Queen's University

GreenCentre Canada grows

 
2009-12-21

GreenCentre Canada has begun construction and renovation of its new 9,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, located in Queen's University's Innovation Park.

"This is the culmination of a lot of planning and work on the part of many people at GreenCentre Canada and PARTEQ Innovations of Queen's University, with a vision for a new model of commercialization that ensures Canadians benefit from Green Chemistry breakthroughs," says Dr. Rui Resendes, GreenCentre's Executive Director. "We are very excited about the prospect of starting to work on some of these transformative green technologies designed to strengthen Canada's chemical and materials industry, while protecting the environment."

GreenCentre brings together academic researchers, international industry partners and commercialization experts in a common goal of developing clean, less energy-intensive alternatives to traditional chemical products and manufacturing processes. The first of its kind in North America, the not-for-profit Centre offers an all-in-one commercialization "ecosystem" that includes everything from assessment, scale-up and testing to intellectual property protection, business management and financial resources.

The new facility is scheduled to open in late spring. Founded nine months ago and currently operating from the Biosciences Building on Queen's campus, GreenCentre has already made significant progress in engaging both the academic community and industry. The Centre has received more than 70 technology disclosures from researchers at universities across Canada.

GreenCentre becomes the 21st tenant of Innovation Park at Queen's University, a community of innovators where academic, industrial and government researchers work together to develop technological discoveries and move them to market. Funding for the construction at Innovation Park comes out of the contributions of the federal government ($9.1 million) and the Ontario government ($13.6 million) awarded to PARTEQ for the Centre.

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