ST.JOHN'S, NL, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Developing technologies that can
detect subsea leaks in underwater structures, increasing operational
efficiencies in the fishing industry, and producing electricity from
methane gas are among 12 diverse business-led projects receiving more
than $1.8 million in funding from the Research & Development
Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC). The announcement was
made today at the offices of the Research and Development Cooperation
by the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the
Research & Development Corporation.
"The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to be a strong
supporter of business-led innovation and market development," said
Minister Hutchings. "Today's announcement provides funding of $1.8
million to a diverse group of businesses throughout the province and
highlights the Provincial Government's commitment to investing in
applied research and innovation in order to diversify and grow our
Investments are supporting small- and medium-sized businesses in areas
ranging from ocean technology and natural resources to life sciences
and advanced manufacturing. RDC's investment is more than $1.8 million
in the 12 R&D projects and the total project costs are more than $4.9
million, co-funded by the participating companies and other partner
"Whether it is to tap into the global marketplace with new products or
to modernize technologies and processes, the businesses featured in
today's announcement are examples of how opportunities for growth and
increased profitability comes from research and development
activities," said Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer, RDC. "Through
RDC, Newfoundland and Labrador's business community has the R&D support
they need to increase technological innovation that can get their
products and services to market faster."
Today's funding supports business-led R&D in Newfoundland and Labrador.
RDC programs not only increase overall investments in research and
development, but more importantly, help businesses identify new ways to
increase operational efficiencies, modernize tools and technologies, as
well as to drive technological advancements in both traditional and
An overview of the projects receiving RDC funding is contained in the
backgrounder of this release, while more detailed project descriptions
are available online at www.rdc.org.
Investments in Business-Led Research and Development
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial crown corporation
responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador's research and
development performance. RDC works with research and development
stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and
departments to make strategic research and development related
investments in people, research opportunities and infrastructure. For
more information about RDC, go to www.rdc.org.
While RDC is investing a total of $1,884,208 in the following 12
Newfoundland and Labrador-based projects, the total project costs are
$4,919,682, co-funded by the business and other partner organizations.
WELY Health Inc.
WELY Health Inc. (WELY) is a natural health products company that
combines science and nature to develop and formulate therapies to
provide health and medical benefits. A part of St. John's-based NewLab
Group of Companies, the company is engaging the services of Bio Food
Tech, a nationally accredited food and bioprocessing lab owned by the
Government of Prince Edward Island, to undertake a preliminary analysis
of eight fruit pomace and/or whole fruit materials for potential
beneficial natural health properties. RDC's investment is $7,500 of a
total project cost of $10,000.
R&D Proof of Concept
New World Dairy Inc.
Located in St. David's, Newfoundland and Labrador, New World Dairy Inc.
is the largest dairy farm in the province and the one of the largest in
Canada. Incorporated in 2004, the farm has a herd of more than 1,200
milking and dry cows and roughly 1,000 heifers. The farm produces
33,500 litres of milk daily or approximately 25 per cent of the
industry's daily production for Newfoundland and Labrador. RDC is
supporting New World Dairy with the development of an anaerobic
digester technology that generates electricity from methane gas
produced from waste at the farm. This technology can help New World
Dairies modernize their operations through eco-friendly methods in
order to lower energy costs. RDC's investment is $250,000 of a total
project cost of $735,498.
British Confectionery Company Ltd.
Established in 1958, British Confectionery Company Ltd. is a wholesale
confectionery distributor located in St. John's, Newfoundland and
Labrador. Through this project, the company is focusing on the software
architecture of a break-open/pull ticket lottery dispensing machine.
Through assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the
company has developed an alpha prototype of the machine's hardware
which has garnered positive responses from multiple lottery
corporations within Canada. The company is now focusing on enhancements
and improvements to its machinery with an aim to providing a new market
ready break-open ticket dispensing kiosk machine. RDC's investment is
$250,000 of a total project cost of $1,044,566.
Quinlan Brothers Limited
The aim of this R&D project is to design, fabricate and test automation
technologies for crab packing led by Quinlan Brothers Limited, a
family-owned and operated snow crab and shrimp processor based in Bay
de Verde, Newfoundland and Labrador. To assist in the development of a
new system, the company will be collaborating with specialty design and
fabrication firms. This new packing process technology could change the
current industry standard to packing crab by reducing worker strain and
repetition, improving ergonomics, and increasing productivity while
decreasing human resource constraints. For Quinlan Brothers Limited,
this system would strengthen the plant's capacity and long-term
viability. RDC's investment is $246,530 of a total project cost of
ExtremeOcean Innovation Inc.
ExtremeOcean Innovation Inc. is a marine technology start-up company
formed in 2010 and located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The aim of this project is to advance the development of a unique
vessel for accessing offshore wind turbines known as the TranSPAR Craft
(TranSPAR). The TranSPAR is a propelled spar marine vehicle. It was
created due to a need defined by a consortium of energy companies
through the United Kingdom-based Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind
Accelerator Access global design competition. RDC's investment is
$250,000 of a total project cost of $607,300.
Based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, eSonar Inc. was
incorporated in 2008 to service, develop, manufacture and market
electronic and acoustic products for the marine and ocean technology
markets. eSonar Inc. is currently involved with developing a product to
improve the commercial fishing market. In order to successfully
penetrate this market, eSonar Inc. is using RDC funding to develop an
integrated purse seining system that will transmit data to aid in the
launching and retrieving of a purse seine. This project could improve
the purse seine fishing market by providing vessel captains with a
monitoring system for launching and retrieving the seines. RDC's
investment is $250,000 of a total project cost of $445,713.
Canatec Associates International Ltd.
Formed in 1988, Canatec Associates International Ltd. provides services
and products to the Arctic offshore petroleum and Polar shipping
industries. The company's head office is located in Calgary, Alberta
and it has recently expanded its operations and opened an office in St.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding from RDC will allow the
company to test the transmission capabilities of its Ice Drift Beacon
in water and upon refreeze, as well as make modifications to its size,
shape and surface as needed to optimize its performance. RDC's
investment is $14,930 of a total project cost of $21,573.
Based in St. John's, Rutter Inc. specializes in the global provision of
enhanced radar systems and custom solutions for marine, military and
security/surveillance applications. RDC funding for this project will
allow Rutter to develop a fully functional prototype of their SeaFusion
Platform system. This system is a 24/7 real-time ice hazard detection,
validation and monitoring system that brings together multiple
technologies into a common software application. This will provide
increased safety to offshore personnel and vessel employees during
operations, as well as enhance crew safety, as the most dangerous ice
conditions will be detected, verified and avoided. RDC's investment is
$375,248 of a total project cost of $831,397.
NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowships
Northern Radar Inc.
Northern Radar Inc. is located in St. John's, and has been in operation
since 1986. The company focuses on maritime surveillance, search and
navigation equipment for tracking ships, icebergs, sea ice and low
flying aircraft as well as measuring surface currents and wave height.
RDC and NSERC funding will enable Northern Radar to hire Dr. Maryam
EtezadBrojerdi as an industrial R&D fellow for two years. Dr.
EtezadBrojerdi, a PhD graduate in Electrical Engineering from Concordia
University, will work on commercializing the company's OceanView
system, a compact/portable HF radar system for remote sensing of the
ocean environment. By routinely mapping vector currents of a large area
of the ocean surface in near real time, the capabilities of the
OceanView system could be extended to monitor surface wind conditions
and sea state, tsunami warning and target tracking such as ships and
icebergs. RDC's investment is $60,000 of a total project cost of
NovaLipids is a privately held company that was founded in 1998, located
in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The company is committed to
becoming a premier supplier of lipid-based delivery systems to key
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. RDC and NSERC funding will
enable NovaLipids to hire Dr. Michael Hayley as an industrial R&D
fellow for two years. Dr. Hayley is a PhD graduate of Memorial
University of Newfoundland's Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of
Science. The goal of this project is to research and develop a
biological therapeutic treatment for psoriasis, a lifelong
non-contagious skin disease that affects an estimated 125 million
people worldwide. RDC's investment is $60,000 of a total project cost
INTECSEA Canada is located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and
is a project management, engineering, procurement and construction
management company. This project is divided into two distinct parts:
asset integrity management for Arctic and cold regions, as well as
subsea leak detection for Arctic and cold regions. This project will
help develop advanced engineering solutions to address technical
challenges for developing offshore hydrocarbon resources. Incorporating
risk-based integrity modeling into the overall design and
implementation of required facilities will ensure improved reliability
of the structures and minimal human intervention for inspection in
harsh environments. RDC and NSERC funding will enable INTECSEA Canada
to hire Dr. Premkumar Thodi as an industrial R&D fellow for two years.
Dr. Thodi is a PhD graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland's
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. RDC's investment is $60,000
of a total project cost of $160,000.
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc.
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. is based in St. John's, Newfoundland and
Labrador as a developer, manufacturer and marketer of sonar devices for
the deep sea commercial fisheries, defence and ocean sciences sectors.
Through this project, the company has developed a program to create a
bathymetric synthetic aperture scanning sonar product. This product
would be deployed on unmanned underwater vehicles, as well as
untethered and tethered towed bodies/equipment and could capture a
higher resolution than the most advanced side scan sonars. Kraken Sonar
Systems Inc. is collaborating with a number of organizations including
the Ocean Technology Enterprise Centre, Defence Research Development
Canada and Memorial University of Newfoundland. RDC and NSERC funding
will enable the company to hire Dr. Jeremy Dillon as an industrial R&D
fellow for two years. Dr. Dillon is a PhD graduate from Memorial
University's Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty
of Science. RDC's investment is $60,000 of a total project cost of
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