Alberta Innovates - Alberta Bio Future Program Annual Report 2018-19
This document, “Alberta Bio Future Annual Report 2018-19,” summarizes progress of the fifth year of the Alberta Innovates’ Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program.
In 2018-19, the team ended the Equipment Utilization subprogram, and ended the Invited Proposal subprogram and replaced it with the Opportunities subprogram. The team initiated the Biomaterials Pursuit and the CNC Challenge 3.0 subprograms. Industry partner, Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, collaborated with researchers to develop biomaterials from CNC. The team launched the Lignin Challenge 1.0 subprogram in collaboration with West Fraser Mills for applied research into lignin production and product applications. The Lignin Pursuit subprogram was launched for further development of these materials into high-value bioproducts. A total of 88 ABF projects were active in 2018-19 across all subprograms.
As of March 31, 2019, after five years of program delivery, $33.7 million in ABF funding has resulted in 135 projects worth over $104 million in total project costs. This is a leveraging ratio of $1 from ABF to $2 from other sources.