Bio-based Specialty Chemicals program


The volatility of fossil fuel prices and shifting

consumer preferences has given way to a growing market for safer, renewable and more sustainable natural resources. The Bio-based Specialty Chemicals (BSC) program works with Canadian companies to develop technologies and services that produce high-value specialty chemicals from biomass as an alternative to traditional fossil fuel feedstocks.

Strategic research areas include oleochemicals, novel fermentation feedstocks, biopesticides, flavourings and fragrances, industrial enzymes and greener chemical conversion technologies. The BSC program works with industry partners to develop high-quality specialty chemicals for use in a variety of consumer and industrial applications, such as personal care and cosmetics, food and nutritional ingredients, household goods and agricultural products.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.

Collaboration opportunities

Working with NRC means you have a

multidisciplinary research and technology organization helping develop your products and technologies. Leverage our resources to extend your R&D activities and maximize your investment. We work with you to co-develop innovative near market-ready technologies to expedite commercialization efforts and minimize risk. We work with you to:

  • Develop new feedstocks specific for your high-value, bio-based chemicals
  • Overcome technical barriers to commercializing your core technology
  • Develop innovative and next generation technologies for producing specialty chemicals
  • Anticipate and respond to changing regulatory and consumer market forces
Collaborator benefits

Include NRC in your R&D planning. With our early stage guidance, we can support your objectives. We understand the best R&D strategies for converting biomass into specialty chemicals. Let us enhance your competitive position in the bio-based chemical market and work with us to:

  • Expand your product's versatility and diversify your market applications
  • Improve the efficiency, quality and consistency of current processes
  • Access expertise and infrastructure outside of your core internal capabilities
  • Advance your technologies from pilot to demonstration scale
  • Use cutting edge science to differentiate your fine, specialty and niche products from competitors
Technical and advisory services
Research facilities

Contact us

Sonia Martin, Program Lead
Telephone: 450-641-5357

Laurel O’Connor MBA, MIT
Acting Business Advisor, ACRD
Telephone: 306-975-4573

Targeted industries

Biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, pulp and paper, health and wellness, personal care, functional foods and beverages, bioactive ingredients, biomanufacturers