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  Jul. 15, 2015           News Release

DuPont Pioneer opens new corn facility

DuPont Pioneer opened a new facility in the County of Lethbridge, July 8 that will work to develop ultra-early maturity corn hybrids. As well, the facility will be used to develop canola hybrids and soybean varieties for the area...Funding for this facility was provided by the Alberta Government, the Alberta Crop Industry Fund as well as Alberta Innovates Bio solutions. Getting the funding helped DuPont Pioneer get this facility up and running much sooner. 



  Jul. 06, 2015           Info Bulletin

Funding call opens for pre-commercial projects developing new bioindustrial products or technologies

EDMONTON … Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has launched a new funding program, "Alberta Bio Future Product and Technology Commercialization,"  aimed at helping companies with pre-commercial or commercial development of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies.



  Jul. 04, 2015           News Flash

Impact Innovation 2015 presentations available online

It was a full house at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, Zeidler Hall for AI Bio's annual public lecture event. The three-hour program on May 13, 2015, featured six researchers whose important work is supported by AI Bio. The speakers presented on a wide range of interesting topics, including remediation of contaminated sites, effect of climate change on Alberta's forest fire season and Alzheimer's research. If you couldn't make it to the event or would like to see one or more of the presentations again, videos and powerpoint presenations of each speaker are posted to the event webpage, Impact Innovation 2015. Now mark your calendar for Impact Innovation 2016! It will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Check the event webpage in spring 2016 for more details.





  Jul. 04, 2015           News Flash

Ingredients for Success conference presentations available online

What a success! AI Bio hosted "Ingredients for Success: the Conference on Food Innovation 2015" on May 26 and 27, 2015 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, in Calgary. Of the 162 attendees, 61 attendees represented food processors or food related businesses and 10 were from commodity associations. The program was compelling enough to keep attendees in their seats to the very last minute! Attendees learned the latest about food innovation on day one, and about food safety on day two. Held in conjunction with the conference were the Alberta Food Awards hosted by the Alberta Food Processors Association. Winner of the AI Bio-sponsored award of "Most Innovative food ingredient, food product or beverage with Alberta grown/raised ingredients" was Mountain Meadows Food Processing (Caryll and Norman Carruthers) with their "No Nuts Chocolate Peabutter portion paks." Photos, videos and the speakers' powerpoint presentations are posted on the event webpage.





  Jun. 30, 2015           News Release

AI-EES invests $1.5 Million in game-changing energy storage technology projects

Results from six projects to help harness renewable energy

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) announced $1.5 Million in funding for six new energy storage projects that aim to help the province meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy.

 



  May. 28, 2015           News Release

Scale-up of new Ceapro platform technology expected to generate high-quality bioproducts, increase potential for growth of Alberta bioindustrial sector

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - May 28, 2015 - Ceapro Inc.     (TSX-v: CZO) ("Ceapro" or the "Company"), a growth-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of active ingredients for the health-care and cosmetic industries, announced today it will embark on a scale-up of its proprietary PGX technology to commercial and demonstration levels.



  May. 14, 2015           News Flash

CCEMC offers $25 million per shovel-ready project

The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has $75 million (with a max of $25 million per project) available to support shovel ready projects that can reduce GHG emissions in Alberta. The focus is on any type of technology project, including biological, that can reduce emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be implemented before 2020. The deadline for submissions  is July 2, 2015.  Further details, including the submission guide and instructions,  are available at  http://ccemc.ca/proposals/shovel-ready-projects/.



  May. 12, 2015           News Release

Watch livestream of Jay Ingram and researchers talk science on May 13

Edmonton… Media and interested stakeholders are invited to attend the free Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Impact Innovation 2015 event or watch the livestream. Hosted by Jay Ingram, popular writer and broadcaster, Alberta researchers will share stories about using plants to reclaim land disturbed by industrial development, getting cash for restoring a wetland, predicting the next forest wildfire, the many amazing uses of wood-based cellulose nanocrystals (like pipeline coatings), improving food safety with a quick and easy test for E.coli, and using zebra fish to understand Alzheimer's disease.





  May. 08, 2015           News Flash

Opportunity for Alberta companies - grants available to attend international conference on industrial biotechnology

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) is providing support for five Alberta bio-based companies with agricultural ties to attend BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2015. The conference is being held in Montreal, QC, on July 19-22, 2015. Don't delay! Application deadline is May 15, 2015.





  May. 01, 2015           News Flash

Jay Ingram and Alberta researchers to talk science at Impact Innovation 2015

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions hosts its annual speaker session, Impact Innovation 2015, on May 13 at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Hosted by Jay Ingram, popular writer and broadcaster, Alberta researchers will share stories about using plants to reclaim land disturbed by industrial development, getting cash for restoring a wetland, predicting the next forest wildfire, the many amazing uses of wood-based cellulose nanocrystals like pipeline coatings, improving food safety with a quick and easy test for E.coli, and using zebra fish to understand Alzheimer's disease.

We are also streaming this event live!





  Apr. 20, 2015           News Flash

Golden Rice to receive 2015 humanitarian award from U.S. government

The Golden Rice Project has won the prestigious 2015 Patents for Humanity award on nutrition. Through this award, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes the vision of Ingo Potrykus, Peter Beyer, and Adrian Dubockfor creating the enabling conditions for smallholder farmers to benefit from Golden Rice. Potrykus and Beyer invented Golden Rice as a potential complement to the nutrition toolkit in the fight against vitamin A deficiency that afflicts about 190 million people globally.



  Mar. 31, 2015           News Flash

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions releases its 2015-18 business plan

As legislated in the Alberta Research and Innovation Regulation, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions submitted its 2015-18 business plan today to the Minister of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Outlined in the plan are research and innovation initiatives across six business lines to help grow and diversify Alberta's agriculture, food and forest sectors. In total, these sectors generated more than $30 billion in sales in 2013. The 161 active grant agreements AI Bio was managing as of March 2015, plus new ones to be launched in 2015-16, will very likely result in new or improved products, processes or services, leading to additional economic activity for the province.  In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the 39 projects that AI Bio closed may lead to 70 new innovations for the marketplace.

 



  Mar. 13, 2015           Info Bulletin

New AI Bio funding program aimed at leading-edge bioindustrial innovation, sustainability and diversification

EDMONTON …Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has introduced a major new funding program aimed at diversifying the provincial economy by accelerating growth of an emerging field with great potential for Alberta - the bioindustrial sector.

The new program, calledAlberta Bio Future(ABF), will also increase sustainability by promoting use of Alberta's renewable resources.



  Mar. 04, 2015           News Flash

Discovery adds health benefits to common Canadian crops

In addition to the nutritional value they already contain, common Canadian crops like canola and flax may soon have cancer fighting benefits too. Elzbieta Mietkiewska, a Research Associate with Phytola, an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Centre, isolated three genes from pomegranates and incorporated them into high-value oilseed crops adding punicic acid to its list of nutritional benefits. Punicic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been found to help slow the growth of skin, prostate and breast cancer cells.





  Feb. 24, 2015           News Release

Science and Economics Mix With Water in New Wetlands Research Project

EDMONTON, AB - Water will soon return to selected drained wetlands in Alberta, thanks to an innovative research project supported in part by a $390,000 investment by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. Today, the Alberta Land Institute launched the "Alberta's Living Laboratory - Wetlands Project", which will work in partnership with private land owners to better understand wetland restoration.



  Feb. 19, 2015           News Release

Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) funds seven projects valued at $3.2 million to address GHG emissions from biological sources

Edmonton - ..."The biological program is an important part of the CCEMC portfolio," said CCEMC Managing Director Kirk Andries. "These diverse projects demonstrate the range of opportunities available to tackle GHG emissions from biological sources, from reducing emissions in Alberta's agriculture sector, to examining the potential for completely new sources of costly diluents in the oil and gas industry." ...The Biological GHG Management Program is delivered in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.



  Jan. 26, 2015           News Release

Farmers Edge and Capital Power Sign Exclusive Agreement to Achieve Agricultural Sustainability for Farming 4R Land

Winnipeg, MB - Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced the closing of an exclusive agreement with Capital Power to develop carbon offsets eligible for use in the Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. This partnership formalizes the parties' April 2014 commitment to develop a project under the Alberta Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP). The project builds upon the Farming 4R Land Program, which was developed by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, and funded by Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Dec. 04, 2014           News Release

Ceapro Awarded Research Grant from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions to Develop Novel Formulations for Energy Drink

Ceapro Inc.  (TSX-V: CZO) ("Ceapro" or the "Company"), a growth-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of active ingredients for health care and cosmetic industries, announced today it has been awarded a non-reimbursable grant of $198,000 by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) to develop the Company's proprietary Beta Glucan formulation in combination with certain bioactives, for use in an energy drink.



  Nov. 19, 2014           News Release

AI-EES announces $2 Million call for proposals - next generation renewable energy storage technologies

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) announced they are making $2 Million in funding available to help develop the most promising next-generation energy storage technologies for Alberta. AI-EES is looking for technology providers - from Alberta and beyond - that have ideas for energy storage to enable and accelerate the deployment of wind and solar power in Alberta.

Application form and full Call for Proposal description  



  Nov. 13, 2014           News Release

Delta Genomics Centre Spin-Out from the University of Alberta

Delta Genomics Centre, a full-service DNA facility specializing in livestock genetic testing has officially spun-out of the University of Alberta's business incubation program to become a fee-for service non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the livestock industry. Delta Genomics is the service arm of Livestock Gentec, an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions centre.



  Nov. 07, 2014           News Flash

Resumes invited to fill CEO position at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Executive search firm, AltoPartners, invites qualified candidates to submit resumes for the position of Chief Executive Officer at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. For more information, visit http://bio.albertainnovates.ca/about/careers/

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.   



  Nov. 06, 2014           News Flash

Steve Price appointed Interim CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

The Board of Directors of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have appointed Steve Price as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. In addition to his responsibilities as AI Bio's Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation, Mr. Price will take on the responsibilities of CEO until a permanent candidate is selected.



  Nov. 05, 2014           News Flash

Presentations from Biological Solutions Forum 2014 available online

On October 1 to 2, 2014 more than 140 delegates from industry, finance, government and academia attended the "Biological Solutions Forum 2014 - Building the Business Case." It was hosted by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions in collaboration with the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. The event featured speakers talking about opportunities to use biological systems to reduce net GHG emissions in Alberta, while generating useful products and services with market potential.  The presentations from this event are available for viewing at http://bio.albertainnovates.ca/stratthemes/ecosystem-services/bioghg/events/forum-2014/



  Oct. 31, 2014           News Flash

Eddy Isaacs, Winner: 2014 Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community
Since earning his PhD at the University of Alberta in 1974, Dr. Eddy Isaacs has been promoting innovation in energy and the environment across Canada. As CEO of Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES), Isaacs continues to be an ambassador for Alberta's science and technology community.
Isaacs says that his transition into leadership roles occurred serendipitously. Opportunities presented themselves and he realized he was in a position to learn and benefit Alberta's energy and environment sectors.
"Once I started getting into it I saw that energy innovation is a critical component," says Isaacs. "Alberta is an energy province, very few jurisdictions in the world that have the magnitude of resources that we have here. It was a natural challenge but it was also an exciting opportunity."


  Oct. 31, 2014           News Release

Lucrative extract market uses ag and forest biomass

EDMONTON... Radient Technologies' commercial plant opens in Alberta. The door is open for Alberta farmers and forestry companies to grow specialty cash crops for their high value extracts right here in the province with the launch of the Radient Technologies commercial production plant in Edmonton.



  Oct. 24, 2014           News Release

Free Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with Lakeland College and Medicine Hat College to host free public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Lectures will be held in Lloydminster, Pincher Creek and Brooks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta.



  Oct. 17, 2014           News Release

NRCan Announces Funding for Clean Technology Project in Edmonton

The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced an investment of $1 million under Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII). The funding will support the InLine Dewatering of Oil Sands Tailings research and development project, which will conduct research into reducing water and energy use when extracting bitumen from Canada's oil sands.



  Jul. 21, 2014           News Release

Alberta aims innovation at economic development

The Innovation Council will act as a "system architect", providing vital oversight and advice to align priorities, advance strategic initiatives and clarify roles and responsibilities while providing advice to government on ways it can enhance research and innovation in the province.



  Jul. 09, 2014           News Release

GE Launches Global Ecomagination Innovation Challenge to Reduce GHG Emissions in Canada's Oil Sands

GE announced the launch of an up to CAD$1 million ecomagination open innovation challenge to help accelerate technology development in Canada's oil sands. The Innovation Challenge will target two of the biggest opportunities to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in the oil sands: new uses for waste heat and improved efficiency of steam generation.

Strategic advisors for the GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge include Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES)



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