RDC Announces Over $1.6 Million in R&D Funding to 18 Newfoundland and Labrador Companies
ST. JOHN’S, NL, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ – Making working conditions safer
for offshore employees, developing production efficiencies for the
lumber industry and advancing healthcare technology are among the 18
business-led projects receiving more than $1.6 million in funding from
the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
RDC today announced investment support that will assist several
provincial companies with research and development (R&D) projects in
Newfoundland and Labrador’s priority sectors such as natural resources,
ocean technology, aquaculture, advanced manufacturing and information
“Newfoundland and Labrador’s support for R&D is assisting these
businesses to conduct leading-edge research that’s attracting
international attention,” said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister
Responsible for Research & Development Corporation. “These companies
are directly contributing to our economy, creating jobs and wealth, and
further establishing Newfoundland and Labrador as a leader in R&D and
Today’s investment is advancing projects led by companies throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador, including:
ACAN Windows Inc. AKAC Inc. Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc. Burton's Cove Logging and Lumber ClearRisk Inc. Limited EMSAT Corporation Eastern Analytical Limited FFT Labs Inc. ExtremeOcean Innovations Inc. Industrial Engineering and Hyflodraulic Limited Automation Solutions Ltd. Integrated Informatics Inc. NL Research Technologies Inc. Newfoundland Cod Broodstock Quinlan Brothers Limited Company Inc. St. Anthony Cold Storage Limited Sedna Nutraceuticals Inc. Uncle Phil's Think Tank Inc.
“By making strategic investments in R&D projects and capabilities, the
Research & Development Corporation is helping businesses pursue new
ideas, innovative technologies and opportunities that enhance
Newfoundland and Labrador’s competitive advantage,” said Glenn Janes,
CEO of RDC. “Supporting business-led R&D is a priority area for RDC
Today’s funding comes from two RDC programs designed to improve
business-led R&D in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Both RDC programs provide funding to support companies as they increase
their R&D expenditures and develop leading-edge technologies. Programs
details are available online at www.rdc.org.
An overview of the projects receiving funding from RDC is contained in
the backgrounder of this release, while more detailed project
descriptions are also available online at www.rdc.org.
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation
responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance.
RDC works with R&D stakeholders including business, academia and
government agencies and departments. In Budget 2012: People and
Prosperity – Responsible Investments for a Secure Future, RDC was
allocated $19 million to make strategic research and development
related investments in people, research opportunities and
infrastructure. For more information about RDC, go to www.rdc.org.
Investments in Business-Led Research and Development
While RDC is investing a total of $1,669,699 in the following 18
Newfoundland and Labrador-based projects, the total project costs are
$3,467,295, co-funded by the business and other partner organizations.
ACAN Windows Inc.
ACAN Windows is a local manufacturer of windows, specializing in the
extrusion, manufacturing, and distribution of vinyl windows, sliding
patio doors and entrance doors. Through this project, ACAN, which is
located in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, will collaborate with
the College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Manufacturing Technology
Centre (MTC), which has the only injection molding machine in the
province. Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing
parts from plastic materials. The project will serve to improve CNA’s
capacity in injection molding, which is a new field of applied research
for CNA, and seek to improve ACAN’s existing manufacturing process.
RDC’s investment is $11,250 of a total project cost of $15,000.
Eastern Analytical Limited
Eastern Analytical Ltd. is a privately owned Springdale-based,
Newfoundland and Labrador company that provides sample preparation and
assay techniques to the mining industry. The company has been in
operation since 1987. Through this project, the company will develop
proficiency in lab testing and research in methods of platinum,
palladium and gold fire assay, as well as uranium testing in rock,
soil, and biological material. The development of proficiency testing
is required for method validation and ISO (International Organization
for Standardization) 17025 certification, which the company hopes to
obtain. Eastern Analytical will access the expertise of Dr. Gary
Thompson of Technetium Consulting Ltd. to enhance its research and
testing capabilities. RDC’s investment is $15,000 of a total project
cost of $25,000.
FFT Labs Inc.
FFT Labs Inc. has developed a plastic mechanism for attaching a smart
phone to the inside of a purse. To improve the design, the company is
studying the industrial design currently applied to the functionality
and ergonomics of the plastic mechanism and the mechanics behind how a
purse will be attached to the mechanism. Through this project, the
company, which has offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,
will employ the technical services of Ross + Doell and the College of
the North Atlantic. RDC’s investment is $15,000 of a total project cost
Newfoundland Cod Broodstock Company Inc.
The Newfoundland Cod Broodstock Company is attempting to position itself
to be a leading supplier of selected cod genetic material (eggs and
larvae) for domestic, national and international markets. The company,
which is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, is developing
and optimizing best protocols for the shipment of live cod eggs to
markets around the world. The research will be conducted at the Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building of Memorial University of
Newfoundland and will allow for the evaluation of numerous optimization
processes which can lead to increased survival, hatch rates and
eventual growth and performance of cod larvae from selective cod
broodstock. RDC’s investment is $15,000 of a total project cost of
Sedna Nutraceuticals Inc.
Based in Whitbourne, Newfoundland and Labrador, Sedna Nutraceuticals
Inc., is involved in the research and development of nutraceutical
products of the highest quality and purity. Through this project, the
Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development at the Fisheries and
Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s will conduct
a shelf-life study on three dried berry products currently produced by
the company. The study will document the microbial, chemical and
sensory changes in the products over a 12-month period. The results of
this research will assist in determining a shelf-life for each product.
RDC’s investment is $12,010 for a total project cost of $18,247.
St. Anthony Cold Storage Limited
The iceberg harvesting industry currently operates using very basic
technologies. St. Anthony Cold Storage Limited, located in St. Anthony,
Newfoundland and Labrador, is proposing a revolutionary way to make
this process more cost-effective and safer. Through this project, the
company will identify, secure and tow a full iceberg (maximum of 2,000
tonnes) to a processing site where it will cut up and harvest the
entire iceberg. The ice would then be stored in the company’s 5,000
tonne cold storage facility and sold to customers as ice or as water.
The company will collaborate with C-CORE, a separately incorporated
entity of Memorial University of Newfoundland. RDC’s investment is
$15,000 for a total project cost of $181,553.
Uncle Phil’s Think Tank Inc.
Located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Uncle Phil’s Think
Tank Inc. (UPTT) was formed and incorporated in 2010 with a focus on
the research and development of the One Pass Ostomy Draining Device
(OPODD), a device used to assist with the draining of ostomy pouches.
Through this project, the company will collaborate with the Industrial
Outreach Group in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of
Engineering and Applied Science to design, develop and test a plastic
prototype of its OPODD. RDC’s investment is $9,750 for a total project
cost of $13,000.
R&D Proof of Concept
This project involves the development of an icebreaker performance
simulation tool. The project scope includes the planning, programming,
calibration/validation and documentation of a time-based tool. The
simulation techniques will expand the company’s current methods for
estimating level ice performance, and will combine these techniques
with other methods found in literature and adapt each to fit into a
time-based model. The simulator will then be calibrated using
full-scale data belonging to AKAC. RDC’s investment is $11,212 of a
total project cost of $29,612.
Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc.
Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc. plans to develop an innovative
satellite solution called SkyHawk Next, which will allow user-friendly,
two-way real time satellite communication. This new product will be
designed and tested to allow for real time communications in remote or
isolated areas. Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc., is a St. John’s,
Newfoundland and Labrador-based company, incorporated in 2003, that
provides satellite electronic data communications systems to industrial
markets. RDC’s investment is $241,959 for a total project cost of
Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Limited
Through the use of mathematical models and 3D laser scanners, Burton’s
Cove Logging and Lumber Limited, located in Hampden, Newfoundland and
Labrador, plan to develop an automated scaling system that will allow
the company to measure the volume of wood that can be used for lumber.
The company currently uses a manual system to scale sawlogs and if they
are successful in completing this project, they would become the first
sawmill in Canada to introduce this type of innovative laser-assisted
system. RDC’s investment is $122,100 for a total project cost of
ClearRisk is based in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a
leading provider of web-based software solutions to the North American
insurance industry. The purpose of this project is to migrate
ClearRisk’s Manager platform from the ASP.Net platform and rebuild it
as a custom Force.com application. The decision to move ClearRisk
Manager from ASP.Net to Force.com is the result of more than a year of
research and evaluation of development platforms. The decision was due
to market opportunity as well as the increasing need for application
flexibility and cross-product integration with ClearRisk’s Tracker and
Underwriter products, which are ClearRisk’s claims administration and
underwriting tools, respectively. RDC’s investment is $156,663 of a
total project cost of $385,663.
EMSAT is a technology integration software company that focuses on
environmental data collection, analysis and display. The company is
developing an Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) package combining
environmental sensors technology, remote satellite communication,
advanced environmental management software and value-added information
services tied together with a global software solution. Through this
project, the prototype will be taken to a customer in their target
market to ascertain the level of support for the technology and to gather
requirements to implement a full version of the software. The company,
which is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, has identified
a number of industries that can benefit from this type of system, such
as mining, manufacturing and pharmaceutical, but they will be initially
targeting the oil and gas industry. RDC’s investment is $96,902 of a
total project cost of $313,841.
ExtremeOcean Innovations Inc.
ExtremeOcean Innovation Inc. is a marine technology start-up company
established in June 2010 and is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and
Labrador. With next generation wind farms moving increasingly further
from shore, the United Kingdom Based Carbon Trust Offshore Wind
Accelerator (OWA) competition was organized to stimulate the design of
a next generation wind turbine service craft capable of safely and
efficiently transporting maintenance crew 160 kilometres offshore and
offloading to wind turbines in three metre wave heights. With RDC’s
financial support, the company’s design proposal was selected as one of
the winners of the competition, which received more than 450 entrants
from around the world. Selection as a successful design in the OWA
competition has resulted in approximately $100,000 in funding to
develop and test the concept at the small scale prototype stage. RDC’s
investment is $111,800 of a total project cost of $172,000.
Hyflodraulic Limited was incorporated in July 1983 and offers
specialized hydraulic services and solutions to the commercial,
industrial and marine related industries throughout Newfoundland and
Labrador. The company, located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and
Labrador, has designed a winch system with a constant tension device to
assist oil and gas operators with the offloading of crude oil from
offshore oil platforms. This project will involve the fabrication,
testing and certification of the winch system. The company is
collaborating with a number of industry partners to assist with the
welding, inspection, testing and certification requirements needed
throughout the project. RDC’s investment is $123,437 of a total project
cost of $176,850.
Industrial Engineering and Automation Solutions Ltd.
Industrial Engineering and Automation Solutions Limited was established
in January 2007 as an engineering services company specializing in
electrical, instrumentation, controls and systems integration. Based in
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, the company also offers
research and development services for the offshore oil and gas,
petroleum, mining, power generation and industrial markets. The company
has developed an industrial and commercial grade product for
eliminating or preventing rodent problems. RodentBloc generates a
pulsating high-frequency sound barrier that irritates the super
sensitive auditory nerves of mice and rats, eliminating them from the
general vicinity of the pest control device. RDC’s investment is
$202,815 for a total project cost of $341,681.
Integrated Informatics Inc.
Integrated Informatics Inc. is a leading consultancy for Geographic
Information System (GIS) implementation and development, providing
spatial data management and automated mapping solutions to clients
throughout North America. It has offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland
and Labrador, as well as Calgary, Alberta, and Houston, Texas. Through this project,
the company is developing an advanced environmental data management
system that will consolidate archived environmental effects monitoring
information into a standard database environment and interactive
interface for the offshore oil and gas industry. The data model and
associated data loading tools will facilitate input for current and
future environmental effects monitoring and environmental assessment
programs providing a standard format and a user-friendly interface.
RDC’s investment is $249,500 for a total project cost of $450,750.
NL Research Technologies Inc.
NL Research Technologies Inc. was incorporated in 2010 to commercialize
discoveries made through clinical observation and research at its
sister company, Nexus Clinical Research, including
investigator-initiated studies. Through this project with RDC, the
company, which is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,
will develop a health information technology-based platform to
facilitate medical disorder screening, health care management and
interaction between patients and doctors. RDC’s investment is $249,081
for a total project cost of $640,620.
Quinlan Brothers Limited
Incorporated in 1972, Quinlan Brothers Limited is a third generation,
family-owned and operated business and is one of the largest processors
of snow crab and shrimp in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through this
project, the company will partner with an Icelandic manufacturer,
seafood processor and laboratory to conduct research and testing on
existing technology currently being used in the groundfish industry.
Quinlan Brothers Limited is conducting this research to determine if
the technology can be adapted to its shrimp maturation process. This
project will assist the company with accessing outside facilities,
equipment and technical support required to complete testing of this
proprietary technology. RDC’s investment is $11,250 for a total project
cost of $15,000.
SOURCE Research & Development Corporation
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