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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
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
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
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