COVID-19 Activities

Innovation Through Adversity

As the high tech and research communities pivot to help with the corona virus pandemic, I am delighted to point to the enabling power of advanced materials and nanotechnology. Please take a moment to share with us what you are working on so that we can highlight your achievements on our website. All funding agencies have redirected funding towards finding innovative solutions to the pandemic crisis. Our community is well positioned to leverage such opportunities. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest information on available resources and emerging opportunities.

Marie D’lorio

NanoCanada Member COVID-19 Contributions

Billiant Matters
Omy Laboratoires and Brilliant Matters join forces and collaborated to produce hand sanitizers to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
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Canadian Light Source
We are announcing a special call for proposals for any work that will actively contribute to finding COVID-related treatments or vaccines, or improve conditions for frontline workers, including developing sensors and diagnostic tools or special surfaces with antiviral properties.
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CelluForce is happy to report that CelluForce NCC® can be used as a gelling agent in hydroalcoholic gels.
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National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

The NRC has various programs offered to battle Covid-19.

  1. The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program
  2. The Pandemic Response Challenge Program
  3. Biomanufacturing capacity at Royalmount: NRC Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre
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Performance BioFilaments
Developing novel cellulose-based filtration material for N95 respirators and surgical masks that are either recyclable or compostable.
Sona Nanotech
Sona Nanotech Awarded $4.1 Million from NGen for Rapid Development and Launch of COVID-19 Antigen Test.
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University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa has many innovative projects exploring ways of battling COVID-19; from portable testing and making hand sanitizer to diagnostics and therapy solutions
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Waterloo Institue for Nanotechnology (WIN)
Three Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology members are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.
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ZEN Graphene Solutions
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce an international collaboration with UK-based Graphene Composites Ltd (GC) to fight COVID-19 by developing a potential virucidal graphene-based composite ink that can be applied to fabrics including N95 face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for significantly increased protection. Once the development, testing, and confirmation of the graphene ink’s virucidal ability have been completed, the ink will then be incorporated into fabrics used for PPE.

ZEN Graphene Solutions Develops Graphene-Based Ink with 99% Virucidal Activity against COVID-19
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Innovation at the Edges

Deep tech is often cultivated by scientific innovation and meaningful engineering innovation. Examples include cleantech, agtech, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and biotechnology. Deep technologies are novel and lend themselves to cross disciplinary and cross sectoral approaches that are needed for today’s climate change and regenerative sustainability issues.

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