This year the bio-industry received a local boost after Lambton College Research & Innovation announced the receipt of two separate grants totalling $2.75M. The new funding 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).
TAC provides funding that helps private partners, especially SMEs, access specialized technology, equipment and expertise, as well as funding to partners to help enhance their productivity and innovation needs.
This goal of BPRC-TAC is to expand its existing services and capacity to provide a more robust portfolio of applied research, technical, and specialized training services.
In addition to BPRC becoming a TAC, Lambton College faculty, Dr. Baoling Chen (pictured), was approved to be the 2019 Industrial Research Chair of College (IRCC) chair holder for the Advanced Biotechnology and Natural Health Products Research group.
The research group focuses on developing advance, affordable biomaterials, natural health products, advanced manufacturing and product quality control.
In this new role, Dr. Chen will continue to build and grow the research group to aid local and regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with their research and development projects, enhance applied research capacity at the College, train highly qualified personnel, and continually improve the College’s technology programs.