BioAlberta Honours Its Members

December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Dr. David Bressler, Executive Director, of the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) was honoured with the BioAlberta 2012 Scientific Achievement & Innovation award at the 13th Annual AGM and Awards Gala.  This award is presented to an individual or a team who is responsible for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application.

Biorefining Conversions Network, launched in 2009, is an organization working to support provincial research communities in the areas of biorefining and biomass conversion technologies.  By striving to form strong partnerships between academia and industry, the BCN promotes research programs that are structured towards achieving commercializable outcomes.  The BCN’s primary mandate is to play a pivotal role in cultivating Alberta’s bio-industrial sector by facilitating development of novel, commercially viable biomass conversion technologies and value-added products.

The BCN was created to address concerns over fragmented bioindustrial R&D in the province. It was recognized that for Alberta to capitalize on its potential to become a leading player in the rapidly expanding global bioeconomy, the R&D community in this space needed to be aligned and integrated.
As a result, the BCN was created to help align R&D and facilitate academia, government and industry partnerships to build a critical mass in bioindustrial R&D with particular focus on biomass conversion technologies. In order to achieve this goal, emphasis was placed on working with industry to develop commercially viable projects, breaking department, faculty and institutional barriers to engage academics with a broad range of expertise and providing a forum to create cross-talk between the province’s traditional sectors of agriculture, forestry, and energy.

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