Aquatic and crop resource development
Canada's reliance on natural resources — from our vast lands and our many waterways — has supported much of the economy through the centuries and still does so today. Natural resources continue to play an important part in Canada's bio-economy and NRC helps develop and optimize higher-end products from these resources. Together, we transform Canada's bio-based resources beyond commodity foods to provide value-added and sustainable products that offer economic benefits and competitive advantages in global markets.
The NRC advantage
The NRC's Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre helps clients to sustainably convert Canada's natural resources into products while protecting the environment and Canadians' futures, and ensuring economic benefits. We work directly with clients to realize technological advances with aquatic and crop resources destined for natural health products, foods and beverages, fibres, bioenergy, bioremediation, bio-based chemicals and other bio-product sectors. Whether your products are derived from oilseeds, seafood, fruits, algae, grains or biomass waste, our team can contribute to your success.
Our solution-driven team of researchers and technicians provide you with the right mix of our technical services, technology development support, collaborative research arrangements, licensing opportunities, credible scientific advice and access to specialized facilities. We help Canadian companies efficiently transform our country's bio-based resources into sustainable, value-added products.
Programs and collaboration opportunities
We have proven accomplishments with industry partners ranging from small to large Canadian companies, supporting technological advances in aquatic and crop resources destined for natural health products, foods and beverages, bio-based chemicals, and other bio-product sectors. Our areas of expertise range from oilseeds, fruits, algae, grains and biomass waste, and specialized programs include:
Technical and advisory services
Depending on your business requirements, you may require expertise and services that complement the capabilities you already have in-house. Whether your team has reached capacity or you require additional skills, you can count on NRC to help speed up the development of your product. Our experienced researchers and business experts can advise you, while our highly skilled technicians run confidential, fee-for-service tests on your behalf using our technology platforms and specialized facilities.
We apply our technical expertise to provide partners and clients with custom analytical, preclinical and lab scale R&D services. We develop and test new or existing products, including functional ingredients, from Canadian natural bioresources, such as agricultural crops and residues, fisheries products, microalgae and seaweed. We also provide R&D support for companies seeking product and process innovations to fuel growth and marketplace differentiation or requiring product development support to validate safety, quality, and efficacy of products.
We provide technical services on a fee-for-service basis including:
- Analytical chemistry services
- Applied genomics
- Bio-analysis and pre-clinical validation
- Bioconversion and bioprocessing
- Cell-based assays
- Environmental toxicology
- Imaging, fluorescence and microscopy
- Ingredient and Product Characterization, Quality Assurance and Quality Control
- Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) services
- Seed oil analysis and Oilseed trait engineering
- Pharmacological and toxicological characterization
- Plant cell technology and tissue culture
- Plant hormone profiling
Our national infrastructure and research investments help you solve research and product development challenges, and you benefit from our specialized equipment and expertise. We operate and maintain an impressive array of scientific instrumentation and platform technologies in labs in Saskatoon, Ottawa, Montreal, Boucherville, Charlottetown and Halifax. These capabilities range from sophisticated imaging technologies, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, photobioreactors and a phytotron; to high-performance liquid chromatography, a microbial fermentation pilot plant and tandem mass spectrometry.
Delivering market-ready bio-based products may require additional technologies, process methodologies, genes, or libraries of natural compounds. We extend licensing opportunities for varied applications and geographical regions. Contact our business experts to discuss your needs and find out how partnership with NRC may accelerate your time to market.
Working with us
Your investors, partners and clients want you to deliver competitive, cost-effective, safe, renewable and innovative products. Delivering your ideas and products from the lab to the marketplace will take numerous resources to overcome technical hurdles, so consider us an extension of your team.
Our team of biochemists, geneticists, analytical chemists, toxicologist, molecular biologists, expert technicians and more are at your disposal. You may also benefit from our colleagues in Engineering, Emerging Technologies, and Human Health Therapeutics research divisions, our connections to other R&D and regulatory organizations, as well as private sector partners. We apply our expertise and put our facilities to work to help strengthen Canada's economic position by growing global market share for Canadian industry.
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