GreenCentre Canada Celebrates Successful Year with Deputy Premier
Today, the Kingston-based not-for-profit commercialization lab GreenCentre Canada celebrated its most successful year ever. On hand to mark the occasion was the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario, and local MPP Sophie Kiwala (Kingston and the Islands), who both met with employees of the centre and toured the state-of-the-art lab facility this morning.
Among the notable achievements for GreenCentre in the 2016 Fiscal Year was a record number of new entrepreneurial clients, record sales to globally significant private companies and a number of ground-breaking commercialization agreements. Specific achievements include:
- The launch of the GreenCentre InnovationHouse Portal – a collaborative resource for entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and industry to access useful information related to developing early-stage chemistry technologies;
- The launch of the highly successful ONE Chemistry Program for Ontario – GreenCentre was able to “on-board” 23 clients from a total of 37 applications, 10 of which are students or recent graduates;
- Commercial Innovation Services sales to private companies increased by 14.5 per cent, a new high point;
- Completion of a pilot unit for Forward Water Technologies, named a “Top Ten” innovator at the LAUNCH System Challenge: Green Chemistry – a project that promises to bring global-leading solutions in water treatment technology;
- A catalyst commercialization agreement with Princeton University, allowing GreenCentre to be a commercialization partner for one of the leading academic institutions in the U.S.; and
- Key commercialization agreements with Veolia Water Technologies and with Maratek Environmental Inc., demonstrating GreenCentre’s ability to drive export-based knowledge and expertise while leveraging its resources to help Canadian businesses succeed.
“This was a pivotal year for GreenCentre, in which we achieved new highs for academic discovery and entrepreneurial innovation through chemistry and advanced materials,” GreenCentre Canada Executive Director Pete Pigott said.
“GreenCentre is a leader in the development of Ontario’s knowledge economy, deftly bridging the gap between discovery and commercial success by providing tangible value to global businesses, entrepreneurs and academia,” Matthews said.
“I am delighted to see the incredible success that GreenCentre is achieving right here in our community, and helping to advance Kingston Innovation Park as a hub for entrepreneurial innovation,” Kiwala said.
GreenCentre takes a hands-on approach to developing chemistry and materials-science innovations. From helping commercialize academic and entrepreneurial discoveries to providing established companies a confidential space to expand their R&D capabilities, we transform chemistry breakthroughs into products and services that will enhance quality of life and preserve the environment for future generations.