Four research projects will share $990,000 as the co-winners of the BC Innovation Council’s fourth BCIC Ignite Awards. BCIC Ignite provides funding of up to $300,000 to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in British Columbia.
The 2018 recipients are:
- Manoj Singh, CEO of Acuva Technologies, and Dr. Fariborz Taghipour of the University of British Columbia, who were awarded $300,000 to develop a new, cost-efficient and maintenance-free ultraviolet water purification device that's capable of off-the-grid operation and that can benefit small, rural and marginalized communities
- Darrel Fry, CEO of Advanced BioCarbon 3D, and Jason Taylor of Selkirk College, who were awarded $300,000 to develop a new type of 3D-printing filament from 100% biodegradable, engineering grade plastics and carbon fibre derived from lignin, which are the natural glue-like fibres found inside of wood
- Dr. Rob Stephenson, CTO of Muddy River Technologies, and Kelly Sveinson of Langara College, who were awarded $90,000 to develop a simple and inexpensive solution to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from animal manures
- Dr. Manish Kulkarni, CEO of Seymour Vision, and Dr. Marinko Sarunic of Simon Fraser University, who were awarded $300,000 to develop a high resolution retinal-imaging scanner to help diagnose eye diseases before vision loss occurs.
Award criteria are based on commercial and technical viability as well as the ability to be market-ready within three years. Research projects must address an industry problem with the potential for significant benefit to British Columbia and be realized by a group of academic and industry members.
BCIC Ignite requires applicants to leverage award funds at a ratio of two matching dollars to every BCIC Ignite dollar. The program is funded by the Natural Resources and Applied Sciences Endowment Fund, which was established by British Columbia to enhance the quality of life for British Columbians by building strong environments in research and development, advanced training, technology transfer, and commercialization.