Lambton College is receiving $850,000 in grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation as part of a total of $5.42 million in grants and another $1.6 million in funds that will help institutions pay for incremental operating and maintenance costs.
The money locally will go towards new equipment to be used at the Bio-industrial Process Research Centre.
The announcement of the funding was made on Monday by MP Kate Young, the Parliamentary Secretary for Science who represents London West.
Sarnia Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, who was in attendance at the announcement, said later that she supported the announcement.
“Lambton College continually punches above their weight and it is great to see the Federal Government continue to recognize their hard work and noteworthy industrial partnerships with financial support.”
Dr. Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, executive dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Lambton College, said the equipment being funded will significantly enhance the existing capacity of laboratories associated with the BPRC.
“This unique, state-of-the-art equipment will give bio companies the ability to improve upon or develop new bio-based products and processes,” said Sheikhzadeh. That will, in turn, help them to commercialize novel technologies.
Judith Morris, Lambton College president and CEO, said the funding “allows us to continue to provide distinctive programming, applied research opportunities, (and) community and industrial engagement initiatives at Lambton College.”
Morris added that the funding also “means our graduates will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of industry employers.”