Applied Science sends a huge congratulations to the Great Hatch for another successful event!
UBC technology that improves the accessibility of safe drinking water is now a thriving startup, thanks to an experienced executive taking a chance on a new venture and the multi-faceted support UBC offers entrepreneurial faculty, students, staff and alumni.
On February 8, 2017, the BC Innovation Council announced the second round of Ignite Awards funding for the commercialization of ground-breaking BC research. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences, bringing the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $1.7M since 2016.
Two of the three projects are co-developed by UBC Engineering professors:
Mangrove Water Technologies, a new UBC spin-off company, will receive up to $3 million to help commercialize a technology developed at UBC that simultaneously converts carbon dioxide and saline wastewater into value-added chemicals and reusable water. Its economic and environmental impacts could be considerable.
Guy Dumont, PEng, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, has received an NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation in the category of small- and medium-sized companies. Valued at $200,000, the award recognizes superior university-industry partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development. Dumont previously won the Synergy Award in 1999 and 2002.
The Vancouver Sun featured 3-D printing work from a Vancouver biotech company that may one day help patients who tear, rupture or damage cartilage or other body tissue.
According to Aspect Biosystems, which started from UBC research efforts in 2013, the technology can create human tissue within minutes.
Similar stories also appeared in the Regina Leader-Post and other Postmedia outlets.