Six project receive funding through Innovation P.E.I.

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P.E.I. researchers looking at possible markets for invasive species, iPhone data capture systems and more

Richard Cawthorn, research scientist with the Atlantic Veterinary College's Lobster Science Centre, and Egmont MP Gail Shea talk with Rachal Summerfield, lead lab technologist with the Atlantic Veterinary College, during an announcement that the AVC is part of an international study on bitter crab disease.

Six projects have been awarded funding offered by Innovation P.E.I. to support the early stage academic and industry research that will lead to the commercialization of new products or services in the sectors of bioscience, information technology, renewable energy or aerospace.

“In times of fiscal restraint, businesses and researchers have limited opportunities to obtain grants for projects at this stage,” said Minister Al Roach, Innovation and Advanced Learning. “The goal of this program is to fill this funding gap and allow our Island innovators to obtain the resources they need to begin beta stage or pilot production of their products.”

A peer review committee was established to evaluate and adjudicate the submitted projects. Based on the evaluation, and recommendations of the multi-disciplinary peer review committee, Innovation P.E.I. offered support to six projects under the fifth round of the pilot and discovery fund.

The recipients of this round are:     Drs. Russ Kerr and Rick Cawthorn at the Atlantic Veterinary College; Drs. Sophie St-Hilaire, Jeff Davidson, Mary McNiven and Pedro Quijon of the Atlantic Veterinary College; Gentec Ltd.;  SpryPoint Solutions Inc; Thinking Big Information Technology Inc.; and Dr. Dave LeBlanc at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Kerr and Cawthorn's project aims to identify the toxin responsible for bitter crab disease, which kills snow crabs and other economically important crustaceans.

St-Hilaire,  Davidson,  McNiven and Quijon are exploring the European green crab as a feed ingredient for the aquaculture industry so a fishery can be proposed for this nuisance species.

Gentec Ltd. will build and test a wireless intra-vaginal device to assist in estrus detection for the breeding of dairy cattle.

SpryPoint Solutions Inc. is in the pilote stages of developing a backflow prevention monitoring service for the water utility industry.

Thinking Big Information Technology Inc. will develop a platform that will enable businesses to create campaign-specific QR codes attached to custom landing pages.

LeBlanc will develop a data capture system for the iPhone that can be used to test software for coding and design defects. The system will also record the screen images in real time allowing for the replay of screen data as well as a history of the external inputs that generated the on-screen behaviour.

To date, Innovation P.E.I. has supported 50 projects, with a total investment of over $1.2 million, through this program.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, Information Technology Inc., Gentec University of Prince Edward Island.Kerr and Cawthorn Species.Gentec SpryPoint Solutions

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  • QR codes
    August 12, 2012 - 07:16

    QR (quick response) codes are those funny black design thingies that are more frequently seen on ads and such. If you have a smart phone and software, you can take a picture and it will take you to a mobile web page that can be customized. That said, although I wish Thinking Big well, this is old news and there are hundreds of competitors (including many Canadians). So this money will not really lead to anything of importance. Kind of like giving someone money to develop a virtual keyboard. Interesting, useful, but been there done that.

  • QR Explained
    August 12, 2012 - 07:04

    QR Codes are those funny looking barcode you might be seeing more often (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code). A landing page is just a simple 1-page website typically used to capture contact information or promote a specific campaign. Why they received funding for something already so well established is beyond me. Generating QR codes for free is something that is just as easy as going to google and typing "QR code generator". There are already companies out there adding the extra "landing page" aspect as well. Not a lot "innovative" about the idea despite the use of jargon.

  • ARDEN
    August 11, 2012 - 21:46

    YES GUARDIAN - PLEASE be more Informative when Reporting NEWS. Totally agree with "Just Curious ." YES Paper & Ink have risen in price but not as much as it will cost in a loss of Readership & Advertisers.

  • Just Curious
    August 11, 2012 - 21:23

    Thinking Big Information Technology Inc. will develop a platform that will enable businesses to create campaign-specific QR codes attached to custom landing pages. ???? Does anyone care to explain what this jargon means in plain English ??

    • Upwest
      August 12, 2012 - 09:33

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code The QR code is that black box of strange marks that we are starting to see pop up on ads and webpages.. it can be scanned, and the information 'decoded' to give you a few lines of text and a website address, for example. And I am curious exactly how that isn't already being done, with QR codes being easily generated and that code attached to any web page... Would love to see the project myself. I imagine the description of Thinking Big's project must have been extremely simplified.