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Nanotech centre helps commercialize new products


Edmonton, AB – A new centre in Edmonton’s Research Park will assist small or large companies that want to bring nanotechnology products to world markets.

The Alberta Centre for Advanced Microsystems and nanotechnology Products (ACAMP) is supported by $11.5 million in total funding with contributions of $8 million from the Alberta government and $3.5 million from Canada’s Western Economic Diversification. The centre will support the province’s growing nanotechnology sector in three critical areas of commercialization – packaging and assembly, business and product development and marketing.

“This new centre – the first of its kind in Canada – will give entrepreneurs a place to turn ideas into viable, market-ready products,” says Doug Horner, Alberta’s minister of advanced education and technology.

ACAMP will identify commercial market opportunities in global markets and promote the province’s nanotechnology capabilities nationally and internationally. An ACAMP team will work with start-up and established technology companies to coordinate product packaging and assembly in-house or through the University of Alberta’s NanoFab, the University of Calgary’s Advanced Microsystems Integration Facility or the National Institute for Nanotechnology of the National Research Council (NINT). ACAMP will also align its product development activities with the Microsystems Technology Research Initiative and Alberta Ingenuity’s nanoWorks program.