December 10, 2015
Loyalist College is pleased to announce that it has partnered with The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation on an applied research project to be developed within the College’s state-of-the-art Supercritical CO2 Extraction Laboratory, in the Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre on campus. Under the lead of Dr. Kari Kramp, Loyalist Biosciences Professor, the research project seeks to determine the effectiveness of supercritical CO2 extraction to generate more efficient extraction of an active ingredient used in The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation’s Relieva™ product. The project, with a total value of $50,000, is made possible by an approved Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) grant from the Ontario Government through Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), an Engage grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and a contribution from The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation.
“This industry collaboration creates a wonderful learning opportunity for Loyalist Biosciences students to investigate innovative extraction methods that will enable The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation to streamline production, increase sustainability efforts, and reduce costs. Experiential learning through industry-driven projects, like this one, allows students to gain skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately in the workplace after they graduate. Our students come to Loyalist to master career-specific skills that are required by employers like The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation.”– Loyalist College President and CEO, Maureen Piercy
“Having done a thorough production audit of our Relieva™ cream for psoriasis and eczema, it became apparent to us that we needed to improve the extraction process for the active ingredient used in the product. This partnership with Loyalist College has created an exciting opportunity to leverage the expertise of Dr. Kari Kramp and the research department as well as the technology housed within the Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction Laboratory to meet our goal of consistently extracting a product of high quality with minimal solvent use. In addition to enhancing our Relieva ™ product line, which will become a very important part of our business, these advanced extraction technologies can subsequently be utilized for the production of many other plant-based medicinals by The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation.” – Michael Arnkvarn, Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Bioceutical Corporation.
“The Supercritical CO2 Extraction Laboratory provides our community and industry partners with access to the expertise of our professors and leading technology. Having the support of funding agencies such as OCE and NSERC enables the College to enhance its applied research capacity and innovation.” – Dean of Applied Sciences, Skills and Technology Ann Drennan
“Loyalist is the only College in Canada offering this level of technology in a dedicated Supercritical CO2 Extraction Laboratory. In fact, pilot-scale Supercritical CO2 Extraction facilities are not available anywhere else in Ontario, allowing the College to access a very niche market. As an industry driven portal, our Laboratory provides the local region with access to extraction and evaluation technology for commercially relevant and biologically active compounds. With increasing consumer demand for ‘natural’ products and quality extracts and ingredients, Supercritical CO2 Extraction technology is highly sought after. The modest temperature and pressures used with Supercritical CO2 Extraction generate high quality products without solvent residue, eliminating several of the toxicity and safety issues associated with traditional petrochemical processes.” – Dr. Kari Kramp, Loyalist Biosciences Professor
About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 per cent. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and 500+ online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit loyalistcollege.com.
About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (www.oce-ontario.org):
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, domestic and foreign investors, and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices, innovation, entrepreneurship and research, OCE invests in such areas as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), which helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. Learn more at www.onebusiness.ca
About the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC is the primary funding agency supporting Canada’s science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by working with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in post-secondary research projects. www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca
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