New Brock institute will lead in bioscience

The federal government has committed $5 million toward Brock University’s new Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute. Pictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock President Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Director Debbie Inglis, Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon, Brock Chemistry Instructor Paul Zelisko and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey.

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


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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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