Technology Access Centre in Bio-Innovation (TAC-B)

La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Development or improvement of products or processes in the field of white (industrial), green (seeds, plants and agri-food), and red (bio-pharmaceutical) biotechnology.

Areas of expertise

Access to scientific and technical personnel and high-level equipment for businesses and research institutes. The centre is comprised of a team with vast expertise in biophysics, bioprocesses, biotechnology, analytical chemistry and genetic engineering. We collaborate with businesses and institutions by offering concrete solutions to specific needs and problems. We also use our expertise to support training, innovation and development to commercialize processes and products. 

Research services
  • Chemical and biochemical analyses
  • Cell and microbial culture
  • Genetic engineering and bioinformatics
  • Engineering and recombinant protein production
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized Lab



Chemical element analysis

FOSS Kjeltec 8000 series digester and distiller (N)

Quantification of nitrogen in liquid and solid samples.


LECO TruSpec CN, TruSpec S Elemental Determinators — (

Dumas combustion (C,N,S). Quantification of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur in solid samples.

Particle analysis

Beckman Coulter Multisizer Z4 

Openings of 20, 30, 50, 100 and 2,000 μm. Particle sizing and quantification.

Nutritional analysis

Ankom A-200 Fiber Analyzer

Intestinal transit simulator.


Foss Soxtec 2045 Soxhlet extractor

Fat extraction.


JeiTech TH-ME Environmental chambers

Temperature and humidity control (20-90% HR) for life tests.


Neutec LabMaster-aw NEO

Measurement of water activity in different types of samples.

Analytical chemistry

Sciex 3200 Q Trap LC-MS/MS System

Separation, identification and quantification of soluble molecules.


Shimadzu HPLC-MS:LC-20AD HPLC Pump, DGU-20A3R HPLC Degassing Unit, SIL-20AC HT Autosampler

High Performance Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. Separation and quantification of soluble molecules.


Varian 920-LC Series Liquid Chromatograph HPLC-UV/VIS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Separation and quantification of soluble molecules


Thermo Scientific Dionex lCS-5000 DC Detector / Chromatography Compartment and Dionex lCS-5000 SP Dionex AS-AP Autosampler

Ion chromatography. Separation and identification of charged molecules and ions (amino acids)


Varian AA240 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Quantification of chemical elements.


Mass Spectrometer GC-MS (VOC direct injection)

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. Separation, identification and quantification of volatile compounds (fatty acids, hydrocarbons, alcohol).


Agilent 6890N Gas Chromatograph with 5975C Mass Selective Detector

GC-FID. Separation, identification and quantification of volatile compounds (fatty acids, hydrocarbons, alcohol).


Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatograph

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules.


Agilent HP 3DCE Capillary Electrophoresis System

Detection of phase transitions.


PerkinElmer JADE DSC Differential Scanning Calorimeter 

Non-destructive analysis of different nutritional parameters (calibration curve required).


Bruker TANGO FT-NIR spectrometer

Fourier transform near-infrared spectroscopy.

Tissue culture

Laminar flow hoods

Sterile environment.


CO2 incubator

Tissue culture.


OLYMPUS BX53F Fluorescence Microscope 

Visualization of fluorescent material.


VWR growth chamber 

Controlled environment for tissue and plant culture.

  • Agrinova
  • deltaDNA inc.
  • Cell Reserve inc.
  • RD Legault Seeds inc.
  • Agrisoma Biosciences inc.
  • Pommes de Terre Laurentionnes inc.
  • Artenga
  • Siniazo Biotech



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