GreenCentre Canada Inc., Kingston ON, is looking to accelerate industry implementation of its game-changing green chemistry technologies by collaborating with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), a leading materials research centre in Mississauga ON.
GreenCentre, a national centre of excellence for identifying and developing green technologies, aims to leverage XRCC’s expertise and state-of-the-art engineering facility and chemical pilot plant. The collaboration is expected to also help further GreenCentre’s mission to advance sustainable chemistry innovations into the marketplace.
“We are thrilled to have access to the infrastructure and expertise at XRCC, which allows us to take our technology development to a whole new level,” says Rui Resendes, executive director of GreenCentre Canada. “We are now able to significantly expand our ability to serve our clients and stakeholders in advancing game-changing green chemistry technologies for industrial uptake.”
Since its inception in 2009, GreenCentre has worked with chemistry researchers and entrepreneurs to develop their green chemistry technologies in preparation for industry adoption. GreenCentre’s in-house laboratory, which has underpinned its commercialization activities to date, is limited in scale. By working with XRCC, GreenCentre immediately expands its development capacity beyond the bench scale to pilot scale. Consequently, GreenCentre can now respond to industry’s need for appropriately scaled and de-risked green technology options.
The agreement with XRCC allows GreenCentre to retain rights to new IP created as part of the technology development and scale up at XRCC. Ensuring direct access to relevant IP greatly improves the likelihood of industry adopting these promising technologies.
Formed in 2009 and funded by the governments of Ontario and Canada, and industry, GreenCentre is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR). GreenCentre’s product and application development activities are housed in a 10,000 square foot facility dominated by state-of-the-art wet labs with solvent-handling systems, inert atmosphere glove boxes and standard analytical equipment. GreenCentre is located at Innovation Park at Queen’s University in Kingston.