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University of Guelph analysis adds momentum to idea of producing industrial-use sugars in the Chemical Valley

Sept 3, 2013 – A sweet new use for cornstalks might lead to another revenue stream for Southwestern Ontario farmers and a renewable source of industrial materials coming from Canada's Chemical Valley.

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Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Visits Bioindustrial Innovation Centre in Sarnia

Aug 28, 2013 – The Bioenergy Deplyment Consortium (BDC) held its 2013 Symposium in Sarnia, Ontario and toured the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre. The BDC was in Sarnia to learn more about industrial bioclusters and integration of supply chains.

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BioAmber Gets $12 Million in FedDev Ontario Funding 08/28/2013

SARNIA, ON, Aug 28, 2013 – On Aug. 28, 2013, FedDev Ontario announced $12 mllion in funding in support of BioAmber's new $110-million bio-based succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The plant is expected to be operational around the end of 2014. The BioIndustrial Innovation Centre/Sustainable Chemistry Alliance was an early investor in BioAmber Inc.and helped the company move forward on locating in Sarnia.

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Vive Crop Protection Receives First EPA Approval for Flowable Bifenthrin Insecticide

TORONTO, ON, Aug 6, 2013Vive Crop Protection (Vive), a leading provider of effective and environmentally responsible crop protection products, announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved VCP-01, Bifenthrin 10 DF insecticide for foliar use on a variety of crops, turf and ornamentals. This is Vive's first product registration with the EPA.

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Company expected to produce ethanol commercially within three years

SARNIA, ON, June 25, 2013 – Woodland Biofuels' Sarnia pilot plant is helping the company move closer to commercial production of ethanol made from wood waste and other bio-mass.

CEO Greg Nuttall and other Woodland officials were at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Sarnia Tuesday, where the company built a $12-million pilot plant, for an announcement by the federal Economic Development Agency for southern Ontario of up to $800,000 in funding for the facility.

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BioAmber Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

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BIOECONOMY INNOVATION FORUM 2012: Building an Agricultural Bioproducts Industry for Ontario

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CanBio to Present Biomass to Biofuels and Bio-chemicals Workshop in Sarnia on May 1-2

SARNIA, ON, Feb 26, 2013 – As we move deeper into the 21st century, the need to manufacture transportation fuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals with renewable biomass is becoming increasingly apparent.

To convey this message and to bring together biomass and chemical industry stakeholders to discuss renewable options in the new bioeconomy, the Canadian Bioenergy Association, in partnership with the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, will be holding a workshop to discuss various pathways from forest and agricultural biomass to advanced biofuels, bio-chemicals, and bio-products.

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US Patent Issued for BDR's Ceramic Membrane Reactor Technology for the Production of Biofuels

OTTAWA, ON, Feb 6, 2013 – BioDiesel Reactor (BDR) Technologies Inc. announced that US Patent No. 8,366,794 entitled "Apparatus and Method for Biofuel Production" has issued. The patent covers the commercial application of BDR's ceramic membrane reactor technology for the production of biodiesel and Fatty Acid Acyl Esters (FAAE). The patent includes 22 claims and was granted with a 1081 day patent term extension.

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Dr. Murray McLaughlin To Moderate Bio-Based Chemicals Summit

SAN DIEGO, CA, Jan 3, 2013 – On January 28-31, 2013, Strategists, financiers, business development officers, product stewards, and R&D directors from chemicals, bioplastics, consumer goods, and agribiz leaders from around the world will convene at the Hilton in San Diego, California for Infocast's Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit. This is a premier global deal-making hub for the sustainable chemicals industry. Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director of Canada's Bioindustrial Innovation Centre based in Sarnia, Ontario will be moderator and a presenter at this event.

Dr. McLaughlin is Executive Director of the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre and President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. 

Dr. Murray McLaughlin to Speak at Global Bio-based Chemicals Conference

ROTTERDAM, NL, March 13-14, 2013 – Dr. Murray McLaughlin will be speaking at the upcoming Bio-based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The March 13-14, 2013 event will be part of Europe’s largest bioeconomy event - the 8th Annual World Biofuels Markets. Taking place at the Beurs - World Trade Center, the event deliver the latest strategy updates from the chemical giants, news from successful joint ventures of the past 12 months and key supply chain overviews as bio-based chemicals and products continue towards commercialization.

Dr. McLaughlin is Executive Director of the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre and President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. 

BIC Agreement With FAB Supports Development Of Bioindustrial Innovations In Canada And Argentina

SARNIA, ON, October 17, 2012 – The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (BIC) has entered into a collaboration agreement with Fundacion Foro Argentino de Biotecnologia (FAB), to enhance the development of relations between Argentina and Canada in the bioindustrial innovations sector.

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[ BIC Agreement With FAB]

Solutions4CO2’s Integrated Biogas Refinery™ Plans to Transform the North American Biogas Industry

TORONTO, ON, Canada, October 16 2012 — Solutions4CO2 Inc. (the "Company" or "S4CO2") (TSX Venture: SFC), reports that EU countries have an installed base of over 8,000 Anaerobic Digesters (AD) that were developed over the last ten years with the support of government regulation and subsidies. The EU has therefore demonstrated that renewable energy generated from this source of biogas is an attractive alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Without similar forms of support, the development of this source of renewable energy in North America has been limited to 200 AD installations to date.

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Solutions4CO2's Integrated Biogas Refinery™ Plans to Transform the North American Biogas Industry >>

Biofuels plant ready to roll
By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

SARNIA, ON, October 14, 2012 – Woodland Biofuels’ $12-million Sarnia demonstration plant is up and could be producing ethanol from wood waste by the end of the year, says president Greg Nuttall.

The newly-built facility is located at the Western University Research Park’s Bioindustrial Innovation Centre in Sarnia.

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The World and Waste: Managing Our Resources - an independant report from Mediaplanet in the National Post

By Dr. Murray McLaughlin
September 19, 2012
 – I recently spent some time in Brazil and Argentina, part of the time at the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), 4th International Conference on Green Chemistry.

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Woodland Biofuels Announces New COO

TORONTO, ON, August 27, 2012 /CNW/ – Woodland Biofuels, a leading cellulosic ethanol company, has announced that William B. White has joined Woodland's senior management team as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. White was formerly the President of DuPont Canada (1,000 employees, $1 billion revenue) and had an over 30 year career with the global DuPont company in Operations (Director, Global Operations), Marketing, Engineering and leadership of global business units. A long time champion of sustainability, he has recently been working extensively with developing businesses particularly in cleantech as a member of the board of MaRS, the advisory board of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, and in consulting.

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the Fostering of A Cluster: Creating an Innovative Region

Biotechnology Focus Magazine, July/August 2012 – Sarnia has been a cluster in the area of petrochemicals for well over 100years and has benefited exceptionally from that cluster and the collaboration between the public and private sector.

However, as the petroleum industry has consolidated, reduced its research efforts locally, and centralized globally, Sarnia is now production focused for petroleum.

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EcoSynthetix Signs Three-Year Contract With FutureMark Paper Company

BURLINGTON, ON, August 7, 2012 /CNW/ – EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO), a renewable chemicals company that produces a family of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced that FutureMark Paper Company (FutureMark) has signed a three-year contract for a minimum of 2.45 million dry pounds of EcoSphere biolatex binders delivered annually to its Alsip, Illinois, mill. As part of the contract, EcoSynthetix has agreed to install a state-of-the-art dry material handling solution. This equipment will provide ample capacity for FutureMark to increase its use of biolatex, which substitutes for petroleum-based styrene butadiene latex in FutureMark's paper coating. The new system is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2012.

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Greencore Composites To Develop New Products From Wood Fibre

August 1, 2012, Toronto – The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is partnering with GreenCore Composites to develop a new green technology process that will allow wood fibre to be used in a number of new products for the packaging and building applications, such as pallets and various containers.

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Evonik and BioAmber Partner on Catalysts for Sustainable Chemicals Made from Bio-Based Succinic Acid

July 24, 2012, MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Evonik Industries' Catalysts Business Line recently agreed with US based BioAmber Inc. on a long term cooperation for the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making BDO (1,4- butanediol), THF (tetrahydrofuran) and GBL (gamma - butyrolactone) from bio-based succinic acid.  BDO, THF and GBL are large volume industrial chemicals used in a range of applications including polymers, paints, adhesives and solvents.  The global market for these products currently made from petrochemicals is $4 billion.

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Agriculture: A fundamental pillar for a healthy Canada

June, 2012 - In 2004 a group of senior people who were dedicated to Canadian Agriculture developed a vision for the industry that is shaping the future of agriculture.

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June 2012 Media Planet Article >>
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Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Annual General Meeting "The Bioeconomy - Recognizing the Need for Effective Change"

June 12, 2012 - Sustainable Chemistry Alliance hold it's 2012 annual general meeting at the Sarnia Golf and Country Club.

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2012 SCA Annual Meeting >>

BioAmber CEO Says Sarnia Ideal Location for New Plant

May 16, 2012 - At a launch event in Sarnia, Ontario Jean-Francois Huc, President and CEO of BioAmber Inc., talks about reasons behind the company's decision to locate its bio-succinic plant in Sarnia. The $80 million project is expected to be completed for startup at the Lanxess Bio-Industrial Park by November 2013. The facility is a joint venture of BioAmber and Mitsui & Co.

Video Clip of Launch Event:
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BioAmber Unveils Sketch of New Plant in Sarnia, Ontario

May 16, 2012 - At a launch event in Sarnia, BioAmber Inc. unveiled an artist sketch of its new plant to be constructed at the LanXess Bio-Industrial Park. Completion of the $80 million joint venture with Mitsui & Co. is scheduled for November 2013. The facility will have initial capacity of approximately 17,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid.

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Policy Forum: The Greening of Sarnia-Lambton

April 26, 2012 - Providing an indepth look at a 21st century industrial revolution, co-authors from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, describe how this region along the Canada–U.S. border, with roots in traditional petroleum-based fuels and chemicals industries, is developing an academic/industrial R&D Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster that is leveraging the region's abundance of biobased feedstock and chemistry and refinery expertise.

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George Mallay Outlines SLEP's Strategic Plan for the Region

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada April 20, 2012 - A strategic plan for the region's economic growth was unveiled April 20, 2012 by George Mallay, General Manager of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership. The plan outlines an ambitious focused program to strengthen existing industry, attract new industries that are growth oriented, enhance and support entrepreneurs and innovation, and strengthen existing infrastructure. It is designed to promote and support the development of a sustainable community from an economic, cultural, social and environmental standpoint. Mallay is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.

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SLEP Strategic Blueprint 2012-15(PDF) >>

Doug Legge of S4CO2 Talks About the Development of a 50,000 sq ft R&D Plant in Sarnia, Ontario

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada April 20, 2012 - As VP Global Operations of Solutions4CO2 since February 2012, Doug Legge is responsible for the development and execution of the company's operations strategy in support of a global commercial deployment plan. S4CO2 is developing a 50,000 sq. ft. research and development facility at the Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. S4CO2 was formed in September 2010 to design, build, operate and maintain industrial solutions to capture waste gas/water streams and process these streams into value added co-products. The company is included in the investment portfolio of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.

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Solutions4CO2 Inc. Announces Joint Venture With Bard Holding, Inc.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2012 - Solutions4CO2 Inc. (“S4CO2”) (TSXV “SFC”), is pleased to announce a joint venture with BARD Holding, Inc. ( ) (the “S4CO2 – BARD Joint Venture”) to co-develop waste gas/water to co-products facilities in Canada. The initial phase of the joint venture will establish a 50,000 sq. ft. research and development facility (the “Facility”) at the River Centre located in the Bluewater Energy Park ( in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The Bluewater Energy Park is owned and operated by TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta”) (, Canada’s largest power producer. S4CO2 and TransAlta also announce the completion of negotiations regarding the construction and lease of the Facility.

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From the Barcode of Life to Bioindustrial Commercialization - an independant report from Mediaplanet to the National Post

Minneapolis, MN, February 22, 2012 - The world is starting to seriously embrace industrial biotechnology, as they recognize the benefits and positive impacts of managing our dependence on oil and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

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Innovations and Partnerships (Murray McLaughlin on page 2) (PDF) >>

BioAmber Closes $30 Million Financing with LANXESS and Existing Investors

February 2012 - BioAmber Inc. has completed its Series C round of financing with net proceeds of $30 million. The financing was closed in two tranches; a first tranche of $20 million on November 4th, 2011 with existing investors Naxos Capital, Sofinnova Partners, Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and the Cliffton Group, and a second tranche of $10 million on February 6th, 2012 with specialty chemicals company LANXESS. All of BioAmber's Series B investors participated in the Series C financing.

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NatureWorks and BioAmber Form Joint Venture to Commercialize New Bio-based Polymers

Feb 16, 2012 - Two industry-leading companies join forces to expand the range of low carbon-footprint, high- performance, bio-based polymers

NatureWorks, the bio-plastics market leader with its commercial range of IngeoTM biopolymers, and BioAmber, a next-generation chemicals company and a market leader in the commercialization of bio-succinic acid, have announced the creation of AmberWorks, a joint venture to bring new performance bio-based polymer compositions to market.

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NatureWorks and BioAmber Joint Venture Release (PDF) >>

Opportunities in AgriBusiness: Renewable Chemicals Seminar Feb 8, 2012 in Toronto, ON

Feb 6, 2012 - We hope you can join us for "Opportunities in AgriBusiness: Renewable Chemicals", part of our continuing Cleantech in Canada seminar series providing insight on key emerging opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and government.

This seminar series is offered in partnership by industry leaders Deloitte and Norton Rose Canada with MaRS Discovery District, a large scale, mission driven innovation centre focused on building Canada's next generation of technology companies.

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Norton Rose Opportunities in AgriBusiness Seminar (.doc) >>

Ontario Feed-in Tariff Forum April 3-4

Feb 01, 2012 -The third annual Ontario Feed-in Tariff Forum will take place this April 3-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Following two sold-out events, the forum has been established as the leading event for networking with the most influential industry leaders and policy administrators in Ontario.

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Bringing Clean Technologies to Market

Jan 31, 2012 -SDTC is accepting Statements of Interest from February 22nd to April 18th, 2012

SDTC invests in late-stage development and pre-commercial demonstration of clean technologies by Canadian companies in a range of innovative solutions across all industries that address Climate Change, Clean Air, Water and Soil

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Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Invests In Vive Crop Protection's Innovative Technology

SARNIA, ON - The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance announces its investment in Vive Crop Protection, a Toronto-based producer of formulations designed to give growers the ability to increase crop yields safely while reducing the use of petroleum-based additives in crop protection products.

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January 16, 2012 SCA media release (pdf) >>

A hybrid of opportunity

National Post - By definition, green chemistry is "the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design manufacture and application of chemical products."

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Sarnia lands emerging tech company

Sarnia, ON - Another emerging technology company is moving to Sarnia, the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance said Wednesday.

Solutions4CO2 will locate a demonstration facility and its global headquarters at a still undetermined location in the city.

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SCA/S4CO2 media release Nov3, 2011 - the Observer >>

Gas infusion technology company says it will locate in Sarnia-Lambton after $500k investment

Sarnia, ON - A $500,000 investment by the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) will help bring another global technology company to Sarnia-Lambton as part of the region's growing hybrid chemistry cluster.

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SCA/S4CO2 media release Nov3, 2011 - Lambton Sheild >>

SCA Investment Helps Bring S4CO2 to Sarnia-Lambton As Region's Hybrid Chemistry Cluster Further Expands

Sarnia, ON - A $500,000 investment by the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) will help bring another global technology company to Sarnia-Lambton as part of the region's growing hybrid chemistry cluster. Solutions4CO2 will locate its demonstration facility and global headquarters here with joint financial support that includes the SCA and investment firm Macquarie Private Wealth Inc., which acted as Agent for a private placement offering of special warrants in the amount of $1,516,000.

S4CO2 develops industrial-scale CO2 capture and use solutions using gas infusion technology. Uses of dissolved CO2 gas in solutions include rapid acceleration of algae growth for third-generation biofuels production, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, animal/aqua feed, mineralization and separation into clean commercial CO2.

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SCA/S4CO2 media release Nov3, 2011 >>

85 per cent of Canadian clean technology companies require zero government subsidies and are set to compete in $3 trillion global industry according to Canadian Clean Technology Coalition

Ottawa, ON – Canadian Cleantech Summit ­­– October 27, 2011:85 per cent of Canada's clean technology companies require no subsidies, are globally competitive, and are situated in what promises to be a $3 trillion industry by 2020. These findings from a major industry report are being released today at the second annual Canadian Cleantech Summit being coordinated by the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation (OCRI). The Summit will also host the Ottawa launch for Mad Like Tesla, a new book about underdog inventors and their relentless pursuit of clean energy by Toronto Star energy and green technology reporter Tyler Hamilton.

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Oct 17, 2011 - Local industry groups will collaborate with incubator in South Africa

SARNIA, ON - The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and Bioindustrial Innovation Centre have agreed to collaborate on commercialization activities with the eGoLiBio Life Sciences Incubator in South Africa.

"The SCA and BIC are strongly focused on commercialization of technology in Canada, but also with an international perspective of bringing in the best technology from where it is initially developed to create North American opportunities for Canada," says Dr. Murray McLaughlin, executive director of the BIC and president and CEO of the SCA.

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Lambton Shield article (doc) >>
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Oct 17, 2011 - Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, Bioindustrial Innovation Centre To Collaborate with South African Incubator on Commercialization

SARNIA, ON - The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and Bioindustrial Innovation Centre have agreed to collaborate on commercialization activities with the eGoLiBio Life Sciences Incubator in South Africa.

"The SCA and BIC are strongly focused on commercialization of technology in Canada, but also with an international perspective of bringing in the best technology from where it is initially developed to create North American opportunities for Canada," says Dr. Murray McLaughlin, executive director of the BIC and president and CEO of the SCA. "EGoLiBio is an excellent organization to be working with in South Africa as they have a very similar philosophy for South Africa. We look forward to working together for the benefit of our clients."

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SCA BIC eGoLiBio MOU release (pdf) >>
SCA BIC eGoLiBio MOU release (doc) >>

Oct 17, 2011 - BioAmber Wins ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation

Minneapolis,  MN - BioAmber,  Inc.  has  been  awarded  a  2011  ICIS  Innovation  Award,  winning  the  Best  Business  Innovation  category  for  the  development  and  commercialization  of  its  biobased  succinic  acid  platform. BioAmber  joins  an  elite  group  of  past winners that includes Huntsman in 2010 and DSM in 2009.

BioAmber  becomes  only  the  second  company  to  have  won  the  prestigious  ICIS  Innovation  and  the  EPA  Presidential  Green  Chemistry  Challenge  awards  in  the  same  year.    Dow  was  the  first  company  to  accomplish  the  feat  in  2008,  when  Dow  Chemical  won  an  ICIS  Innovation  Award and Dow AgroSciences won an EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

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BioAmber Wins ICIS Innovation Award (pdf) >>

Sept.: The Biotechnology Series - an independant report from Mediaplanet to the National Post

Research Parks: Homegrown Innovation - Research and development in the biotechnology sector will help determine how globally competitive Canada remains in the knowledge economy, while providing very tangible benefits for people more broadly.

If, for example, the world's population swells to nearly 10 billion by 2030 as experts predict, we will be faced with incremental stresses on our environment and unprecedented needs for food, energy and healthcare—particularly in developing nations. Solutions to many of these problems will be found on university campuses and in research parks and incubators sprouting up across the country.

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issue 1 of the Biotechnology series (pdf) >>
issue 2 of the Biotechnology series (pdf) >>

Sept. 13 – 15: Canadian Consulate Hosts Top-Tier Renewable Energy Companies during Colorado's Modern Energy Investors Forum at The Ritz Carlton, Denver

DENVER—September 13, 2011 — Investors, financial analysts and business leaders from the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region will have the opportunity to learn more about Canadian start-up companies specializing in innovative and cost-competitive renewable energy, clean technologies and sustainability services during the 2011 Modern Energy Investor Forum. The Forum takes place in Denver this week at The Ritz Carlton from Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Forum gathers top experts in the industry and brings them to Denver for discussions on ongoing development of technology transfer, market incentives, development projections and investment opportunities. Company representatives from start-ups—specializing in wind, solar, bio-fuels, geothermal, uranium/nuclear, hydro, clean technology and energy conservation—will also present investment opportunities at the Forum's "Rising Star Panels". According to Michelle Ashby, CEO of MINE LLC, which hosts the Forum, over $265 Billion will be invested in the modern energy sector by 2015 in the United State alone.

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Sarnia-Lambton Lands BioAmber's BioSuccinic Acid Plant As Region's Hybrid Chemistry Cluster Continues to Grow

SARNIA, ON - Aug 29, 2011 –The announcement by BioAmber Inc. that it will build its first North American biosuccinic acid plant in Sarnia-Lambton further strengthens the region's development as a world-scale hybrid chemistry cluster. The plant will have an initial capacity of 17,000 MT and will be commissioned in 2013. It will generate 150 construction jobs and 40 full-time jobs initially.

"This is another major step in building a global hybrid chemistry cluster right here in Sarnia-Lambton," said Dr. Murray McLaughlin, President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA). "The decision to build this plant in Canada and specifically in this region was the result of a cohesive community effort that included municipal, provincial and federal governments along with economic development, agriculture and other organizations and individuals." The SCA provided the first commitment to financial support for this Canadian project of BioAmber.

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Hybrid Chemistry Cluster in Sarnia-Lambton - Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Investment in Azule Inc. Gets Further Support from $1.6 Million SDTC Funding

SARNIA, ON - Aug 9, 2011 – Azule Fuel Inc, which has received previous funding support from the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA), will receive an additional $1.6-million in federal funding to continue its groundbreaking work on biodiesel. The funding will be provided through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

"This substantial investment by the SDTC is further evidence that Sarnia is becoming a hybrid chemistry cluster," says Dr. Murray McLaughlin, President and CEO of the SCA. "We share the commitment of the SDTC in working with companies to help them develop early stage technologies that have the potential to move forward to the commercialization stage."

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Ottawa, Ontario, July 28, 2011 - Promising Green Technologies Get Government of Canada Support

The Government of Canada is showing its commitment to a green Canadian economy with a $53 million investment to help 17 new clean technology projects from across the country reach commercialization. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) President and CEO Vicky Sharpe.

“Through our support for cutting-edge clean energy technology we are creating high-quality jobs and protecting our environment,” said Minister Oliver. “These projects demonstrate our leadership in driving technology innovation to help create a vibrant clean energy industry in Canada.”

“Canada's green future lies on the intersection of the economy and the environment, and technologies like the ones receiving funding as part of this round can play a vital role in bringing these two crucial elements together,” said SDTC Chair Juergen Puetter. "In addition to the obvious environmental benefits they can bring, they also have the potential to stimulate our economy in the short and long term."

The 17 innovative clean technologies involve many of Canada’s main economic sectors. Some highlights of this round include:

  • Technologies that will provide added value to farmers and make the agriculture sector more efficient, by helping to reduce the chemicals needed, allowing for better land use and providing added value to farmers
  • Technologies that will reduce the costs of producing electric vehicles, therefore making them more accessible and accelerating their wide adoption
  • Technologies that will help major Canadian industries such as the oilsands, petrochemical production and mining to reduce both their operating costs and their environmental footprint

SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™ has completed eighteen funding rounds, committing $548 million to 223 clean technology projects. These figures include adjustments made to the portfolio.

“The benefits of clean technologies for Canadians are clear.  However, the impact of innovation comes through commercialization: only when R&D reaches the market does it begin delivering results," said Vicky Sharpe, SDTC President and CEO. “By helping promising clean technologies like the ones joining our portfolio today reach the market faster, SDTC is ensuring that Canadians can enjoy their economic and environmental benefits sooner.”

The newly funded projects are representative of the investment priorities established in the SD Business Cases™, a series of six reports published by SDTC and which provide strategic insights into specific economic sectors (available in the Knowledge Centre section of the SDTC website at

Download more information on the projects and SDTC here (.doc) >>

August 1, 2011 - Feds invest in local biofuel venture

A Sarnia firm has received a $1.6-million federal grant to continue its ground-breaking work on biodiesel.

Azule Fuels Inc. is getting the funding from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) fund, one of three announced investments totaling $7-million.

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July 27, 2011 - Canadian alliance to advocate for biorefining sector

An alliance of energy-related trade organizations in Canada is calling on the nation's federal, provincial and territorial governments to act now to develop a comprehensive energy strategy. The coalition, known as the New Economy Alliance, aims to support the development of a national energy vision that would include clean, renewable bioenergy from a broad range of natural resources.

The alliance is bringing together Canadian associations representing forestry, chemicals, agriculture, renewable fuels and biotechnology with the goal of promoting innovation in new technologies that would add value to Canada's vast natural resources. According to information released by the alliance, producing biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials would maintain and create jobs, generate economic growth, enhance Canada's competitiveness and be environmentally beneficial.

Read the full article on Biodiesel Magazine's website (html) >>

Winter 2011 - From Concept to Commercialization (source:Farm Credit Canada's Knowledge Insider winter 2011 edition page 7)

Some innovators start with a concept. Others look for solutions to problems. Some discover a product idea by surprise. Some ideas become successful commercial products. Many do not.

It is important to know your business and your market, set realistic expectations and test your product. Could new product development experts at technology centres or private consulting firms help you to execute a well-designed strategy?

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Visit the Farm Credit Canada wesite (html) >>

Kananaskis July 18, 2011 - Powering Up Canada's Energy Advantage For The 21st Century

The New Economy Alliance is calling on federal, provincial and territorial governments to act now and develop a comprehensive energy strategy that builds on Canada's global advantage in agricultural, oil and gas, mineral and forest resources.

The Alliance is for the first time bringing together associations representing forestry, chemicals, agriculture, renewable fuels and biotechnology to promote innovation in new technologies that would add value to Canada's vast natural resources. Producing these new bio-fuels, bio-chemicals and bio-materials would maintain and create jobs, generate economic growth, enhance Canada's competitiveness and be environmentally beneficial.

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Heavy Hitters in Business, Government, Academia Launch Industry Study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada

Goal is to enhance Canadian prosperity through the more effective translation of innovation into economic and social wealth through appropriate processes of commercialization
-- Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

A comprehensive study of Canadian industry commercialization practices and the effectiveness of various support programs will be undertaken shortly by Canada's largest high-tech business organization, supported by partners in the Industry, the Public Sector and the Academia.

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Toronto, ON, June 23, 2011 – Optima Colour and GreenCore Composites sign agreement for distribution of NCell™ Natural Fiber reinforced Thermoplastics

Optima Colour and GreenCore Composites Inc. are pleased to announce a distribution agreement by which Optima Colour will be the official distributor of GreenCore's NCell™ Natural Fiber Composites for consumer and industrial markets in Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canada.

Tyler Kilgannon, VP Marketing and Development for Optima Colour explains, "GreenCore NCellTM products allow Optima to continue to bring innovative technologies to injection molders and profile extruders while continuing our commitment to developing green plastics solutions."

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Petrochemical Powerhouses Join Forces

Separated by over 3,000 kilometers but joined by a common goal, Canada's two premier industrial centres have their sights aligned and focused on industrial excellence. The Sarnia/Lambton Refining and Petrochemical Complex is in the heart of Ontario's manufacturing district at the site of Canada's first crude oil discovery in 1857. While across the country, Alberta's Industrial Heartland borders the Edmonton Capital Region and is situated south of the world's third largest supply of oil reserves (the Alberta oil sands). Both regions are considered petrochemical powerhouses within Canada and internationally.

A recent Sarnia/Lambton and Heartland roundtable sparked a new era of petrochemical complex collaboration. Spearheaded by Senator Elaine McCoy and Dr. Clement Bowman (former President of the Alberta Research Council) a delegation from the Sarnia/Lambton Refining and Petrochemical Complex visited Alberta's Industrial Heartland in May (photo at right; scroll down for caption). The delegation took part in tours, meetings, and working sessions. Though government and industry have built strong relationships in the past between the regions, this is the first meeting of its kind exploring long term actions to further enhance Canada's petrochemical complexes as a joint effort.

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Minneapolis, MN 20 June – BioAmber Succinic Acid Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

BioAmber, Inc. has been awarded a 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Award promotes technology that provides substantial environmental benefits using green chemistry. BioAmber's platform was recognized as the leading technology in the field of succinic acid. BioAmber is the first company to successfully commercialize a biobased chemical that directly substitutes its petro-chemical equivalent.

BioAmber's succinic acid platform delivers environmentally sound, cost-effective performance materials that can replace petrochemicals in a wide range of applications, including adipic-based polyurethanes, phthalate-based plasticizers and acetate-based deicing solutions. BioAmber's technology produces succinic acid that competes on cost with fossil fuel derived succinic acid when oil prices are well below $40 per barrel. The technology also sequesters carbon dioxide rather than emitting it.

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May, 2011 - R&D centers can offer important infrastructure and networking benefits to startups as they work toward commercialization

Research and development parks, innovation centers and small-business incubators have long been a part of the U.S. industrial landscape. These entities generally aim to offer support and resources to companies working to develop and scale-up innovative, game-changing technologies. While many have traditionally focused in areas such as life science and biomedical innovation, a new wave of facilities is being established specifically to support the bioindustrial sector.

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April, 2011 - Funding to Support Renix Inc. in Commercialization of Innovative Uninterrupted Ion Exchange Technology

London, ON – Renix Inc., a London-based organization commercializing the world´s first uninterrupted continuous ion exchange technology, has announced that it has raised $650,000 in start-up investment funding. With the support of the investors at this stage, Renix will build the first industrial pilot unit, and support the commercial launch of this innovative separation processing technology. The investors in this round include Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Southwestern Ontario Angel Group.

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April, 2011 - Transforming Good Ideas Into Great Jobs In Burlington. McGuinty Government Helping EcoSynthetix Create Up To 40 Jobs

Ontario's economy is turning the corner as the province continues to invest in innovative companies, like Burlington's EcoSynthetix.

EcoSynthetix develops environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based products in the paper industry — a clean technology that is expected to create up to 40 new jobs in Ontario.

The jobs would be located at the new Global Innovation and Technology Demonstration Centre in Burlington. The centre will house a pilot plant, where the company will focus on developing and commercializing an eco-friendly chemical from feedstock — such as wheat and corn — to replace the current use of petroleum products.

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March, 2011 - Sustainable chemistry alliance, forging a new legacy for Sarnia-Lambton

SARNIA, ON – In the heart of Canada's chemical valley, there is an exciting movement afoot. Traditionally a Canadian hub for petrochemicals and refined petroleum products, the Sarnia-Lambton area has expanded its breadth of research and innovation in the chemical sector into the realm of bio-product development. Much of this growth and movement towards bio-based products has been industry lead, but other parties including academia and government are also taking part in this new industry renaissance.

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March, 2011 - Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and Lambton College Sign MOU To Provide Companies with Researchers, Facilities and Specialists

SARNIA, ON – The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) has entered into a collaboration agreement with Lambton College that will provide researchers and research facilities as well as specialists in a variety of areas to assist companies in achieving their business and research ventures, creating future commercial opportunities.

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Jan. 26, 2011 - BIC and ICFAR Agree to Collaborate on Biotechnology and Biofuel Commercialization Opportunities

SARNIA, ON – The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (BIC) has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) that will accelerate the development and introduction of Canadian biofuels, renewable chemicals and co-products into the marketplace.

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Nov. 2010 - SCA Funding to Support GreenCore Composites in Commercialization of its Natural Fibre Products

TORONTO and SARNIA, ON - The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) has committed financing to GreenCore Composites Inc. that will enable the Toronto-based company to continue the development and commercial launch of its natural fibre products. The funding will also help the company to explore growth opportunities through licensing and partnership arrangements.

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Sept. 2010 - Biotech crops leads to economic success – National Post insert

When Canadian scientists pioneered the development of canola in 1974, no one could have guessed how important it would become. The canola industry today is worth more then $14 billion to the economy. The total value of canola seed, oil and meal exports is about $2 billion. Depending on the year, canola is either Canada's first or second most valuable field crop (vying for top spot with wheat).

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Sept. 2010 - R&D groups join forces - Trends

Sarnia's chemical research and development sector has acquired some international-calibre street smarts. Both the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance have joined forces with GreenCentre Canada to add a missing piece to the puzzle. The two centre of excellence officially formed a partnership with the centre at Queen's University in Kingston on Aug.16.

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Sept. 03, 2010 - Economic development group recognized again

The Sarnia–Lambton Economic Partnership has been honoured again as one of the Top 10 Economic Development Groups in Canada by Site Selection Magazine ( The "Canada Best to Invest" rankings were announced in the magazine's September 2010 issue. This is the second time the economic development organization has received this accolade; having also been acknowledged as a Top Ten group by the magazine in 2007.

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Aug. 16, 2010 - Good chemistry: GreenCentre Canada signs collaboration MOU with Sarnia’s Bioindustrial Innovation Centre and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

KINGSTON/SARNIA ON -- Three major Canadian players in the Green Chemistry commercialization business have joined forces in a drive to make Ontario and Canada a world leader in sustainable chemistry innovations.


July 2010 - He's helping to grow the future …. Naturally - Trends

Dr. Murray McLaughlin is doing his part to grow the future naturally. The founding president and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance was recently awarded a 2010 BIOTECanada Gold Leaf award for leadership and innovation in the production of bio-products within the "hybrid chemistry" field.


July 13, 2010 - CORE BioFuel Inc. Welcomes the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance as an Investor

CORE BioFuel Inc., a Canadian biofuel company that is commercializing an advanced biomass to gasoline production process, today announced that the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA, has approved an equity investment in CORE BioFuel. The terms of the investment are being defined. The funds to be invested by the SCA will be used in conjunction with funds raised through a CORE Limited Partnership offering to advance CORE’s business in several areas.


June, 2010 - Canadian Leader 2010

Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Director, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, article published in the Canadian Biotechnology, 2010 Industry Guide.

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June 7, 2010 - Dr. Murray McLaughlin Receives Leadership Awards From BIOTECanada and The Biotechnology Initiative

Dr. Murray McLaughlin, President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, has been honored with two awards in recognition of his leadership in the commercialization of biotechnologies and the growth of innovation-based companies.


Dec. 23, 2009 - Murray McLaughlin keynote speaker at BCIC's Innovation Summit 2010 on Jan. 8

INNOVATION SUMMIT 2010: Agriculture, Food and Ag-Bioproducts

Dr. Murray McLaughlin will be keynote speaker at Innovation Summit 2010: Agriculture, Food and Ag-Bioproducts. The event will take place on Jan. 7-8, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.


November 1, 2009 - Introducing our SusChemAlliance Newsletter

Green Chemistry – Clean Chemistry Leads to Sustainability

Sustainability is found in all aspects of our lives today and is no longer dominated by special interest groups. We see it and practice it on a regular basis, from recycling programs to what we buy. Political speeches almost always include references to sustainability, and corporate initiatives are more often focused on clean technologies.


Aug. 5, 2009 – BioEnterprise and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance to Collaborate on Innovative Projects

SARNIA, ON -  BioEnterprise Corporation and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) have agreed to collaborate on services related to the identification of leading innovative technologies, the commercialization of those technologies and the growth of innovation-based companies in Ontario.


July 2, 2009

SARNIA, ON – The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, which will help an emerging new industry across Canada to commercialize sustainable technologies and processes, has announced its inaugural Board of Directors.

Co-Chair Steve Bolt says the board draws on a broad range of expertise across the value chain. "We have pulled together various groups into a single alliance focused on implementing a sustainable hybrid chemical industry that integrates bio and traditional industries. Along with a 50% reduction in emissions over the next 10 years across the sector, we are targeting significant new investments in both fossil and bio-based operations at a rate of one every two years. The aim is to boost sector employment by 10,000 within 10 years."