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  Sep. 24, 2015           News Release

Biological GHG Management Program Funds Waste Characterization Study for the City of Lethbridge

Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has committed millions of dollars in funding to five projects that are helping Alberta municipalities adapt to climate change and improve landfill practices. The Waste Characterization Study for the City of Lethbridge receives $69,000 from the CCEMC-AI Bio Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program.

  Sep. 16, 2015           Info Bulletin

Funding call opens for research and innovation projects to develop new bioindustrial products or technologies

EDMONTON, Canada - Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has launched a new funding program, "Alberta Bio Future, Research and Innovation," aimed at advancing knowledge that accelerates growth of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies for the benefit of Albertans.

  Sep. 08, 2015           News Flash

Carleton profs developing smart fertilizer that deploys only when plants tell it to

Carleton University chemistry professor Maria DeRosa and adjunct professor Carlos Monreal are developing a smart fertilizer that waits to release its nutrients until crops tell it to do so. Currently, unused or excess fertilizer often ends up in lakes and water ways where it creates algae blooms. A more efficient and cost-effective fertilizer can play a leading role in increasing crop yields and addressing malnutrition issues, as well as reducing the amount of fertilizer that farmers need to use, resulting in cost savings. This project has received support from Coop Fédérée and Agrium, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

  Sep. 03, 2015           News Flash

Cigi milling project shows significant potential for Canadian food barley

Cigi has been investigating better ways to mill Canadian food (hulless) barley into flour which may increase its potential for commercial use as a healthy ingredient...Funded by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions with food barley varieties supplied by the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC), the project was carried out by Cigi's milling and analytical services areas. Work focused on developing milling techniques and other information that would improve the competitiveness of flour produced from Canadian food barley and wheat in health food and ingredient markets.

  Sep. 01, 2015           News Flash

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions issues September newsletter

  Aug. 20, 2015           News Flash

Murray the face of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' presence at University of Lethbridge

The shingle is out and Dr. Christine Murray is eager to let the University of Lethbridge campus know that Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is ready to support innovation in southern Alberta's agriculture, forestry and life sciences sectors. Dr. Christine Murray's role with AI Bio, where she started in 2010, includes all aspects of the research funding process and strategic development within AI Bio. Murray, who has set up shop in Markin Hall (M4009), urges U of L faculty and staff to contact her with any questions or ideas that may be related to AI Bio funding and programming. She will be visible on campus and can be contacted at 403-382-7188 or christine.murray@albertainnovates.ca.

  Jul. 22, 2015           News Flash

Livestock Gentec scientist and team awarded $10 million for dairy genomics study

Edmonton...New funding to increase feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in Canada's dairy industry. $10.3 million for a Genome Alberta - Ontario-led research team...The research team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior of the University of Guelph and Dr. Paul Stothard from Livestock Gentec (an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Centre) at the University of Alberta want to change that by using the latest genomic approaches and the award-winning phenotyping platform developed by Growsafe here in Alberta, to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection.

  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.

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