Bio-based Specialty Chemicals program

The volatility of fossil fuel prices and shifting consumer preferences has given way to a growing market for safer, renewable and more sustainable natural resources. The Bio-based Specialty Chemicals (BSC) program works with Canadian companies to develop technologies and services that produce high-value specialty chemicals from biomass as an alternative to traditional fossil fuel feedstocks.

Strategic research areas include oleochemicals, novel fermentation feedstocks, biopesticides, flavourings and fragrances, industrial enzymes and greener chemical conversion technologies. The BSC program works with industry partners to develop high-quality specialty chemicals for use in a variety of consumer and industrial applications, such as personal care and cosmetics, food and nutritional ingredients, household goods and agricultural products.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.


Sonia Martin, Program Lead
Telephone: 450-641-5357

Laurel O’Connor MBA, MIT
Acting Business Advisor, ACRD
Telephone: 306-975-4573

Online request form

Submit an online request for information about our programs and services.

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Targeted industries

Biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, pulp and paper, health and wellness, personal care, functional foods and beverages, bioactive ingredients, biomanufacturers


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