The new name of Brock University’s landmark facility is a mouthful: Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI). What it will do is make the Niagara region a research and innovation leader in bioagriculture, bioscience and chemical manufacturing sectors.
On September 3, federal politicians Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle announced $5 million to make the institute a real entity. The funding comes from FedDev through the Community Economic Development and Diversification stream.
Area businesses will be able to access Brock University’s researchers, expertise and advanced technology in a $6.1-million expansion of Brock’s Mackenzie Chown Complex. It’s expected to open in 2021.
The VPMI will be comprised of three main components: research and innovation; testing and prototyping; and training. It will expand on existing partnerships created through Brock’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre (ABC), Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and the BrockLINC.
A wide range of sectors will benefit such as wine production, cannabis, food-based products, health care, medicines and nutritional supplements, and chemical companies that produce polymers and resins used in manufacturing.
Source: Brock University September 3, 2019 news release