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Canada’s $950-million bet on innovation gets set to take the next step

by:QY Precision      2019-08-26
The super cluster project in Ottawa is heating up.
Once the five innovative partnerships are finally signed, funds are expected to start flowing this fall
Out of the federal government-
What is about to happen.
Frank Hart, chairman and interim CEO of the Prairie company board, said: \"I think we will finish the work in a few weeks.
Super cluster based on protein industry.
On February, the federal government announced that it had selected five proposals to establish innovation centres nationwide, each with a particular focus on a key economic sector. Each so-
The so-called super cluster is a partnership between universities, big companies and small companies. and medium-
Scale enterprises.
These cooperative entities will receive a share of $0. 95 billion from Ottawa for the project and they will use the money to take advantage of private-
Departmental funding for research and development projects.
The biggest idea is to jump
Start research on commercialism. The oft-
The conventional view is that Canada lags behind global competition in innovation, although universities in Canada do a lot in innovation --edge research.
But, in addition to the promotion of the project throughout the winter and spring by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development, there have been few public announcements and no funding since the five superclusters were selected
Behind the scenes, officials from the five centers have been finalizing governance models and financing agreements with Ottawa.
\"You know, I believe that all five of these people have documents submitted by the final Treasury Board, or very close,\" Hart said . \".
\"From the perspective of the federal government and from our perspective, it\'s longer than we thought or hoped for, but that\'s the truth.
As soon as the money starts to flow, the partner company will invest money, work with universities to solve industry problems together, Hart said.
For example, he said that after extracting oil from rapeseed, the rest is a by-product with high protein content but difficult to digest.
So these days, it\'s fed to cows to boost milk production, but it could be more valuable if companies were able to figure out how to make it useful for human consumption.
The cooperative companies involved in the study will benefit from it.
\"Success for us means getting these competitors together for the greater good of the country,\" he said . \".
The issue of how to deal with patents and other intellectual property rights remains an outstanding issue
The final question of Su pash, CEO of digital technology super cluster in Columbia, UK.
He said some nuts. and-
B. Bolt planning workC.
It has been completed and approved by the federal Treasury Board.
Paish said that she expects to submit a preliminary pilot project research proposal to the supercluster committee in September, which will be launched in October.
Erin steiliang, chief technology officer for advanced manufacturing superclusters in Ontario, also said that resolving all details since February is a slow process.
Sterian has some experience on commercial issues as Celestica\'s executive and president and CEO of ReMAP, an organization dedicated to technology.
One of the important efforts for advanced manufacturing superclusters will be to simply develop an \"asset map\" to understand who can contribute to the manufacturing supply chain, Sterian said.
\"Let\'s say you\'re doing something, even basic things like leather wallets, and you\'re looking for a supplier that produces cutting and dyeing (leather), she said.
When it comes to something more complicated than a wallet, the problem is only magnified.
She also talked about the importance of the \"cluster\" part of the super cluster;
One of the main challenges of innovation in Canada is the country\'s vast geographical location.
\"I know there are a lot of great ideas and people in Saskatoon, but working with them in Toronto is physically limited,\" she said . \".
One of the main hopes of all five Super clusters is that they become magnets for other companies that want to compete in the same industry, creating a wealth of skilled labor and synergies --
Like Silicon Valley.
Sterian notes that 7D Surgical, a company that works with ReMAP and works with Celestica, is an example of \"good commercialism\", but the company\'s story also shows some challenges
In Toronto\'s office, 7D surgery is building some extraordinary medical equipment --
Built-in operating lamp
In a camera that collects images of spinal and brain surgery.
Using AI and CT scan modeling, the 7D Surgical Suite generates a real
Time display of the bone structure of the patient, allowing the surgeon to accurately guide their work
For example, drill the screws into the spine to reinforce the damaged spine.
7D Surgical is considered an example of the commercialisation of research, but the story of the company is not easy to replicate.
When the four founders met, they were all doctoral students. CEO Bo Standish left a promising academic career and founded the company. One of the co-
The founder is chairman of Canadian Studies.
None of the founders were experts in their specific technology before they started, but it would never happen if they were not academics
Proficient in the process of drawing useful insights from studies published in academic journals.
\"We also don\'t know anything about image guidance technology, tracking, machine vision or machine learning.
So this is on-demand learning, and we have to use existing academic publications to become experts in these areas, \"Standish said.
\"Frankly, it\'s impossible if you haven\'t had art training.
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