New biotechnology chair at Laurentian University

Ontario is supporting a new research chair at Laurentian University that will focus on biotechnologies for the mining sector, the government said in a release on Tuesday.

With an investment of more than $630,000 through the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Laurentian University is creating a five-year Industrial Research Chair position in bio-mining, bio-remediation and science communication. The Chair will lead an international research program, focusing on developing innovative bio-tech treatment technologies to dispose of or use mine waste in more efficient and environmentally sustainable ways.

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC, said: “Ontario’s renewed Mineral Development Strategy identifies how continuous innovation is key to maintaining Ontario’s leadership position in the mining sector. We want to maintain Ontario’s position as the place the world’s mineral sector turns to for innovations in mining technology.”

This project will create employment opportunities for students as field and lab technicians, research assistants and data managers. Ontario’s investment will also help leverage approximately $160,000 in support from Laurentian University that has been earmarked for research equipment and infrastructure.

Since 2003, Ontario has committed over $1.1 billion through the NOHFC to 7,310 projects, leveraging more than $3.9 billion in direct economic activity and creating or sustaining over 27,500 jobs in Northern Ontario.

Laurentian University will be partnering with various industrial partners throughout the five year research period including Vale, Glencore, Denison Environmental and Metagenom Bio. In the Sudbury area, the NOHFC has invested about $177 million in 1,035 projects that have helped create or retain more than 3,000 jobs. – CINEWS

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