Technology and Bio-innovation Access Centre

La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, Ontario
Area(s) 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. 

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.

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

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Chemical element analysis

Kjeltec digester and distiller (N) — (FOSS (Kjeltec 8000))

Quantification of nitrogen in liquid and solid samples

 

Dumas Combustion (C,N,S) — (LECO (TruSpec CN,TruSpec S))

Quantification of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur in solid samples

Particle analysis

Multisizer Z4 (openings of 20, 30, 50, 100 and 2,000 μm) — (Beckman Coulter (Multisizer 4))

Particle sizing and quantification

Nutritional analysis

Fiber analyzer — (Ankom (A-200))

Intestinal transit simulator

 

Soxhlet extractor — (Foss (Soxtec 2045))

Fat extraction

 

Environmental chambers — (JeiTech (TH-ME))

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

 

Water activity measurement — (Neutec (Lab Master.aw))

Measurement of water activity in different types of samples

Analytical chemistry

Mass spectrometer — (MS AB Sciex (3200 Q Trap))

Separation, identification and quantification of soluble molecules

 

HPLC-MS — (LC Shimadzu (LC-20AD, DGU-20A3R, SIL-20ACHT)

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules

 

HPLC-UV/VIS — (Varian (920-LC))

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules

 

Ion chromatography — (Thermo Scientific (Dionex lCS-5000 DC, Dionex lCS-5000 SP Dionex AS-AP))

Separation and identification of charged molecules and ions (amino acids)

 

Atomic absorption spectrometer — (Varian (AA240))

Quantification of chemical elements

 

GC-MS (VOC direct injection)

GC-FID — (Agilent (6890N/5975C))

Separation, identification and quantification of volatile compounds (fatty acids, hydrocarbons, alcohol)

 

Capillary electrophoresis — (Agilent (7890A))

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules

 

Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) — (Agilent (HP 3D CE))

Detection of phase transitions

 

FT-NIR spectrometer — (PerkinElmer (JADE))

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

 

 TANGO spectrometer

 

Tissue culture

Laminar flow hoods

Sterile environment

 

CO2 incubator

Tissue culture

 

Fluorescence microscope (OLYMPUS -BX53F) — (OLYMPUS (BX53F))

Visualization of fluorescent material

 

Growth chamber (VWR) —(VWR)

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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URL

Promotional video for applied research at La Cité http://youtu.be/zNTEriL2ews

La recherche en biovalorisation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyU3imuQCUs