Brock University receives $38 million

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Brock University receives $38 million

May 25, 2009

As part of its Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada today announced it is investing $38 million for a new research complex at Brock University.

The Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex (NHBRC) will bring together research and industry, and play a key role in advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. It will create a space for leading researchers – in advanced human health, bioscience and biotechnology – and entrepreneurs to work collaboratively to bring innovations to market.

“Our government’s investment provides significant short-term economic stimulus in local communities throughout Ontario, while at the same time strengthening Canada’s long term capacity for research and innovation,” said the Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, during today’s announcement at Brock University.

“The Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex will strengthen Brock’s capacity to partner with our surrounding communities to revitalize Niagara’s economy,” said Jack Lightstone, President, Brock University. “This facility will forge new economic partnerships between research and industry that will foster a new economic cluster in advanced health studies and biomanufacturing in Niagara.

“The facility will enhance the University’s research capabilities through the creation of new specialized labs equipped with advanced equipment, and will also assist in alleviating our institution’s teaching and learning space pressures.”

The complex will also further Canada’s reputation as a leader in areas of human health and biosciences and create a centre of excellence that will attract and retain Canadian and international talent.

The 142,000-square-foot $109-million research facility will be located at Brock’s St. Catharines campus and will be home to almost 400 students, visiting and current faculty, scientists and researchers – including six Canada Research Chairs – and an industry-led business incubator.

The incubator will facilitate the development of research-based discoveries and provide entrepreneurs with the resources and expertise to market their inventions and products. The transfer of intellectual breakthroughs to venture enterprises is a key component of the ‘knowledge economy’ driven by innovation.

Brock faculty have to date initiated more than seven independent companies based on their research, not including spin-offs created by graduate students.

Construction on the NHBRC is scheduled to begin this summer and the first phase of the project will be completed by March 31, 2011.

The province of Ontario contributed $33.5 million to the project in February 2008 – part of its $1.4 billion investment in strategic infrastructure announced in the Fall 2006 Economic Statement. The Regional Municipality of Niagara also provided $2 million towards the complex.

Brock University Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex
BACKGROUNDER: facts & figures

The Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex (NHBRC) will play a key role in advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. In addition to world-class work by researchers in areas like cancer, infectious diseases, biotechnology and green chemistry, the facility will also house a business incubator for start-up businesses to capitalize on the innovative research and knowledge transfer undertaken at the Complex.

The $109-million Complex will be 142,000 square feet and contain: six Canada Research Chairs/Ontario distinguished researchers in biotechnology, green chemistry, plant pathology, and science and health six health research scientists focusing on diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, tropical diseases, West Nile virus and malaria Niagara Health Systems research scientists a business incubator to spin out research and development and bring innovations to market

The new Complex will also provide much-needed teaching and learning space and increase the University’s capacity to train students in advanced knowledge areas by:

  • reducing crowding of faculty members and students in research laboratories
  • providing high quality, state-of-the-art research laboratories for human health, biosciences, biotechnology and green science
  • facilitating multi- and inter-disciplinary research across Faculties and departments by co-locating these disciplines in one major research facility
  • providing opportunities for inter-university and inter-disciplinary research collaborations with the co-located McMaster Niagara Medical Education facility
  • providing office spaces for faculty and graduate students near their research laboratories increasing interactive space for undergraduate and graduate students

The NHBRC will house the following laboratories, research facilities and office space:

  • synthetic chemistry laboratory
  • applied health sciences, biotechnology and biology laboratory space
  • Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory
  • vivarium
  • phytotron (enclosed greenhouse)
  • photophysical sciences laboratory
  • teaching laboratories
  • business incubator
  • computer teaching space
  • Department of Child and Youth Studies laboratory space
  • McMaster University Medical Education Offices
  • multi-purpose laboratories and miscellaneous program amenities

The NHBRC will be developed based on principles of sustainability and quality environments. The construction of the Complex will be targeting a “Certified” rating or higher on the Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scoring system. A LEED-certified NHBRC facility will support the University’s vision for quality state of the art facilities with innovative design, quality materials and sustainable systems.