National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

August 18, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Agricultural Research

Alberta-based Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. to develop an alternative to antibiotics for Canadian livestock

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2010) - Canadian livestock could soon have access to a healthier alternative for antibiotics, thanks to an investment made in an Alberta business by the Government of Canada. The announcement was made by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Minister Clement. "This investment will help Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. develop, manufacture, and market healthy animal feed supplements."

Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. will receive $271,177 from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program to gain a better understanding of the optimal level of supplementation of dietary nucleotides in swine, poultry, aquaculture, and dairy cattle diets. The project involves measuring basic health and immune indices, developing data to support marketing efforts, and conducting growth performance trials.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided new resources of $200 million to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program over two years to support innovative Canadian firms. To learn more, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan website (

"NRC-IRAP's support is important for our company and for the expansion of our products," said Owen Jones, President of Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. "Our relationship with the National Research Council of Canada has led to many advancements that have been mutually beneficial."

Established in 1984, Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. develops and manufactures products utilized in feed, food and industrial applications. Custom formulation and product design, coupled with assay technology and continuous research and development, enables the company to tailor specific mixtures and application procedures for unique practices around the world.

About National Research Council of Canada and its Industrial Research Assistance Program

The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. The National Research Council of Canada is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

For more information (media only), please visit the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program's website (

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan
    Press Secretary