Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Shelley R. King
Natural products research has shown a wealth of applications in human and animal health, as well as in providing green alternatives to agricultural products and industrial chemicals. Consumers are increasingly demanding products derived from natural sources based on their health and environmental benefits. Until now, much of this demand has been filled by imports. Canada’s natural products sector can step up to claim a larger piece of the global market. Building and maintaining a role for Canadian innovators and producers calls for visionary leadership, good strategy and a flexible approach to bring together a diverse group of private and public sector organizations.
Natural Products Canada will help establish Canada as a global leader in research, development and commercialization of natural products, focusing on nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals; functional foods and food ingredients; agricultural products, animal feed ingredients and veterinary care products; and green replacements for chemically derived products. The nationwide network of nodes brings together Ag-WestBio Inc. (NPC-West), the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (NPC-ON), the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, Université Laval (NPC-Quebec) and the PEI BioAlliance (NPC-Atlantic). Drawing on a pipeline of companies, research organizations and universities, NPC will evaluate, scientifically validate and invest in products and technologies, and accelerate their commercialization.