TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - GDG ENVIRONMENT GROUP (TSX VENTURE:GDG) welcomes with deep satisfaction a financial contribution of $350,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) for a project aiming at developing a new technology for the rapid detection and quantification of cyanobacterial toxins. Moreover, its subsidiary, GDG Environnement, will benefit from technical and business advisory services.
The proliferation of cyanobacteria in numerous lakes and rivers has generated much human and animal health concerns. Thus, real-time detection and precise measurement of toxins in the field become essential for the protection of public health. The participation of NRC will make it possible for GDG Environnement to develop a biosensor, which can easily be used to test drinking and bathing waters, but also waters used in agricultural and industrial environments and food industries. The biosensor will be composed of a new generation of nanotechnology in regards to toxin detection and signal detection analysis. According to Mr. Christian Back, Vice-President of Science and Technologies: "This technology can readily be integrated in the development of an easy to use hand-held device. It offers reliability, specificity and sensitivity comparable to the methods used in laboratories. Moreover, it can be commercialized at competitive prices", Mr. Back added.
"The protection of public health and the environment is the heart of our mission. Research on blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) began more than two years ago and is an important part of GDG Environnement's growth plan" added Jean-Guy Lanouette, President of the Company.
NRC-IRAP provides technical and business advisory services and financial assistance to the small and medium-sized enterprises, who qualified, so they can grow bigger through innovation. This financial contribution is part of the Canada's Economic Action Plan.
About GDG Environment Group (www.groupegdg.com)
Since 1980, GDG Environment Group, a recognized leader in the integrated control of biting flies, offers a broad range of services targeting the improvement of quality of life and the protection of public health, mainly through the biological control of biting flies, ragweed control, vector control and the surveillance and prevention of West Nile Virus in Canada.
GDG Environment Group operates 4 divisions: GDG Environnement, front-runner in the biological control of biting flies and vector control, GDG Aviation which manages all aerial operations for the Group, Diamond Sylvico, a Northern Quebec subsidiary, firmly established in the Cree Community of Waskaganish (James Bay territory) and Groupe Bio Services, which services are a complement to those offered by Group GDG Environment.
The Group has a strong team of scientists and managers plus a team of nearly 200 professionals and technicians in the summer. The Group is established as the most important player in Canada, after more than 500 successful mandates in the field of biological control of biting flies and in the management of disease vectors. The Company focuses on organic growth on the international market and on forming strategic partnerships.
Listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since April 2008, the shares of GDG Environment Group are traded under the ticker "GDG" - (TSX VENTURE:GDG).
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