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GreenCentre Canada and Johnson Matthey Enter Licensing Agreement

GreenCentre Canada is pleased to announce it has entered into an exclusive global licensing agreement with Johnson Matthey Plc., a leading multi-national producer of catalysts and specialty chemicals. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Matthey will promote, market, scale-up and manufacture a series of high-value catalysts that have been developed by GreenCentre Canada. As part of the license with Johnson Matthey Plc., the products will also be made available on research scale and distributed globally via Sigma-Aldrich.

Originally conceived and developed in the laboratories of Professor Dmitri Goussev of Wilfrid Laurier University, these catalysts show exceptional activity for a specific chemical transformation known as ester hydrogenation. This reaction is used to manufacture a wide variety of commercial products including pharmaceuticals, detergents, cosmetics, flavours and fragrances.

Compared to existing technologies in the laboratory, the catalysts have demonstrated unprecedented yields and selectivity and have the potential to re-invent a number of industrial processes. In addition, the catalysts show great ability to convert bio-based feedstocks—such as seed/vegetable oils or animal fats—into high-value products, ultimately enhancing the sustainability of a number of consumer and fine chemical products.

“GreenCentre is very pleased to have licensed this element of its catalyst portfolio with a true global leader in the manufacture and sale of fine chemical catalysts,” said Pete Pigott, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada.

“Johnson Matthey is delighted to enter into this agreement with GreenCentre Canada and to include this technology into its portfolio, further solidifying our position as a global leader in Fine Chemical Catalysis. We believe that Ester Reduction, in addition to many other chemical reductions using catalysis, is truly at the forefront of this technical discipline enabling companies to deliver challenging chemistry in an elegant and sustainable way.” said Alan Dyke, New Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey Catalysis and Chiral Technologies.

About GreenCentre Canada

GreenCentre provides an extensive and practical range of laboratory, commercial, and intellectual property services to support the development of chemistry-driven activities in Canada. Specifically, GreenCentre offers sector-focused chemistry technology development, intellectual property assessment, business development, and commercial services.

We serve the research needs of academics, entrepreneurs, and established companies by adding value across the entire development chain, through our two facilities in Kingston and Mississauga, Ontario. Our Chemistry Innovation Centre in Kingston focuses on discovery chemistry and application testing, and our Scale-up and Pilot Facility in Mississauga—established in partnership with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada—focuses on scale-up and optimization, and pilot-scale production.

GreenCentre’s head office is located at Innovation Park at Queen’s University in Kingston. Visit for more information.

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About Johnson Matthey Plc.

Johnson Matthey’s Fine Chemicals Division provides pharmaceutical customers around the globe with a broad range of services and solutions, including active ingredients, custom development services, catalysts and chiral technologies. To learn more about Johnson Matthey Fine Chemicals, please visit: