado’s Modern Energy Investors Forum at The Ritz Carlton, Denver

DENVER—September 13, 2011—Investors, financial analysts and business leaders from the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region will have the opportunity to learn more about Canadian start-up companies specializing in innovative and cost-competitive renewable energy, clean technologies and sustainability services during the 2011 Modern Energy Investor Forum. The Forum takes place in Denver this week at The Ritz Carlton from Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Forum gathers top experts in the industry and brings them to Denver for discussions on ongoing development of technology transfer, market incentives, development projections and investment opportunities. Company representatives from start-ups—specializing in wind, solar, bio-fuels, geothermal, uranium/nuclear, hydro, clean technology and energy conservation—will also present investment opportunities at the Forum’s “Rising Star Panels”. According to Michelle Ashby, CEO of MINE LLC, which hosts the Forum, over $265 Billion will be invested in the modern energy sector by 2015 in the United State alone.

The Consulate General of Canada in Denver will host Canadian entrepreneurs from three top-tier start-up companies, who will pitch their potentially “game-changing” core business concepts during the Forum’s “Rising Star Panels” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In addition, Consulate trade specialists will help position Colorado as an ideal destination for Canadian firms to headquarter their U.S. operations, feature Canada’s capabilities in the renewable energy and clean-tech sectors, and facilitate partnering opportunities between Canadian and Colorado companies.

Canada’s “Rising Star Panel” Participants:

• Enovex (www.enovexcorp.com): Located in Port City, New Brunswick, Enovex is a start-up company that researches innovative applications and develops cost-effective and highly efficient systems for carbon capture, in order to help organizations reduce their environmental impact. For example, instead of storing carbon underground—a common but controversial tactic—Enovex is looking for other uses for the carbon, nitrogen and water it would sequester from coal power plants such as feeding the carbon to algae to create bio-fuel. Enovex also provides consulting services to help business leaders understand where they could improve on each aspect of the organization—and its impacts on people, profits and the planet—in order to develop a more sustainable business plan, allowing for more environmental accountability, more scalability and less performance issues. Scott Walton, President of Enovex, will participate on “Rising Star Panel I: Up & Coming Companies”, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The Ritz Carlton, Denver.

• Green Power Labs Inc. (www.greenpowerlabs.com): Advanced solar power forecasting solutions are required to address the variability of solar power generation. Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Green Power Labs’ SolarSatData™ is a state-of-the-art solar power forecasting technology and service for utility-scale and distributed solar PV generation facilities. SolarSatData™ provides customers with new incremental annual operational cost savings between $1.6 million and $2.6 million per 100 megawatts of installed solar PV. Dr. Alexandre Pavlovski, P.Eng., President & CEO, Green Power Labs Inc., will participate on “Rising Star Panel I: Up & Coming Companies”, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The Ritz Carlton, Denver.

• BioDiesel Reactor (BDR) Technologies Inc. (www.bdrtechnologies.com): Located in Ottawa, Ontario, BDR’s propriety membrane reactor system produces high quality biodiesel that surpasses industry quality specifications and provides significant capital, operating and input cost savings to our customers. More specifically, this technology provides biodiesel producers with: a cost-effective solution to address the fuel filter plugging quality issues of biodiesel-diesel blends; improved processing margins; and flexibility to reduce input costs by utilizing low cost-FFA (free fatty acid) waste oils and next generation feedstocks (e.g. algae) without costly pre-treatment for FFAs or distillation of the final product. BDR’s technology can be used to retrofit existing, uneconomical and feedstock constrained production facilities as well as for new builds. Ken Lawless, President & CEO at BDR Technologies, will participate on “Rising Star Panel II: Up & Coming Companies”, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at The Ritz Carlton, Denver.

In addition, several Canadian experts in the renewable energy and clean-tech sectors will be participating at the Forum as guest speakers. These key experts include:

• Milfred Hammerbacher, President; Canadian Solar Solutions Inc
• Janice Larson, Director; Renewable Energy Department, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
• Robert Peterman, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange; Head, Business Development – Technology
• Representative from Finavera Wind Energy
“As the number one energy provider and partner to the United States, Canada is committed to growing its renewable portfolio and making its energy production cleaner by increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energy production and reducing environmental impacts from conventional sources,” said Ladan Amirazizi, Acting Consul General of Canada at the Consulate in Denver. “In fact, with 8,500 firms which employ more than a quarter of a million people and generate nearly $2 billion in exports annually, our clean-tech sector is currently one of the main drivers of Canada’s overall economy. Canadian companies in the renewable energy sector are continuing to research and develop innovative and clean technologies poised to help North America meet its growing energy demands.”

Furthermore, Amirazizi explains that the Government of Canada has introduced a number of initiatives, including $1.5 billion invested to increase Canada’s energy supplies from renewable sources such as solar, tidal, hydro, wind, biomass and geothermal power, and roughly three-fourths of Canada’s electricity generation is non-GHG emitting.

Attendees at the Modern Energy Investors Forum who want to participate in this international partnering opportunity should contact Guillaume Parent, Trade Commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, at (303) 718-4774 (mobile) or guillaume.parent@international.gc.ca. For more information about Canada’s capacity in each of these renewable energy sources, or for more information about the Government of Canada’s representation in the four-state Rocky Mountain region of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, visit the website at http://www.denver.gc.ca. For press inquiries regarding the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, contact Jennifer Cook, Communications Officer, at (303) 626-0672 or at jennifer.cook@international.gc.ca.

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OTTN at OCE Discovery 11

OTTN was well represented at OCE Discovery 11 event in Toronto May 18, 19 with our double booth located near one of the amphitheatres. Two spin-off companies (Simon Goulet and Isabella Steffensen from Therapeutic Monitoring Systems and Sheldon Stevens Privacy Analytics), one student in the business case competition (David Shapiro) and four OTTN staff attended. OCE Discovery 11 featured keynote presentations from leading innovators and entrepreneurs (David Thompson and Bill Buxton) and simultaneous sessions on all aspects of technology development and commercialization. Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water. According to OCE there were close to 2,500 attendees and more than 325 exhibitors. Joe Irvine and Simon Goulet (TMS) participated in a panel on Wednesday entitled Prospering from Ontario’s Technology Transfer Partnerships: An Industry Academic Perspective” and their presentations focused on the technology development requirements of innovation from a hospital (OHRI) based research perspective.

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uOttawa at the Innovation and the Human Brain Symposium

Innovation and the Human Brain was a Leadership Summit jointly organized by IBM, the Public Policy Forum and Baycrest and held at IBM Canada’s Markham Software labs. This year the focus was on the human brain, and the science and innovation which is spurring Ontario to become a world leader in neuroscience. In addition to speakers from UWO, York, Baycrest, NSERC and the new Ontario Brain Institute, Dr Anthony Krantis, Director Centre for Research in BioPharmaceuticals and Biotechnology uOttawa and founder of OTTN spin-off company QBM Cell Sciences spoke about the cryopreserved neurons and global network for brain reconstruction. uOttawa was well represented with participants from the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering as well as from CCS and OTTN. Presentations are available at the Public Policy Forum website  http://www.ppforum.ca/events/innovation-brain

10th Annual Re$earch Money Conference a Success

Research Money held its 10th Annual Conference entitled “Priming the Pump: The Role of Government Research Support in Business Innovation” in Ottawa May 11 and 12. Ron Freedman, Jeffrey Crelinsten and Mark Henderson put together a program highlighting the best in government-industry interaction and innovation policy with speakers and panelists from across Europe and Canada highlighting best practices and lessons learned. Some of the presentations are available at the Re$earch Money website.

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OTTN/uOttawa at CAURA

OTTN participated as speakers/panellists at three sessions at the 40th Annual CAURA meeting held in Ottawa May 15-18. Sean Flanigan and Joe Irvine participated in the Research Contracts II workshop on Sunday (along with Morag Cowell, NRC and Session Chair Neil Campbell, U Calgary) and spoke about the lessons we can learn from the Lambert UK agreements. Sean outlined the use of one of the Lambert template agreements in the SME4SME program and participated in the mock negotiation session.
Sean Flanigan also participated in the Engaging Industry panel session on Monday, outlining how the SME4SME program helped to engage new companies to work with uOttawa/OTTN. Joe Irvine was a panellist in a Tuesday session entitled Where Do Your Adjuncts Come From?” with Elizabeth White, NRC and Dr. Subash Sad, NRC and a uOttawa adjunct professor.
This program included many panelists and more registrants from uOttawa and was for CAURA a record setting attendance with over 500 registrants. Our cool and rainy weather meant most registrants stayed in the sessions rather than enjoying the tulips or other tourist attractions.

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OCRI Awards Feature uOttawa Researchers and Students

Last night the 2011 OCRI Awards were held with over 500 attendees from industry and the research and education communities. A complete list of winners can be found here.

From uOttawa, notable among the winners were OCRI Researcher of the Year Dr. Ben Tsang Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa in recognition of his research in the area of diagnosis and treatment of female infertility, ovarian cancer and pregnancy complications. Dr. Stephany Bennett (Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa) was also a finalist for the award. Read more of this post

RTTO et PARTEQ créent un nouveau réseau pour commercialiser l’innovation dans l’est de l’Ontario

Les universités et instituts de recherche de l’est de l’Ontario, y compris leurs bureaux de valorisation de la recherche, unissent leurs efforts pour accroître la capacité d’innovation dans la région.

Au sein du nouveau Réseau pour la valorisation de la recherche de la Rideau (Rideau Commercialization Network), les experts du RTTO (Réseau de transfert de technologie d’Ottawa) et de PARTEQ offriront savoir-faire et ressources pour commercialiser les découvertes émanant du milieu universitaire de l’est de l’Ontario et ainsi augmenter leur impact.

Le nouveau réseau a reçu 1 million de dollars dans le cadre du programme de partenariat de transfert de technologie des Centres d’excellence de l’Ontario. Les fonds serviront à l’embauche de personnel ainsi qu’à des projets d’infrastructure et de démonstration de principe.  Read more of this post

OTTN and PARTEQ create the Rideau Commercialization Network to bring Eastern Ontario innovations to market

Eastern Ontario’s universities and research institutes and their research commercialization offices are joining forces to grow the region’s innovation capacity.

Working together as the Rideau Commercialization Network, research commercialization experts at OTTN (the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network) and PARTEQ aim to increase the impact of innovations from Eastern Ontario’s academic research base by sharing their expertise and resources to advance these discoveries towards the market.

The new Rideau Commercialization Network was awarded $1 million from the Ontario Centres of Excellence Technology Transfer Partnership (OCE-TTP) program for staffing, infrastructure and Proof-of-Principle (PoP) project funding.  Read more of this post

uOttawa Spin-off company (BDR Technologies) named a Top Innovator by youngStartup Ventures

BDR Technologies Named a Top Innovator -Award Recognizes Cutting Edge Private Companies Driving the Future of Innovation

BIODIESEL REACTOR (BDR) TECHNOLOGIES announced today that it has been selected to present as one of 70 Top Innovators at the annual New England Venture Summit by youngStartup Ventures. The list of privately held companies recognizes those that play a leading role in innovation for the Technology, Life Sciences and Clean-tech sectors.

As one of the Top Innovators chosen, Ken Lawless, CEO of BDR Technologies, will present the company at the exclusive 2010 New England Venture Summit on December 15th at the Hilton Boston Dedham, where a select group of over 400 entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate developers will gather to be the first to meet this next wave of leading edge companies. For more information on the summit see: http://www.youngstartup.com/newengland2010/overview.php

BDR Technologies Inc. is an Ottawa-based clean energy company that provides innovative process solutions for the global biodiesel industry. BDR’s novel membrane reactor generates high quality biodiesel, exceeding industry standards (and the more stringent standards demanded by big oil), at significantly reduced capital and operating costs, without the need for costly downstream distillation of the final product. The technology was developed at the University of Ottawa and has been licensed exclusively to BDR. A four million litre per year demonstration plant is in development and is projected to be commissioned in late 2011.