National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

September 14, 2009 15:05 ET

NRC: Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Government of Canada recognizes Infonium Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2009) - Senator Wilbert Keon, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized Ottawa-based Infonium Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader for its success in developing innovative healthcare applications.

"The Government of Canada believes that funding in science and technology are investments in Canada's future," said Senator Keon. "Our ideas, innovation and inventiveness ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. Today, I am proud to recognize Infonium, a successful Canadian firm, as a Canadian Innovation Leader."

Founded in 2000, Infonium develops enterprise application software for the Canadian healthcare industry. Because it is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing systems, Infonium's software improves accountability evaluation and reporting for health system users and administrative efficiency within hospitals. By focusing solely on the Canadian healthcare industry, Infonium has acquired profound knowledge of the challenges in the industry, particularly in the areas of Accountability and Efficiency.

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

"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 the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is helping innovative Canadian businesses such as Infonium grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"Our systems are enabling healthcare transformation across Canada," says Infonium CEO Jay Lawrence. "NRC-IRAP's collaboration was essential for our project to succeed, due to the high cost of research and development."

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