The provincial government is investing $2.4 million to encourage increased health research in New Brunswick. Through the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, the investment will help the province's bioscience sector leverage and build new partnerships with federal granting councils, health charities and the pharmaceutical sector with a focus on patient-oriented research.
Companies experiencing too much container damage on their production lines have a unique solution to help isolate and pinpoint the root causes. A UNB technology originally intended for prosthetics has been redirected toward brewers and other packagers to help them identify line pressure problems and, as a result, develop solutions to reduce waste and increase overall equipment effectiveness. The Quantifeel Drone from Smart Skin Technologies, provides real-time monitoring of pressure on bottles, cans, or cardboard boxes in packaging lines to improve efficiency and reduce downtime in the plant.
Universities play a major role in supporting innovation and competitiveness in the UK. In addition to delivering outstanding research and teaching, universities widely interact with all stakeholders in the economy. There is a growing pool of evidence which demonstrates the positive contribution they make to the UK’s economic and social development. However, it seems that we still do not fully understand how to make the most out of successful university–business interactions.
In response to this gap in the economy, this report discusses how to unlock and stimulate different forms of collaborations between universities and businesses, by drawing on a survey of 200 businesses, and in-depth interviews with 14 companies.
The Higher Education Innovate website helps institutions measure how entrepreneurial they are, with a new online self-assessment tool. The tool assesses performance in seven areas: leadership and governance, organizational capacity, teaching and learning, pathways for entrepreneurs, university-business exchange, the internationalized institution, and impact measurement. Registration is free and is open to the general public as well as Universities and Institutional Groups.
As the startup community strives to become a truly regional presence, one thing becomes increasingly clear and problematic: it’s difficult to follow what’s going on in provinces other than your own.
This is a problem for two reasons. First, startups in the region need to get their message out to international markets, and the factors preventing news from travelling between provinces also prevent it from travelling around the world. And second, there are provincial policy decisions that affect startups around the region, and it’s often difficult to follow the debate on these policies in adjacent provinces.
IBM is contributing a multi-million dollar private cloud to a consortium of Springboard institutions in NS. The system, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, will be operational in early 2014. The Collaboration for Analytics Research, Education and Technology (CARET) will share a computing platform. It will enable research and the creation of new curriculum, to better equip graduates with high-demand analytics skills. The system is being hosted at Dal, but will also be shared with faculty and students at Acadia, CBU, MSVU, NSCC, SMU and StFX.
Entrepreneur and smartphone app developer Patrick Malone has his sights set on Fredericton. He has taken his smartphone app, iTendr, to the popular TV show Dragon’s Den. While Malone has been living in Vancouver for five years, he says the company is eyeballing Fredericton, which has a high profile in the tech community. Everyone in the tech community knows Radian6 sold to Salesforce for $600 million last year and that UNB is fertile ground for tech startups, says Malone. “For a small city, it is punching way above its weight class.”
The Concierge Service is a new initiative delivered by NRC-IRAP which offers info and guidance to Canadian SMEs. The mandate of Concierge is to be the primary trusted point of contact for SMEs wanting to grow their firms through innovation. Concierge provides them with relevant information on innovation resources available in Canada (e.g., funding, experts, facilities etc.), guidance in accessing the most relevant available innovation programs and resources, and referrals to appropriate organizations. The Concierge Service is now accessible to the public through the Concierge Service website or by calling the Client Contact Centre at 1-855-53-GUIDE.
This past summer, Karma Gaming began hiring staff for its headquarters in the historic brewery building on the Halifax waterfront, but as is often the case with start-ups, it found it difficult to find the best people in any one place. So it added staff in NB who will work for Karma remotely from that province as they prepare for a satellite office expansion. Company executives have also interviewed candidates in London, England, and the United States, and they have hired a contract worker in New York. “We’re making sure that when we scale up, we do so with talent first and geography second,” says CEO Paul LeBlanc.
Eigen Innovations Inc. is a UNB spin-off company that ticks a lot of boxes on investors’ checklists. The Fredericton startup has a strong industrial partner, patented software and an early adopter that will pay for its product. What’s more, it’s working in one of the sexiest segments of the technology sector, the industrial Internet. Eigen has taken algorithms developed at UNB and is using them to automate manufacturing processes, with the food processing industry as its first target market. The product will use thermal cameras to make sure food is processed as thoroughly and efficiently as possible.
Eigen Innovations is a UNB spin-off from Phase 3 of Springboard Atlantic (2011-2014).