New World Class Research Institute Comes To Windsor



    McGuinty Government Investment Boosts Innovation And Job Creation

    WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - A $5-million McGuinty government investment
will help establish the brand new Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research at
the University of Windsor - and help make Windsor a focal point for research
and innovation development across Ontario and around the world, Minister of
Research and Innovation John Wilkinson announced today.
    The institute will work collaboratively with leading private-sector
partners to develop new acoustical imaging technologies for use in the
automotive, health care and public safety sectors. Industry estimates peg the
global market for such applications at $21 billion.
    "This investment is part of the McGuinty government's strategy to boost
Ontario's competitive advantage by fostering the research talent and
innovative ideas that create jobs and prosperity," said Minister of Research
and Innovation John Wilkinson.
    The announcement comes on the heels of a December 13 Fall Economic
Statement - a $3-billion plan to strengthen Ontario's economy with targeted
business tax cuts, infrastructure investments, and a new job skills training
strategy.
    The Fall Economic Statement set out a series of priority investments for
Windsor, including a commitment to continuing to move forward on the new
Windsor-Detroit border crossing.
    "The institute is a testament to the incredible capacity we have in
Windsor to create jobs and prosperity by capitalizing on our exceptionally
talented researchers," said Economic Development and Trade Minister and MPP
for Windsor West Sandra Pupatello.
    "One of the best ways to keep our economy strong is to continue to make
strategic investments in areas that will make Ontario more competitive in the
future," said Minister of Finance and MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh Dwight Duncan.
"This investment is good news for Windsor and good news for Ontario."
    "We're pleased that the Ontario government is supporting this important
initiative," said Chrysler LCC Executive Vice President of Manufacturing,
Frank Ewasyshyn. "Innovations in industrial imaging will help Ontario
manufacturers like Chrysler improve quality control and remain competitive in
the global economy. It will also help ensure Ontario continues to benefit from
building the best cars and trucks in the world."
    "The beauty of Dr. Maev's work is his ability to apply what he has
learned in the lab to the very practical problems facing our society today,"
said University of Windsor President Dr. Ross Paul. "This work has the
potential for a number of industrial applications and speaks to the need for
innovative economic diversification, right here in Windsor and beyond."
    "I'm proud to be a part of a government that is committed to investing in
future job growth and prosperity by investing in our region's strengths in
research and innovation," said MPP for Essex, Bruce Crozier.
    Investing in job creation through regional innovation is just one of the
ways the McGuinty government is strengthening the economy and supporting
Ontario families. Other initiatives include:

    
    -   Encouraging strong job creation, with over 417,000 net new jobs since
        October 2003
    -   Committing to expand our Next Generation Jobs Fund to $1.15 billion
        to support job creation for Ontarians
    -   Launching the $160 million Ideas-to-Market strategy that supports
        emerging companies
    -   Establishing a six-year, $500-million Advanced Manufacturing
        Investment Strategy to help manufacturers invest in innovative new
        technologies, and
    -   Phasing out the capital tax and accelerating a five per cent rate cut
        in 2007, while working towards eliminating the tax altogether by
        July 1, 2010.

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                          www.ontario.ca/innovation



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    INSTITUTE FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR:
                   TAPPING INTO A $21 BILLION GLOBAL MARKET
    

    Ontario's $5-million investment in the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging
Research at the University of Windsor is part of the McGuinty government's
strategy to support innovation in areas where Ontario has a competitive
advantage to compete - and win - in the global marketplace. These are the
sectors that will generate Ontario's next generation of good-paying,
value-added jobs, and ensure a high quality of life for all Ontarians now and
well into the future.

    Acoustical Imaging

    The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research will bring together
researchers and industry to develop and commercialize acoustical imaging
technologies and processes. Acoustical imaging uses sound to peer into objects
without damaging them. Potential applications include:

    
    -   Industry and manufacturing: Non-destructive testing systems for
        quality assurance in sectors such as automotive, aircraft, energy and
        agriculture. Global market: more than $1 billion.
    -   Medical diagnostics: Non-intrusive imaging systems for use in
        hospitals and clinics. Global market: more than $10 billion.
    -   Security: More effective non-intrusive biometric identification
        systems. Global market: more than $10 billion.
    

    The Institute

    The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research will bring together
researchers from across Ontario and industry to develop new technologies and
move them to market quickly. It will operate as a distributed research
consortium, meaning that researchers from across Ontario will participate
through their own faculties, but also come together at the institute to take
advantage of its specialized facilities.
    Ontario's $5 million contribution will help support the purchase of new
equipment to enable the institute's specialized research, and the training of
highly skilled new graduate students and researchers - the people who will
build Ontario's next generation of innovative products and companies.
    Researchers will partner with industry to ensure technologies developed
have significant commercial potential.

    Founding Director

    The institute's founding director will be one of Ontario's most renowned
researchers, Dr. Roman Maev. During his five-year term, Dr. Maev will
establish the institute and make it operational.
    Dr. Maev is well positioned to make this institute a success. He is a
leader in the field of acoustic microscopy and has successfully developed a
better way for Chrysler to check the quality control of the more than 4,000
spot welds typically used in a modern car.
    Dr. Maev has already spun-off a company to commercialize this technology
- Tessonics. Ontario recognized this company with a Premier's Catalyst Award
in 2007 for the Start-Up Company with the Best Innovation. See
www.tessonics.com.

    
    Contacts:
    Perry Blocher                                     Sandra Watts
    Communications Branch                        Minister's Office
    416-326-7717                                      416-314-7067

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                          www.ontario.ca/innovation
    





For further information:

For further information: Perry Blocher, Ministry of Research and
Innovation, (416) 326-7717; Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7067

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