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What's New at AI Bio

For media, clients and stakeholders. A database offering the latest news from AI Bio, including: news releases, information bulletins, and news flashes

Collaboration Cultivates Innovation

Making innovation work for Alberta is the key to unlocking our economic potential, creating new knowledge and new jobs, and moving great ideas into real global potential...At Alberta Innovates, we understand that developing a great idea into a new technology, product, process or therapy is never a given. It means taking risks, using a broad array of supports, and investing the time and input of many people working together, across disciplines, sectors and areas of expertise.

News Flash | October 03, 2016
Bioindustrial innovation investment diversifies economy and creates jobs

Biotechnology company Ceapro Inc. is expanding! Ceapro has opened a new, state-of-the-art bioprocessing facility in Edmonton, thanks in part to scale-up and commercialization funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. The company is known for its oat extracts in name-brand skin products such as Aveeno and Dove. 

News Release | September 28, 2016
Polyol made from canola oil leading to new, greener products

Bio-based spray foam, and wall and roofing panels, are among the environmentally friendly products being commercialized thanks to a new conversion process developed by University of Alberta researchers, funded by AI Bio.

News Flash | August 25, 2016
New round of AI Bio research and innovation funding aimed at growing sustainable bioeconomy in Alberta

EDMONTON -Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies. The grants are for the development of new industrial bioproducts or technologies using Alberta agriculture and forestry byproducts or other biomass.

News Release | July 27, 2016
Innovative Drayton Valley firm eyes auto parts market

After a decade of perseverance, a bioindustrial startup supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is reaching the commercialization stage: Edmonton Journal.

News Flash | July 04, 2016
CNC with expanded polystyrene foam on cusp of commercialization

"Your interest in searching and researching bio solutions has made it a great year for AI Bio," announced Steve Price, CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) at this year's 6th Annual Impact Innovation event held recently in Edmonton. Emceed by former Discovery Channel personality and Calgary resident Jay Ingram, Impact Innovation provides AI Bio with an opportunity to showcase some of its supported projects. Many projects aim to provide the forest industry with opportunities to diversify its markets with novel building and biomaterials extracted from wood fibre.

News Flash | June 30, 2016
Career Position Available - CEO of Alberta Innovates

Edmonton, AB - Make innovation Alberta's provincial resource. As CEO you will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to a newly consolidated corporation dedicated to building a strong innovation eco-system that builds on Alberta's strengths, creates a more diversified economy and delivers value for money. To express your interest in this opportunity, please submit your resume and related information to Monica Simpson at or online.

News Flash | June 06, 2016
Ceapro posts best results to-date

Edmonton...Ceapro Inc. Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update - Ceapro posts highest quarterly revenues reported in Company's history - Expected commencement of clinical program with avenanthramides as anti-inflammatory compound before year end - Pilot clinical study to develop beta glucan as a cholesterol reducer on track to initiate in Q3 2016. AI Bio has financially supported Ceapro.

News Flash | May 18, 2016
Government Moving Forward on Research and Innovation

Government would control spending, create jobs and diversify the economy with the proposed creation of a single Alberta Innovates entity. Bill 11 proposes to merge four existing Alberta Innovates corporations into one. This leaner entity would build on the strengths of each corporation while enabling a stronger, more responsive research and innovation system. This change would make it easier for Alberta companies, innovators and researchers to get opportunities and develop connections across the province and beyond.  Bill 11: Alberta Research and Innovation Amendment Act, 2016

News Release | May 02, 2016
Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints Board of Directors for Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions

O.C. 92/2016 - ALBERTA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT (section 7); ALBERTA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION REGULATION (section 3) - Appoints several persons to the board of directors of Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions, for various terms and designates Judy Fairburn as Chair and Doug Gilpin as Vice-chair of the board of directors of Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions.

Photos and biographies of AI Bio's new Board of Directors are available on the main Alberta Innovates website under the tab  Senior Leadership.

News Flash | April 15, 2016
Innovative Alberta pulp mill to recover wood byproduct for transformation into green bioproducts

EDMONTON - Alberta is home to the first commercial-scale plant in Canadato extract a natural substance in trees called lignin for the development of sustainable new value-added products. West Fraser, a diversified forest products company with operations across Western Canada, has built the new plant at its pulp mill in Hinton, Alta. The state-of-the art facility will recover lignin from the pulping operation using a novel technology, and transform this wood byproduct into useful, environmentally friendly bioproducts. AI Bio contributed $3 million toward the plant, which began production in March 2016.

News Release | April 06, 2016
New Edmonton biorefinery to convert non-food plant oils, fats into renewable transportation fuels

EDMONTON - An Edmonton company is reaching the final stage of its project to build a biorefinery that will convert non-food canola oil and waste fats into next-generation, renewable transportation fuels that can replace or blend with conventional fuels. The company, SBI BioEnergy, has been working on scaling up its novel "catalytic" processing technology for the past three years, thanks to $1.4 million in funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio). The process creates no emissions, generates no waste and costs less than other alternative fuel technologies.

News Release | March 10, 2016
New Alberta Innovates grants aimed at development of commercial applications of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

EDMONTON, Canada - Two AIberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for R&D projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial. The new program, called CNC Challenge 2.0, is intended to support early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in high-value applications with potential for commercialization. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF) will support up to eight projects.

Information Bulletin | March 08, 2016
New E.Coli rapid detection test will improve food safety

New E.Coli rapid detection test will be able to identify spoiled food before it leaves the plant. The test developed by University of Alberta researchers can be done in less than six hours.  Currently, testing takes 24 to 48 hours. Watch video by Alberta PrimeTime to learn more.

News Flash | March 07, 2016
Stories, events and funding call in AI Bio's March 2016 e-newsletter

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' March 2016 e-newsletter offers a glimpse into the meaningful science it supports. Read stories on how science is: helping Alberta farmers break into the lentils game, developing food products like those of Dr Kevin Swallow, monitoring large carnivores like grizzly bears, understanding the feed efficiency of a cattle herd in southeastern Alberta, cross-seeding ideas between cancer and Alzheimer's research, and more. Register for Impact Innovation 2016 and Land Use 2016. Apply for cellulose nanocrystalline project funding. 

News Flash | March 07, 2016
Ceapro enters research partnership with McMaster University

Ceapro Inc., an Edmonton biotechnology company supported by AI Bio, has announced a strategic research collaboration with McMaster University to advance Ceapro's application of its PGX technology. Two McMaster researchers have received a grant of $370,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support the research partnership. This follows an earlier grant to Ceapro from NSERC, in November 2015, for up to $350,000, for the development, demonstration and testing of the PGX technology. 

AI Bio has also committed funding ($800,000) to Ceapro, for the scale-up of its PGX technology. Implementation of PGX at a commercial scale has the potential to generate many novel bio-based products with improved purity and functionality and grow the bioindustrial sector in Alberta.

News Flash | March 02, 2016
Thats a Wrap

A research team from the University of Alberta, supported by AI Bio, has created a starch-based bioactive film made from potato waste that's both eco-friendly and rich in antioxidants. This article appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Spud Smart magazine and is reprinted with the permission of the publisher, Issues Ink.

News Flash | February 19, 2016
Bioindustrial Conference shines timely light on Alberta

Just one day after the Alberta government announced its ClimateLeadership Plan, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) and the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) co-hosted a conference in Edmonton titled, "Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change."

News Flash | February 15, 2016
Alberta database to provide investment grade data on biomass resources

Alberta has reached the final stage in its quest to provide comprehensive public data on the quality, quantity and availability of forest and other biomass resources.

News Flash | January 18, 2016