Bioprocessing Pilot Plant

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Area(s) of Expertise

The pilot plant offers fractionation and separation tools that are unique in western Canada for production of plant natural products — critically important equipment for assisting firms in the bioprocessing industry to design new technologies or improve upon old ones. While teaching undergraduate and graduate students is a key activity, co-operative research and development with industry partners is part of the facility’s mandate. Research conducted in the pilot plant can be taken directly to industry for commercialization. With its “industrial scale-up” tools, the pilot plant is the ideal facility from which many areas of crop utilization and pharmaceutical research can be supported. A key advantage of the facility is that it can operate under extreme process conditions, enabling extractions in the presence of strong acid, strong base and high temperature and pressure. Extracted materials can also be concentrated prior to purification. Potentially useful applications are in areas as diverse as foods, biofuels, new drugs, vaccines and nanomaterials.

What the facility does

Identification, extraction and isolation of natural products from various plant materials

Research Services

Food and feed processing, analysis

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Bioprocessing Pilot Plant

Air cleaner


Drum dryer


Freeze dryer


Frymaster oil filter


High-pressure reactor


KARR ®  column


Molecular distillation


Oil expeller


One-litre high-pressure, high-temperature reactor


Rotary evaporator system, 20L


Soxhlet Extractor 12L


Spinning-band distillation system


Spray dryer


Thin-film evaporator


Tubular membrane


Vibratory screener


Walk-in cooler


Walk-in fume hood

  • Green Centre of Canada
  • Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.
  • Blue Goose Biorefineries Inc.
  • Prairie Tide Chemicals Inc.
  • Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation
  • Milligan Biofuels Inc.
  • POS Bio-Sciences
  • Bio Processing Centre
  • Contango Strategies Ltd.
  • Pound-Maker
  • Artisan Industries Inc.
  • Pope Scientific Inc.
  • Semba Biosciences Inc
  • Biolin Research Incorporated