Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Saskatoon's Plants for Health & Wellness Industry Gets Boost from Government of Canada

Abstract:
$5 million committed to building public-private S&T-based partnerships

Saskatoon's Plants for Health & Wellness Industry Gets Boost from Government of Canada

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, Canada | Posted on April 18th, 2008

The Government of Canada today announced that it is investing $5 million in the development of plant-based products that improve the health and wellness of Canadians. Representing the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for NRC, the Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, confirmed support for NRC's Plants for Health and Wellness cluster initiative at an event with local private sector, government and university stakeholders.

"Saskatoon is an excellent example of a city that has mobilized public and private sector entrepreneurs to capture the ingenuity of the province's agricultural base and become a world leader in agricultural biotechnology products," said Mrs. Skelton. "Guided by our Science and Technology Strategy unveiled in May of last year by Prime Minister Harper and reaffirmed in Budget 2008, we are committed to bringing people, knowledge, and entrepreneurial drive together to turn science and technology developments into innovations that solve problems and create opportunities for Canadians."

NRC's Plants for Health and Wellness cluster initiative is a public-private partnership that between industry, universities and colleges and all levels of government, which is focused on building a competitive advantage for Canada through discovery and innovation. Cluster building activities in Saskatoon have attracted risk capital and highly qualified people to the region, and have enabled the private sector to make greater investments in R&D.

"NRC's cluster building activities in Saskatoon are focused on ensuring that groundbreaking R&D is making its way out of the labs to the marketplace, and into the hands and homes of Canadians," said Dr. Pierre Coulombe, NRC President. "We have proven that this regional approach to boosting Canada's knowledge, people and entrepreneurial advantages works."

The three year investment announced today is part of a $118 million envelope for NRC initiatives that support innovative communities across Western and Central Canada- Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies in Vancouver; Nanotechnology in Edmonton; Plants for Health and Wellness in Saskatoon; Biomedical Technologies in Winnipeg; Photonics in Ottawa and Aluminium Transformation in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region.

In addition to six Western and Central Canada technology cluster initiatives, NRC also supports clusters in Regina: Sustainable Infrastructure; Fredericton/Moncton: Information Technology and e-Business; Halifax: Life Sciences; Charlottetown: Nutrisciences and Health and St. John's: Ocean Technologies.

About Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Natural Health Products

- Functional Foods - Functional foods are foods consumed as part of a usual diet that have a known health benefit and/or reduce the risk of chronic disease beyond basic nutritional functions (e.g. calcium-enriched fruit juice).

- Nutraceuticals - Nutraceuticals are products isolated or purified from foods that have a known health benefit or provide protection against chronic disease (e.g. omega-3 fatty acids, lycopene, carotene).

- Natural health products - Natural health products include vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines, probiotics, and products like amino acids and essential fatty acids. They are available without a prescription and include nutraceuticals.

About Saskatoon's Plants for Health and Wellness Cluster

Saskatoon is home to more than 60 companies engaged in ground-breaking agricultural biotechnology R&D - 30 percent of Canada's activity in the field. Saskatoon's plants for health and wellness cluster has expanded into many markets that respond to consumer interest in products that improve health and wellness. These markets include functional foods, nutraceuticals and plant-made pharmaceuticals. The cluster ranks as one of the most competitive cities in the world for food processing operations. Annual revenues from the cluster total nearly $1 billion.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute
Wilf Keller
Acting Director General
306-975-5569


or

Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry
Deirdra McCracken
Press Secretary
613-995-9001

or

National Research Council Canada
Leslie Meerburg
NRC Media Relations
613-990-1572


or

National Research Council Canada
Natalie Hall
NRC Media Relations
613-990-6091

Copyright © Marketwire

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter: Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function October 31st, 2014

Gold nanoparticle chains confine light to the nanoscale October 31st, 2014

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing October 31st, 2014

Device invented at Johns Hopkins provides up-close look at cancer on the move: Microscopic view of metastasis could give insight about how to keep cancer in check October 31st, 2014

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Gold nanoparticle chains confine light to the nanoscale October 31st, 2014

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing October 31st, 2014

Device invented at Johns Hopkins provides up-close look at cancer on the move: Microscopic view of metastasis could give insight about how to keep cancer in check October 31st, 2014

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection October 29th, 2014

Announcements

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter: Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function October 31st, 2014

Gold nanoparticle chains confine light to the nanoscale October 31st, 2014

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing October 31st, 2014

Device invented at Johns Hopkins provides up-close look at cancer on the move: Microscopic view of metastasis could give insight about how to keep cancer in check October 31st, 2014

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection October 29th, 2014

European Commission opens the gate towards the implementation of Nanomedicine Translation Hub October 16th, 2014

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to Streamline New CMOS-based Infrared Sensing Modules Dedicated to Human-activities Characterization October 15th, 2014

New VDMA Association "Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies" founded: Inaugural Meeting in Frankfurt/Main, Germany October 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE





  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE