Lambton College Receives $2.75M in Research Funding to Support Bio-Industry

SARNIA, September 26, 2019 – The bio-industry received a local boost after Lambton College Research & Innovation announced the receipt of two separate grants totalling $2.7M. The new funding, announced today during the 2nd Annual BioDesign Conference, will be used to support bio-focused companies with their research, development, and innovation needs.

The first grant, valued at $1.75M over five years, was received on behalf of the Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Technology Access Centre (TAC). The funding is meant to support the transition of the College’s current Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre (BPRC) into a Technology Access Centre (TAC). This goal is to allow the BPRC to expand its existing services and capacity to provide a more robust portfolio of applied research, technical, and specialized training services.

As part of the College’s Centre of Excellence for Energy and Bioindustrial Technologies, the new BPRC TAC will serve as an “Innovation Hub” for local, provincial ,and national Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the bio-industrial sector. The Centre will focus on areas of fermentation and distillation, biofuels, biochemical, cultivation, extraction, chemical analysis, and instrumentation & process control of bioprocess.

The second grant, also courtesy of NSERC, was presented in the amount of $1M over five years to establish a new Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) to form an Advanced Biotechnology and Natural Health Product Research Group. The new IRCC position will be held by Dr. Baoling Chen and will aid local and regional SMEs with their Research & Development (R&D) projects, enhancing applied research capacity at the College with a focus on developing advanced, affordable biomaterials and natural health products.

“The Bioindustrial Process Research Centre as a Technology Access Centre and the newly established IRCC position at Lambton College will add critical components to enable economic growth for our region, our province, and across the country,” said Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Executive Dean, Research & Innovation, Lambton College. “These new initiatives will allow our College to provide positive social, environmental and health impact as well as build a platform for training highly qualified people for the biotechnology industry.”

The funding announcement was just one item included the BioDesign Conference agenda, hosted by the College in partnership with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. The Conference was comprised of four panels centered on Establishing Biomass Supply and Stewardship, Building Strong Bio Companies and Value Chains, Sustainable Ecosystems, and a BioDesign Workshop. Current bio-related research projects and partnerships were also presented to the more than 100 participants attending from across Canada.

Guests of the day-long event were provided an opportunity to learn how to further enable the Canadian bio-economy strategy.

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Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
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