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May 23, 2012 - DARTMOUTH (NS)

As part of the Harper Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced investments to support and promote innovation through research and development in Nova Scotia. This includes funding for projects to enhance Nova Scotia’s reputation in sectors such as medical technology and marine sciences.

“Our Government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. We recognize that innovation and research and development are crucial to a competitive economy and the creation of new, high-value jobs,” said Minister MacKay, on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “The variety of projects being funded in Nova Scotia speaks to the diversity of talent and expertise living and working in our province. From reducing radiation exposure in 3-D medical imaging to refueling unmanned surface vehicles at sea, our private and public sector research community is creating game-changing technologies.”

The funding announced today is part of a total investment of close to $49 million being made in 21 innovative research and development (R&D) projects in Atlantic Canada under Competitive Round 2011 of the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF). In Nova Scotia, the Harper Government is investing over $12 million in six new R&D projects under AIF.

The Request for Letters of Intent and Project Proposals for AIF Competitive Round 2012 is now underway. Private sector enterprises, universities, colleges and research organizations are invited to submit a letter of intent by 2:00 p.m. on June 28, 2012, followed by a project proposal by 2:00 p.m. September 26, 2012, to apply for funding.

The Atlantic Innovation Fund encourages partnerships among private sector firms, universities, colleges and other research institutions to develop new or improved products and services. Hundreds of technologies, products, processes and services developed with the support of the AIF were successfully commercialized, resulting in millions of dollars in incremental sales.

For a complete list of AIF-funded projects, visit

FOR BROADCAST USE: Minister Peter MacKay today announced an investment of more than $12 million from the Government of Canada in six new R&D projects in Nova Scotia. The investments are made under the Atlantic Innovation Fund and aimed at supporting and promoting innovation and research and development. This includes funding for projects to enhance Nova Scotia’s reputation in sectors such as medical technology and marine sciences.

Minister MacKay said that the government continues to invest in innovation and research and development because they are crucial for a competitive economy and the creation of new, high-value jobs.

This announcement is part of a total investment of close to $49 million in 21 innovative R&D projects in Atlantic Canada. The application process for the next round of funding under the AIF was also announced.


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Nova Scotia Projects

CarteNav Solutions Inc. - Advance AIMS-ISR® COP

This project will develop technology and tools for exploitation of the imagery that is collected by CarteNav's existing military security system. The resulting product will help command and control teams in the military, public safety and commercial settings, who use Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (IRS) platforms, to make better and faster decisions as a result of the intelligent computer vision image exploitation system. In short, the project will develop technologies that will enable command and control decision makers to review intelligence and make faster decisions.

Total Project Cost—$2,941,189
AIF Contribution—$2,091,189

Michel Lechmann Chief Operating Officer
902-446-4988 (ext. 213)

Rolls Royce - Development of Support Technologies for Unmanned Surface Vehicles

This project will develop an integrated sensor handling system to overcome technological gaps in launch and recovery for marine Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV’s). R&D will also be applied to refueling capabilities so that USV’s can be refueled at sea. In short, the project will develop technology for automatically conducting refueling and launch/recovery missions at sea for unmanned surface vehicles.

Total Project Cost—$4,743,793
AIF Contribution—$3,000,000

Geoff Lebans Program Executive

DMF Medical Inc. - ZeroSorb

DMF Medical will refine and optimize ZEROSORB, a prototype CO2 removal device for anesthetic circuits, which uses membrane technology rather than absorbent chemicals. The product will fit into existing anesthesia equipment, will avoid issues of disposing of hazardous waste, and will expel less anesthetic vapors into the air (reduces cost of vapors used as they will be contained and reused).

Total Project Cost—$2,037,266
AIF Contribution—$1,245,617

Dr. Michael Schmidt President & Director

Jasco - Marine Mammal Sensor System (MMSS)

This project aims to develop a Maritime Ambient Noise Monitoring Systems (MANMS). Company will conduct real-time and autonomous monitoring of the ocean environment using acoustics. The resulting products will be a suite of software and hardware components/building blocks which can be assembled into ocean measurement and monitoring systems. These can be used to assess and monitor the impact of marine industrial and human activities on marine environments in remote locations.

Total Project Cost—$2,604,568
AIF Contribution—$1,953,426

Mr. John Moloney
Business Development Manager
405-3336 (ext. 1002)

Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) - Low-Dose Radiographic Imaging for Paediatric Ortho Surgery

This project aims to develop and refine radiostereometric analysis (RSA) techniques into the field of pediatric orthopedics. It also aims to merge RSA techniques with the low radiation slot-scanning X-ray imager system of EOS Imaging (a collaborator from France) to enable precise 3-D images with a fraction of the radiation exposure.

Total Project Cost—$3,121,306
AIF Contribution—$2,210,184

Dr. Patrick McGrath
Vice President, Research
902- 470-8618

Halifax Biomedical Incorporated- Expand HBI Dynamic RSA imaging technology

Halifax Biomedical Inc. will build on its measurement business and expand the use of its measurement platform into patient spine motion assessments before an operation (pretreatment 3D spine motion measurement), integration of this characterization model into the operating room environment (surgical visualization tools) and the expansion of its patient spine motion assessment capabilities in a post operative environment (patient assessment services).

Total Project Cost—$2,942,401
AIF Contribution—$1,906,801

Chad Munro
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