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July 23, 2009 09:40 ET

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research and Development in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - July 23, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution to Chemaphor Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

The funding supports an innovative research and development project that will assist Chemaphor in developing high-tech biotechnology solutions for global markets.

"Our government is committed to building a competitive advantage for the Canadian private sector and supports these leading-edge technology solutions," said Minister Goodyear. "The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life."

Chemaphor is a biotechnology research innovator, developing and commercializing products for animal health, skin care, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical markets. The company was the first client to reside in NRC's Industry Partnership Facility in Charlottetown when it opened in 2007.

The $296,386 contribution from the Government of Canada will support Chemaphor in researching, developing and commercializing leading-edge technology that promotes better human and animal health.

"Investing in science and technology is critical for developing highly skilled people and improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms," said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "That's why NRC-IRAP is helping innovative Canadian businesses such as Chemaphor grow stronger, faster and bigger."

Meanwhile, Chemaphor is also being recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth.

A Canadian Innovation Leader is a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) that demonstrates specific advances in research and development within its industrial sector. NRC created the Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate Program to recognize Canadian firms that have successfully developed and applied innovative technologies.

"NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in the success of our company," said David Hankinson, Chairman of the Board for Chemaphor. "The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP will help us continue to innovate high-tech biotechnology solutions that benefit all Canadians."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) 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. NRC-IRAP 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.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to bolster NRC-IRAP support for innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For more information (media only), please visit NRC-IRAP's Web site

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications