New nanotechnology centre helps turn big ideas into real products

    Centre helps Alberta entrepreneurs move products to market

    EDMONTON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Small or large companies and tech-savvy
entrepreneurs that want to bring nanotechnology products to world markets can
now access technical and business services thanks to a new leading-edge centre
in Edmonton's Research Park.
    The Alberta Centre for Advanced Microsystems and nanotechnology Products
(ACAMP) is supported by $11.5 million in total funding with contributions of
$8 million from the Alberta government and $3.5 million from Canada's Western
Economic Diversification. The centre will support the province's growing
nanotechnology sector in three critical areas of commercialization - packaging
and assembly, business and product development and marketing.
    "Alberta's global reputation for nanotechnology research just became
enhanced as we will now be recognized as a place for putting that technology
on the store shelves and into peoples' lives," said Doug Horner, Alberta's
Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. "This new centre - the first of
its kind in Canada - will give entrepreneurs a place to turn ideas into
viable, market-ready products."
    Alberta produced nanotechnology products have applications in vital
sectors such as medicine, resources and information and communications
technology. Products made by Alberta companies include: lab on a chip
microchips that speed medical diagnoses; nano-particle coatings to enhance the
service life of earth moving machine blades; motion sensors for use in
electronics; and, numerous other products that can impact the lives of
    "The launch of ACAMP helps position Western Canada at the forefront of
innovation and is an important milestone in Alberta's growing capacity for
science and technology commercialization," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification.
"In concordance with the Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing
Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, our government is proud to
contribute $3.5 million, through its Western Diversification Program, to help
Alberta become a centre for nanotechnology development and production."
    "It's incredible the number of emerging technology companies in Alberta
with the potential to develop exciting new consumer products for world-wide
markets," said Ken Brizel, the recently appointed CEO of ACAMP. "Alberta is a
prime location for world-class research, and ACAMP can provide the means to
turn research into viable products. In fact, we are already helping our
clients produce marketable products to compete globally."
    ACAMP will identify commercial market opportunities in global markets and
promote Alberta's nanotechnology capabilities nationally and internationally.
An ACAMP team will work with start-up and established technology companies to
coordinate product packaging and assembly in-house or through the University
of Alberta's NanoFab, the University of Calgary's Advanced Microsystems
Integration Facility or the National Institute for Nanotechnology of the
National Research Council (NINT). ACAMP will also align its product
development activities with the Microsystems Technology Research Initiative
and Alberta Ingenuity's nanoWorks program.
    "ACAMP is the result of a collaborative effort between industry,
government and academia to create a platform for product development
activities in the province," said Bruce Alton, Chair of the ACAMP Board of
Directors. "And we are very pleased to have obtained the services of Ken
Brizel as the first CEO of ACAMP."
    On June 11, the Alberta government introduced the $178-million Action
Plan for Bringing Technology to Market. This plan includes numerous resources
that companies and technopreneurs can access to help move ideas into the
marketplace in concert with ACAMP's services. Alberta's $130-million
nanotechnology strategy, announced in May 2007, aims to capture two per cent
of the world's nanotechnology market by the year 2020, projected to be
$1 trillion U.S., equaling $20 billion in annual commercial activity.

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For further information: Media inquiries may be directed to: Ken Brizel,
CEO, ACAMP, (780) 468-2443,,

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