Alberta-Germany technology commercialization program announces first round of projects


Three Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises have been selected to receive support for commercializing innovative products and services through the Alberta – Germany Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization.

The program is a partnership between Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education and the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) aimed at supporting joint research and commercialization activities between companies in Alberta and Germany in strategic areas of technology. The program enables Alberta companies in the areas of clean energy and environmental technology, advanced materials (including micro/nanotechnology), industrial bio-technology, health, and information and communication technology to access high-tech resources in Germany and European markets through a formal relationship with Germany.

The program will help participants become more globally competitive through developing technology and research-based alliances with the potential to increase international trade and economic growth and diversification. The program may also lead to the development of new models of collaboration between Alberta and Germany that leverage each partner’s respective research & technology capabilities, address common priorities, and accelerate technology commercialization.

The first joint Alberta – Germany projects have been selected through a competitive process by a committee of independent technology experts and began their collaboration on April 1st, 2013.

Selected Projects:

  • Alberta company Boreal Laser will collaborate with Nanoplus from the Wurtzburg region to develop new atmospheric pollution monitoring technology using Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs).
  • Calgary Scientific Inc. and Visus Technology Transfer GmbH are undertaking a Product Development and Technology Demonstration project to enable advanced physician to physician collaboration in medical imaging analysis for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
  • Frac Rite Environmental Ltd. is a Calgary based environmental service company that has teamed with its German partner HPC – AG, based in Swabia (Western Bavaria), one of Germany’s leading providers of environmental solutions, to provide a pilot demonstration of Canadian fracturing technology for environmental remediation at two Project sites in Germany on behalf of HPC – AG’s industrial clients.

The GCCIR is planning a second symposium in Germany for the late fall of 2013 and a second Call for Proposals shortly after. For more information visit GCCIR Funding for Companies.