Ontario Centres of Excellence research partner Dr. En-hui Yang wins national innovation award

    Advanced mathematical formula solves critical issue in digital data

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Eight years ago, Ontario Centres of Excellence
(OCE) invested in an idea based on University of Waterloo Professor En-hui
Yang's remarkable "lossless compression algorithm". Using his groundbreaking
technology, Dr. Yang developed a software component that made it easier - and
up to twenty times faster - to download huge web files and load pages. Digital
data compression was transformed.
    The Ernest C. Manning Foundation, a promoter and supporter of Canadian
innovators since 1980, selected Dr. Yang as the $25,000 Manning Award of
Distinction recipient, for his series of innovations in data compression
technology - one of four major awards presented to Ontario innovators to
celebrate Canadian ingenuity.
    The Manning Award marks the second time this year that Dr. Yang has been
endorsed as one of Ontario's top research and innovation talents. In April,
the inaugural Premier's Innovation Awards recognized him as Innovator of the
Year in the Catalyst Award category.
    Today, over 2200 Internet Service Providers in more than 50 countries use
Dr. Yang's technologies. A $150,000 OCE investment accelerated the launch of
SlipStream Data, the company Yang sold to Ontario's Research in Motion (RIM)
in 2006. By acquiring SlipStream, RIM effectively outpaced its global
competition in the handheld device market. Dr. Yang's ongoing research has led
to many new innovations, 15 of which are patented.
    Mark Romoff, OCE President and CEO, said "OCE is thrilled when our
research partners are recognized for their very significant scientific
contributions and subsequent commercial success. We are proud of our long
relationship with Dr. Yang and the investments we have made along the way to
support his remarkable journey."

    About Ontario Centres of Excellence

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of
cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of
tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE also
fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and
entrepreneurs, and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities,
colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. Celebrating 20 years
of innovation in 2007, OCE's five Centres work in communications and
information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy,
materials and manufacturing, and photonics. www.oce-ontario.org

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