Industrial Biotechnology program

The Industrial Biotechnology program works with Canadian companies to overcome technology hurdles in producing high-value chemicals, ingredients and products from renewable biomass as an alternative to traditional feedstocks. These can be used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications, including personal care products, food and nutritional ingredients, household goods, and agricultural products.

Our bio-based capabilities include:

  • biocatalysis and enzyme technologies
  • chemical conversion and synthesis technologies
  • diverse extraction, separation, purification and process application technologies
  • extensive analytical capabilities for biomass and end-product characterization
  • fermentation and microbial production, including process optimization and scale up across a broad spectrum of organisms and feedstocks

Collaborate with us

We have the expertise to support your company from design through to deployment of innovative technologies for producing value-added products from renewable biomass. 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 us means you have a multidisciplinary research and technology organization helping develop your products and technologies. We offer technical services, customized research solutions and partnering opportunities to help accelerate your commercialization and R&D activities. 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 the NRC in your R&D planning—with our early stage guidance, we can support your objectives. We understand the best R&D strategies in transforming renewable resources into high-value bio-based chemicals, ingredients, and products. Let us enhance your competitive position in the bio-based chemical market 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
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Bioconversion and biocatalysis
  • Biomass characterization and feedstock development
  • Characterization, quality assurance and quality control
  • Downstream processing technologies
  • Enzyme development and optimization
  • Fermentation and microbial development
Research facilities
  • Bioprocessing pilot plant
  • Lab-scale reactor and bioreactor
  • Pilot-scale fermentation facilities
  • Plant growth facilities

Contact us

April Luong
Director, Business Development

Targeted industries

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

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