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Funding for bioindustrial products available

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions has launched a new funding program aimed at helping companies with pre-commercial or commercial development of new bioindustrial products or technologies. Bioindustrial products derived from agricultural or forest biomass are currently used in several sectors, ranging from areas such as personal-care products, chemicals, the energy industry, construction and manufacturing. A minimum […] Read more

Heather Bruce

Digital meat-grading scanner making its way to the processing floor

The device developed at U of A uses near infrared 
and visible light to detect fat and meat colour

Grading is an important step for processors, and the industry has traditionally used human graders to measure qualities such as marbling, as well as fat colour and texture. But processors are now moving towards electronic grading tools and technology. Technologies such as the Computer Vision System’s BeefCam module have achieved up to 64 per cent […] Read more


Stan Blade, current CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, will be the new dean of the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta.

Stan Blade chosen new agriculture dean at U of A

A veteran of Albertan agricultural research has been named the next dean of the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta. Stan Blade, currently chief executive officer of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, will assume his new role Aug. 1, replacing John Kennelly, who will remain in the department after a […] Read more