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National Research Council Canada-NRC

September 11, 2009 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research and Development in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced contributions to four Cambridge-based companies from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

These contributions total more than $340,000 and support innovative research and development projects that will assist these companies in developing high-tech solutions for global markets.

"Our government is committed to building a competitive advantage for the Canadian private sector," 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."

The contributions include:

- A $187,500 contribution to Centra Industries Inc. that will support the company in developing a tool data management system to have real-time data for machining tools.

- A $100,000 contribution to eSentire, Inc. that will support the company in two separate projects related to software security and network monitoring.

- A $30,000 contribution to Logicap Engineering Corp. that will support the company in developing a customizable component database to be integrated into an automated tooling design system.

- A $29,944 contribution to New Age Robotics & Controls Inc. that will help the company complete a marketing analysis survey and sales business strategy for the consumer goods and packaging sector.

"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 Cambridge businesses such as these grow stronger, faster and bigger."

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