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BURNABY, BC, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Canadian researchers from the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Research Network may soon be responsible for making a significant change to the typical
place setting at the dinner table. A paper dipstick next to the soup
spoon could be added soon to ensure food and water safety. Researchers
working to commercialize bioactive paper received a second-term,
five-year boost of $7.5-million from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC). The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and
Technology) made the announcement at the British Columbia Institute of
Technology. The federal funds will support Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network's five research platforms formed to commercialize bioactive paper.
Bioactive paper has important global human health implications, as it
can provide fast, easy and inexpensive detection of pathogens and/or
toxins in food, water and air. With Sentinel researcher and McMaster
University Professor Dr. John Brennan's recent success creating a
toxin-detecting dipstick (detects organophosphate pesticides) it's foreseen that bioactive paper strips can detect a range of
biohazards affecting humans and animals worldwide. His team's recent
publications supported a simple dipstick technology that is able to detect banned
organophosphates used in the developing world on agricultural crops.
"Canada leads the world in the development of bioactive paper," said Dr. Robert Pelton, Sentinel's Scientific Director, McMaster University Professor and a
Canada Research Chair. "The pesticide sensor paper is the first example
of Brennan's printed sol-gel encapsulated sensors - a new technology
platform. This paper has generated enormous interest and Sentinel is
working with industry partners towards pilot scale production of the
sensors. More sensors are in the pipeline aimed at food safety."
With Sentinel research operating with five platform-based research
themes, the Network can accelerate the development of simple, rapid and
inexpensive "tests" such as anti-listeria meat wrap, water and food
quality dipsticks, trace contaminant alert tests and pesticide
detection paper-sensors. Bioactive paper's low-cost, simplicity and
rapid response make it an attractive food and water safety tool for
developed and developing countries.
Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network brings together 28 academic researchers
from 10 universities, with industry and government partners. Sentinel
will operate with $7.5-million in funding over five years from NSERC
and another $2-million and $2-million (in-kind) from industry partners:
SC Johnson, FP Innovations- PAPRICAN, StoraEnso, and Graphic Controls and government partners: NSERC, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the National Research Council. McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario leads the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network and
hosts its administrative centre.
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