$600,000 Awarded to the Recipients of the 2009 Commercialization of Agricultural Technology Competition
L to R: Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Harvey Sasaki; 3rd Place Winner, Innovative Food Systems, Perry Lidster; 2nd Place Winner, L.W. Truscott Farms, Gary and Susan Snow; 3rd Place Winner, AgriForest Biotech Ltd, Kamlesh Patel; 1st Place Winner, Daiya Foods, Greg Blake; Director of Research and Innovation of the Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, Ken Armour; and BC Innovation Council's CFO and VP, Business Development Lisa Payne; and Director of Life Sciences, Richard Hallman. (CNW Group/BC Innovation Council)
"I'd like to congratulate the recipients of the 2009 CAT Competition Awards who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in the commercialization of technology in our province, taking their creative ideas to the marketplace," said
Connecting science to business, BCIC's Innovation Summit 2010 featured industry expert panels who spoke on the trials and tribulations of running a successful startup, and company pitch sessions followed by one-to-one business partnering opportunities. The Summit also included keynote addresses on "The Future of Agri-Food Technologies and Enterprises in
The 2009 Commercialization of Agricultural Technology Competition Award winners are:
CAT Competition $250,000 1st Place Award Winner ----------------------------------------------- Daiya Foods, Vancouver, BC Manufacturing of a Non-Dairy Slice From Natural Agricultural Plant Ingredients Daiya Foods has been conducting research and development of a new technology platform that has the potential of creating soft style non- dairy slice. These hybrid slices can substitute for almost every popular variety of dairy-based equivalents. Daiya Foods has achieved very promising results in bench top testing and would like to complete the R&D bench top tests and scale up the process at its facility in Vancouver. CAT Competition $150,000 2nd Place Award Winner ----------------------------------------------- L.W. Truscott Farms, Creston, BC JUICE - FABRICATION OF INNOVATIVE JUICE PROCESSORS Gary & Susan Snow (L.W. Truscott Farms) are cherry growers in Creston, B.C. Currently, 20% of their crops are being thrown away as culls in landfills and on the orchard floor. Much of this fruit is useable for value-added products. Because of the current waste of culled fruit and the consumers demand for healthy foods they have fabricated a juice processor to create food products that are a source of anthocyanins and antioxidants. The utilization of culled fruit would reduce waste, create jobs in Creston, and provide financial stability to the farmers. CAT Competition $100,000 3rd Place Award Winners ------------------------------------------------ AgriForest Biotech Ltd., Kelowna, BC Sunlight-Based Plant Micro-propagation for Commercial Production of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops AgriForest Biotech Ltd.'s main objective is to establish a sunlight- based plant micro-propagation facility with optimized environmental conditions. This will benefit the large-scale production of several important commercial plant varieties for the agriculture and horticulture industries. The commercial application of this technology can produce thousands of clones within a year at a significantly lower cost than conventional tissue culture micro-propagation. Innovative Food Systems, Princeton, BC Sanitation Technologies for Modified Atmosphere Packaged Fruits, Vegetable, Flowers Innovative Food Systems intends to provide a complete new system for the sanitation, preservation, and maintenance of food products that will be ripe, ready-to-eat, and in a food safe configuration. The sanitation technologies will be synergistic to developing the modified atmosphere box and lid technologies recently patented. The production processes of the greenhouse, orchard and field crop industries will be enhanced to provide sanitized fresh produce.
BCIC's mission is to promote the development of entrepreneurs and the commercialization of technology through startup companies and partnerships between industry and academia.
BCIC would like to thank the sponsors of the Innovation Summit 2010 for their generous support.
About the BC Innovation Council:
The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology through startup companies and partnerships between industry and academia. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today's global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians. BCIC is a Crown agency of the Province of British Columbia. For more information about BCIC, visit www.bcic.ca.
About the BCIC CAT Competition
The BCIC Commercialization of Agricultural Technology (CAT) Competition is focused on strengthening BC's agriculture, food and bioproducts sectors. It bridges the gap between research and industry by transforming innovations into real-world solutions. There are two stages to the competition: The Expression of Interest (EOI) stage and the Proof of Concept stage. For more information about the BCIC CAT Competition, visit www.bcic.ca/industry/life-sciences.
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