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'BOLD, NEW
INNOVATION'

ontario's agri-based industry is set to grow as the result of
new investment into the sector.
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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) are working together to foster innovation in the
Canadian province's growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector.
Through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts
(ABIB) R&D Challenge launched in November, OCE and AAC
will partner with the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), academia and the bioproducts industry to fund approximately 10 projects. The program encourages for-profit businesses with innovative industrial bioproduct
ideas to collaborate with academic research institutions to foster innovation and drive commercialization.
"We are excited to be working with all of our partners on this
challenge," says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE.
"OCE is already working with several companies who have
seen success with bioproducts and biopharmaceuticals, and
this challenge will help even more companies succeed."
Agri-based industrial bioproducts are any commercial product
derived from agricultural sources such as plant fibers, plant and
vegetable oils, plant-based protein and sugar/starch crops. Anticipated projects will include the development of biocomposite
materials to replace petrochemical-derived plastics, renewable
plant-based oils to create biobased polymers, and plant-based
proteins as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics.
"The ABIB R&D Challenge will further support Ontario's developing agri-based products industry value chains from farm
field to industrial bioproducts," says Judy Dirksen, AAC chair.
"The use and interest in agri-based products is growing, and it
is imperative that the development of these innovative products and technologies continues to be supported."
Ultimately, it is expected the resulting projects will provide

significant economic benefits to Ontario in the form of jobs
and prosperity through the development of the next generation of agri-based industrial bioproducts.
The province of Ontario has identified the development of
bioproducts as having potential for significant economic, environmental and health benefits. Bioproducts typically come
in three varieties: bioenergy (liquid fuels such as ethanol and
biodiesel, and combustible biomass), biomaterials (plastic,
foam, rubber) and biochemicals (lubricants, pharmaceuticals
and cosmetics).

"oce is already working with several
companies who have seen success with
bioproducts and biopharmaceuticals
and this challenge will help more."
"This R&D challenge is a tremendous opportunity for Ontario. It brings together our leading research community and agricultural sector to develop and advance bold new innovation,"
says Reza Moridi, Minster of Research and Innovation. "Bioproducts have the potential for significant economic, environmental and health benefits and I look forward to the positive
results of this collaboration,"
The ABIB R&D Challenge is accepting expressions of interest with applications being reviewed and approved in 2016.
Further program information is at www.oce-ontario.org. mt
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