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November 2011 – Volume 2, Issue 2

From laboratory to market: Canadian researcher discovers a greener way to recycle plastic

Harinder Takhar getting a tour of the Fielding Chemical property that will house the new plastics recycling area.

Ontario’s Minister of Government Services and MPP for Mississauga-Erindale, Harinder Takhar (second from left) recently toured the Fielding Chemical property that will house Switchable Solutions’ new plastics recycling area.

Photo credit: Rob Beintema, Mississauga News

From take-out food containers to foam packaging, polystyrene is ubiquitous in our culture. Yet polystyrene, commonly used as food and beverage containers, including expandable polystyrene foam (EPS), are not materials that are easy to recycle. In fact, today these items are most often sent to landfill.
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Wavefront Helps Canadian Wireless Companies Gain Speed to Innovate and Win: RewardLoop Develops the First Transaction-based Wireless Loyalty Program

A diagram showing how RewardLoop works

Canadians love loyalty programs but they don’t necessarily enjoy hunting for their loyalty cards at the cash register. So why not develop a loyalty program that doesn’t involve cards at all? Many Canadians carry mobile phones—what if you could find a way to use wireless technology to automatically credit loyalty points or stamps to your account?
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MITACS Transformation

In May, MITACS,Canada’s premiere Network of Centres of Excellence in the mathematical sciences,announced it was transforming itself into two separate organizations—Mitacs Inc. and MprimeNetwork Inc. Each organization in its own way will continue to work to support Canada’s innovation agenda.
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AUTO21 Researcher Earns Prestigious German Award

Professor Steven Beauchemin equipped his own car for the initial mobile testing of the RoadLAB system.

What if your vehicle had the ability to detect driving errors and to intervene to avoid an accident? This is a scenario that an AUTO21 researcher and his team hope to someday make commonplace.
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Quebec and France team up for better biomedical research

An international partnership between a non-profit organization based in Quebec and a health cluster in France is taking shape in the health and therapeutic innovation sector. The Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) is collaborating with Alsace BioValley in order to develop new tools to facilitate the discovery of safer and more effective drugs.
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Centre for Commercialization of Research is Playing a Key Role Accelerating Commercialization in the Waterloo Area

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The Accelerator for Commercialization Excellence (ACE) is a unique partnership between the Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), the University of Waterloo (UW), and the Accelerator Centre. This joint venture provides one-stop access to technology transfer, business development and incubation services for researchers and start-up companies. Working as a single entity it streamlines the commercialization process for researchers, entrepreneurs, funders and industry partners in the Waterloo region. This enabling force allows new technologies to move to market faster, better, and with fewer hurdles, transforming innovation into viable commercial enterprises.
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Improving Stroke Care in Canada

A major Canadian study on the quality of stroke care, released by the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN) in June, finds that significant work still needs to be done to improve prevention, treatment and recovery from stroke. Funded and authored by the Canadian Stroke Network, This link will take you to another Web site The Quality of Stroke Care in Canada is the first national study to closely examine stroke care in Canada.
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Geomatics Technology Gets a $6.3-million Boost

TECTERRA Inc. committed over $6.3-million of funds in support of the geomatics technology sector in Canada during 2010-11 fiscal year. The sum represents commitments to fund commercialization projects, applied research, professional development, training, and the creation of new jobs across the country.
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Having a Voice in Arthritis Research

Should patients have a voice in the research being conducted to treat or cure them? The Canadian Arthritis Network thinks so.
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AUTO21 Team to Investigate Child Transportation Safety

On September 12, 2011, Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced a $1.7 million Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research (STAIR) grant awarded to an AUTO21 team . The team is investigating children's transportation safety including research on children's car seat safety, community safety (infrastructure needed to encourage children to safely walk or ride bikes to school) and a segment focusing on these issues within First Nations communities.


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