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New laboratory supports R&D efforts in agriculture, fishing and aquaculture

SAULNIERVILLE - Université Sainte-Anne and Comeau Sea Foods’ Nova West Laboratory are pairing up to discover solutions for local needs.

Université Sainte-Anne and Comeau Sea Foods are being innovative with a shared laboratory.

The university today officially opened its laboratory of innovation in science and industry, a key component of its research, development and innovation cluster. The new laboratory is co-located with Nova West Laboratory’s facility in Saulnierville.

Under the collaborative structure of the RD&I cluster, university researchers and lab technicians will work alongside Nova West Laboratory employees to coordinate core research activities, opportunities for student apprenticeships and responsiveness to industry research and development needs.

The collaboration, announced in April, received a $482,920 contribution from the federal government, and $100,000 from the Nova Scotia government. 

 The 1,600 square foot laboratory will have a genomic-biochemistry room, a cell tissue culture room and a media preparation room.

In addition to supporting RD&I efforts in the agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors, the cluster will be a critical tool to provide post-secondary students with an avenue to engage with the business community on applied research.

In a news release, West Nova MP Greg Kerr said, “Students getting practical experience in a business setting and businesses gaining access to valuable research and development services are the sustainable benefits of this project.”  

Premier Stephen McNeil added that strengthening research and development linkages between the public and private sectors is what is needed to help turn around the province’s economy.

Organizations: Nova West Laboratory

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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