Ingenuity Draws Attention to Alberta Based Research
Edmonton, Alberta – Ingenuity Lab, Alberta’s first nanotechnology accelerator, has been named ‘Best Nanotechnology Research Organization 2014’ by The New Economy magazine, just under two years after its inception.
The award, which was presented to Ingenuity Lab Director, Carlo Montemagno, PhD last month at the London Stock Exchange studios, honours those who are breaking new ground across technology, energy, business and strategy landscapes.
“As researchers in a complex field, we have the added challenge of ensuring our progress is both visible and meaningful to the people it will touch and affect most,” says Montemagno. “This award affirms that we are on the right track and laboratory advances are indeed rippling into the communities where they matter.”
The 10-year provincially funded initiative was launched in November 2013 and is attracting the best and brightest minds from around the world. In partnership with the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, it anticipates to reach over $100M in funds leveraged from industry partners over the next decade and has developed a comprehensive research agenda that aims to address some of the province’s most pressing environmental, agricultural, industrial and health challenges.
“The depth and breadth of the research at Ingenuity Lab is really quite remarkable,” says Indira Samarasekera, President of the University of Alberta. “This leading-edge learning environment has helped unite academic communities and provided concrete opportunities for interdisciplinary progress both within and outside our university.”
“The international recognition Ingenuity Lab has achieved adds to Alberta’s growing global reputation for research and innovation excellence,” says Stephen Lougheed, CEO of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures. “The strength of Alberta’s innovation system lies in the partnerships and collaborations it encourages between academic institutions, research institutions, businesses and industries.”
“We are the product of a bold vision and the dedication of many,” says Montemagno. “It feels great to be recognized so early on in our journey, especially by a publication like The New Economy, who truly has its finger on the pulse of novel and emergent technologies.”
Montemagno is also a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, AITF Strategic Chair of Bionanotechnology, Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems and Program Lead of Biomaterials at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT).
About The New Economy
The New Economy is a global quarterly magazine looking at technology and innovation in its wider business context. The publication is committed to the very highest standards of journalism across print, video and online. The magazine’s in–house team of writers regularly collaborates with experts from technology think tanks, public and private sector organisations, and academics from esteemed educational and research centres around the globe to bring readers news, deep analysis and clear and precise reportage of emerging technological and corporate strategies, and innovative approaches to business together with submissions from an acclaimed list of contributors. The New Economy has a print readership of nearly 100,000 key decision makers and a website that receives on average more than 600,000 hits each month.
About the University of Alberta
The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The university has almost 250,000 alumni worldwide.
About Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures
Part of Alberta’s research and innovation system, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures is helping build healthy, sustainable businesses in the province. Through a suite of programs and services for entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, post-secondary institutions and investors, AITF provides technical services and funding support to facilitate the commercialization of technologies, develop new knowledge-based industry clusters and encourage an entrepreneurial culture in Alberta.
About Ingenuity Lab
Ingenuity Lab is Alberta’s first accelerator laboratory bringing together some of nanotechnology’s leading players to make small science have a big impact in Alberta, by harnessing and commercializing emerging technologies, and simultaneously addressing some of the grand challenges faced by our province and around the world. It is a provincial government funded initiative in partnership with the University of Alberta that will strengthen partnerships with the National Institute for Nanotechnology, Campus Alberta and industry.
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