Would you like the dipstick next to your soup spoon? Canada's Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network injected with $7.5-million to detect pathogens and toxins in food and water to protect human health globally.

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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.

/NOTE TO EDITORS: Media Assets accompanying this story are available as follows:

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2)     http://smr.newswire.ca/media/articles/1082/sentinelbioactivepaperhossainpapersensortesting.jpg

Video: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/mmnr/smr/KX_Sentinel_FA2.flv

SOURCE Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network

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For more information on bioactive paper, visit www.sentinelbioactivepaper.ca

For media requests or interviews contact Jill Wright for Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network at TKX Inc. (519) 851-3896, jill@tkx.ca. Photos and videos available through Canada News Wire social media release: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/sentinel-bioactive-paper-network/would-you-like-the-dipstick-next-to-your-soup-spoon.

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