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Science Cluster Forum Mississauga, ON May 5, 2009. Agenda for Today. Welcome & Introductions Overview of FOODTECH Canada Background to Growing Forward / Science Clusters and past AAFC Discussions Cluster Formation and Management Industry Input on identifying research priorities

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agenda for today
Agenda for Today
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Overview of FOODTECH Canada
  • Background to Growing Forward / Science Clusters and past AAFC Discussions
  • Cluster Formation and Management
  • Industry Input on identifying research priorities
  • Research & Connection to Commercialization
  • Sector Engagement & Support
  • Next steps ….
a canadian network
A Canadian Network

Twelve food & bio-product technology Centres have combined to become a “national” asset to the value added agri-food, seafood, bio-resource, and natural health products industries.

foodtech members
FOODTECH Members
  • Food Processing Development Centre, Leduc, AB
  • POSPilot Plant Corp., Saskatoon, SK
  • Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, Saskatoon, SK
  • Manitoba Food Development Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB
  • Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg, MB
  • Guelph Food Technology Centre, Guelph, ON
  • Cintech Agroalimentaire, Saint-Hyacinthe, PQ
  • Centre Technologie des Produits Aquatiques, Gaspé, PQ
  • Research and Productivity Centre, NB
  • P.E.I. Food Technology Centre, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
  • Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology, Halifax, NS
  • Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, St. John’s, NFLD
our combined resources
Our combined resources
  • $100M+ in Infrastructure
  • $65M in Equipment
  • 190 Staff with Technical Expertise (PhD, MSc, BSc)
  • $33,000,000 annual Operating Budgets
  • 207,000 ft2 Pilot plant and Incubation facilities
  • 20 international patents (on packaging technologies, extraction methods, food and bio-process and equipment technologies)
proven in innovation commercialization
Proven in Innovation & Commercialization

Each year the Centres, collectively…

  • Work with over 100 companies
  • Conduct more than $21 M in industry services and $14 M in technical commercialization projects
  • Respond to over 6,000 inquiries
  • Bring 250 new products to market
  • Train over 6,000 people
member services
Member Services
  • Technology Brokering & Market Intelligence:
    • Accessing novel technologies and assessing their fit; managing IP/licensing
    • Collection, dissemination and interpretation of technical and market intelligence
  • Product Development & Process Design/Improvements:
    • Formulations, shelf-life testing, package and equipment design, sustainability
  • Pilot Plant Facilities:
    • Scale up, prototype development, toll processing and incubation
  • Training & Consulting:
    • Food Safety/HACCP, Quality Control, R&D, Productivity Improvement, and Regulatory support
  • Analysis: Chemical, physical, sensory, microbiological
  • Extracting bioactive components for health and nutrition:
  • Creating Industrial Bio-Products and Bio-Fuels
food industry findings
Food industry findings
  • Processors are in need of more product launch and market access support from the Centres.
  • Looking for expertise throughout the entire commercialization process.
  • Medium and large companies looking for partners to assist them with new technology advancement.
  • New product runs and experimentation could be handled more cost effectively at a food Centre rather than interrupting processing schedules.
foodtech objectives
FOODTECH Objectives
  • Establish a national chain of collaborative “Centres of Technical Expertise” (CTEs) that link directly to the strategic needs of the industry while supporting government innovation and prosperity initiatives.
  • Optimize investment in capabilities and capacities in order to serve the innovation and commercialization needs of the industry.
foodtech objectives1
FOODTECH Objectives
  • Become the globally recognized “technology commercialization provider of choice” and portal for industry to develop value-added products through partnerships, quality service and an understanding of industry needs and market opportunities.
  • Be the leading advocate for innovation, emerging technologies, commercialization best practices, and technology transfer investment in food and bio-products.
enabling commercialization
Enabling Commercialization

FOODTECH members are involved in innovation and commercialization in the following ways:

  • Proactively sourcing technologies and linking them with industry
  • Progressing technology through applied research to product launch
  • Educating and informing industry of technologies, their applications and market opportunities
  • Providing technical assistance and business support throughout the development and launch phases.
innovation commercialization pathway

INNOVATION CONTUIM

DISCOVERY

PHASE

PRE-ADOPTION / PRE-COMMERCIALIZATION

PHASE

MARKETING

PHASE

Market Development

Basic

Research

Applied

Research

Prototype

Development

Demonstration

Full Scale

Market Ready

Product Development

Market

Entry

Innovation & Commercialization Pathway

FOODTECH members lead industry through Innovation Chain

commercialization pathway
Commercialization Pathway

Gvt$

ROI

Information Exchange

with Industry

Basic

Research

Applied

Research

Development

Pre-

Commercial

Market Entry

Manufacturing

Universities

Government

Research

FOODTECH

Members

Industry

Consumers

science clusters
Science Clusters – Seeding the establishment of science groups, not adding to AAFC’s capacity, but adding to the critical masses of focused capacity in partnerships 

FOODTECH MEMBERS offer:

- Science in support of food processing and technology

- Wide array of partnerships with research and industry organizations within each Centre, and externally with FOODTECH.

Science Clusters
clusters
Clusters

Commercialization

Pulse

Horticulture

Beef

Pork

Seafood

Organic

Food & Bio-Processing Industry Cluster

Concept

food processing commercialization cluster
Food Processing Commercialization Cluster

FOOD

INDUSTRY

Industry

Associations

Bio-

industry

IP

Suppliers

Agri-

industry

Universities

Financial

Legal

Networks

AAFC

Research

NRC

Consultants

thank you
Thank you

on behalf of

FOODTECH Canada’s

Board of Directors & Members

going forward
Going Forward

Meeting to initiate the establishment of Food Industry Science Cluster; create Steering Committee with Industry representation

Development of Industry Sector Strategy Process and Undertake Sector Interactions to establish and affirm priorities

Development of Science Advisory Board (industry/academia/gvt researchers)

Develop key partnerships with researchers (RFP process and/or scanning)

Develop ‘science’ work plan and apply for funding

Oversee implementation of science work plan

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