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

CNC-reinforced lightweight sandwich structure making strides with AI Bio support

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) are a high value material that can be extracted from wood fibre. University of Alberta researchers are investigating how adding CNC to polystyrene components of a lightweight composite sandwich structure can produce a stiffer and stronger product, with potential applications in the construction, automotive and aerospace industries.

News Flash | December 04, 2013
NR Farming 4R Land Phase 2

Farming 4R Land Phase II supports implementation of Alberta's Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP), which enables farmers to qualify for carbon offsets within the Alberta offset protocol system.

News Release | December 03, 2013
U of A spin-off company game changer for renewable fuels industry

A University of Alberta spinoff company commercializing technology developed by a Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researcher is introducing the next-generation of renewable fuels. Almost 10 years in the making, Forge Hydrocarbons is commercializing a patented conversion process developed by David Bressler that takes agricultural feed stocks like animal fat, such as beef tallow, crop seed oil and even restaurant grease, and converts them into 'drop in' fuels.

[David Bressler is Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network, which is supported by AI Bio.]
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News Release | November 22, 2013
$4 million in funding announced for UAlberta biodiversity conservation chair program

The University of Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs program received $4 million in funding to create two chairs that will focus on biodiversity challenges related to the energy sector, it announced today.

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News Release | November 20, 2013
Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Keyano College to host public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Hermann Schätzl, Professor, University of Calgary; Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta; and Holger Wille, Associate Professor, University of Alberta.

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News Release | October 28, 2013
AIBIO Funds New Research Chair to Support Forestry Bio-initiatives

Dr. Amit Kumar, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the U of A, has been appointed to the new Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering.

News Flash | October 03, 2013
Getting in the kNOw in GeNOmics

Livestock Gentec and its partners offer up a fun, informative video to get livestock producers interested in applying genomics to agriculture. Through a blend of video and animation of whiteboard sketches, viewers learn about the benefits of breed selection using the science of genomics and how genomic testing is done.  Livestock Gentec is an Alberta Innovates Centre and is funded, in part, by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

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News Flash | October 02, 2013
Food innovation offers major benefits to health and agriculture

CALGARY…Conference speakers share discoveries that change the way we think about food. Researchers are making exciting discoveries leading to new ideas about the connection between food and health. Two speakers at the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 2013 held September 15 to 18, 2013 in Calgary illustrated how investment in food innovation could have major benefits in terms of human health, and what that might mean for the agriculture sector. 

News Release | September 19, 2013
Innovation the secret to future gains in forestry, agriculture and energy

CALGARY…Conference speakers discuss challenges and need for new solutions, Integration between Alberta's energy sector and its agriculture and forestry industries could have major economic benefits for all parties while improving environmental sustainability, but who needs to integrate and how is changing. That was one of the messages delivered on Tuesday, September 17, at the 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference, and it's a challenge those that support innovation and the province's bioeconomy are more than willing to accept.

News Release | September 18, 2013
Funding Awarded to Detect E.Coli in Food Processing Facilities

Calgary...Genome Alberta is pleased to announce on behalf of our funding partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the results of our collective funding competition for the rapid detection of pathogenic E.coli. Each of the two successful applications will receive $500,000 in new funding. The successful projects will leverage this investment with additional funding to bring the total investment to $1.6 million over the 18 month life of the projects.

News Release | July 15, 2013
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions awards $1.3 million for six bioindustrial research projects

EDMONTON...Projects to support green building products, bioplastic and biochar. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is funding six new bioindustrial projects through its Bioindustrial Research and Innovation Program 2012-13. This targeted program aims to stimulate development of new bioindustrial products and processes from biomass and may lead to new business opportunities for the forest and agricultural sectors in Alberta and Canada.

News Release | June 18, 2013
NRC construction researcher receives grant funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

MONTREAL...Building code certification is next step for structural insulated panels. Dr. Jon Makar from the Ottawa-based National Research Council and his research team have been awarded $180,000 in grant funding from the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' Bioindustrial Research and Innovation program for research on a new green building product.

News Release | June 17, 2013
$4.4 M investment in energy and environmental engineering research at University of Alberta

Edmonton-A new national research program established today at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering strengthens the ability of industry and government to make evidence-based decisions about energy pathways and resources while finding ways to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Amit Kumar, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been appointed as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada / Cenovus / Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering and is the inaugural chairholder of the Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering. View photos.

News Release | June 17, 2013
Researchers explore use of forestry, agriculture byproducts to help cut oil sands greenhouse gasses

University of Calgary scientists are investigating how "Alberta-grown" biomass - such as straw and wood left over from agricultural and forestry operations - could be used to clean up chemical contaminants in water from oil sands operations...This research project received $57,500 from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) through the Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

News Release | June 03, 2013
Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCCEMC) Corporation and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

EDMONTON - Projects support biofiltration, biocarbon and farmers implementing greenhouse gas offsets. The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is funding three new
initiatives through its Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

News Release | May 31, 2013
Discovery may explain how prion diseases spread between different types of animals

Edmonton...Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have made a discovery that may explain how prion diseases, like chronic wasting disease and mad cow disease, adapt in order to spread between various types of animals. ...funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, PrioNet Canada, and the Alberta Prion Research Institute, a program of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

News Release | March 11, 2013
Food - Consumer Interest and Future Demand

Dr. Sven Anders, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta made a presentation to the Board of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions on the uppcoming opportunities and challenges in the global food sector by. Visit to learn about AI Bio's focus on quality food.

News Flash | February 26, 2013
Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation launches $35 million international challenge to find useful applications for carbon

EDMONTON -Alberta's first Grand Challenge seeks to move carbon from liability to asset. The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is seeking innovative ideas from around the world for a $35 million open innovation challenge that will create new, carbon-based products and markets. The grand challenge is the first ever initiated by an organization in Alberta, Canada. It is expected to identify multiple technologies that could provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by transforming carbon from a liability into an asset. The CCEMC Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses, draws on a broad network of supporters that includes ... Alberta Innovates -- Energy and Environment Solutions, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures.

News Release | February 21, 2013
Market Prospects for Nanocellulose

A presentation at an Alberta Biomaterials Development seminar on potential opportunities for nanocellulose, including in packaging and auto industry, by Dr. Bruce Lyne, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Visit to learn about AI Bio's focus on advancing the bioeconomy, including in the area of nanocellulose.

News Flash | February 12, 2013
Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions announce funding for a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to agricultural fertilizer use

EDMONTON --Farming 4R Land project provides assessment framework to help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve profitability. The CCEMC is providing nearly $200,000 in financial support for a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to fertilizer use. This is the first project funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the CCEMC.

News Release | January 29, 2013