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October 13, 2010 14:00 ET

Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Government of Canada recognizes Moncton firm as a Canadian Innovation Leader

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today recognized Moncton-based Nanoptix as a Canadian Innovation Leader for linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs and economic growth through its cutting-edge approach in developing small-footprint thermal printers that are used in portable and retail applications like theatre or lottery tickets.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Minister Clement. "Our ideas, innovation and inventiveness ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. Today, I am proud to recognize Nanoptix, a successful Canadian firm, as a Canadian Innovation Leader."

Nanoptix is a global provider of thermal direct printers. To build on its earlier success supporting the lottery ticket industry, Nanoptix has expanded its market and is currently developing a new electronic design for a line of small thermal printers using digital signal processing chipsets for faster printing. The new printer product line will also allow use of a new rewriteable paper product. 

A Canadian Innovation Leader is a small- or medium-sized enterprise that demonstrates specific advances in research and development within its industrial sector. The National Research Council of Canada 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 John McDougall. "That's why the NRC Industrial Research Assistance program (NRC-IRAP) is helping innovative Canadian businesses like Nanoptix grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"Our company is known for its engineering strengths in the sector and we have invested a lot of energy into research and development. Non-recurring innovation costs are a big part of our budget and without the help of the National Research Council of Canada, Nanoptix could not stay competitive in the industry. Since the beginning, NRC has supported and helped us with numerous projects and we will forever be grateful for the help they have provided. We greatly value a relationship that has been crucial to our success" Daniel Vienneau, President at Nanoptix.

About National Research Council 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 small- and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

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.

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

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

Contact Information

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