Bio Pathways Network

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There is a global bio-market opportunity of $200 billion and a bio-chemical market potential of $62 billion

Bio Pathways Network


Welcome to the Biopathways Partnership Network. The Network is aimed at exploring new business ventures that will help exploit the economic opportunities of the emerging bio-age. It is a resource to build business-to-business relationships among Canadian forest products companies and companies in other sectors who are interested in investing in new green innovations such as bio-energy, bio-chemicals, and bio-materials. Participants will come from such sectors as the chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, auto, aerospace, and plastics industries as well as other technology providers that can collaborate with the forest products industry on extracting new bio-products from trees.

The Network was established in March 2011 as an outcome of FPAC’s Biopathways Project study released the month before. There is a wealth of opportunity to convert forest fibre byproducts into new and innovative bioproducts.  Essentially, it is possible to produce from wood fibre just about anything you can produce from fossil fuel – the difference is that wood is a renewable resource.  This will require collaboration and partnerships across many players from different sectors and supply chains.  This Network is helping to foster the business relationships that will eventually culminate in those needed partnerships.  The Network has grown exponentially since the first meeting.  As of early 2014, there were over 300 organizations engaged in the Network and it continues to grow.  To join, contact Paul Lansbergen, Vice-President, Regulations and Partnerships.

This website contains a collection of resources intended to enable new business ventures and opportunities. Included are links to upcoming meetings, summaries of previous meetings, relevant links, and additional resources of interest.

Active Government Funding Opportunities

Invitation to IFIT Program Information Session

Natural Resources Canada announced in February 2014 that the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program was renewed, with an additional $90.4 million. This continued commitment will help bring the next wave of innovation to market and will help solidify Canada’s position as a leader in forest industry transformation.

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Next-Generation Renewable Fuels to Play Crucial Role in Canada’s Transition to a Bio-Based Economy:

Ottawa, August 24, 2011 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is  issuing its Annual Call for Applications under the NextGen Biofuels Fund™, which was created by the Government of Canada to support the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels and co-products.

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Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program is a capital funding program administered by the Canadian Forest Service.  The program was created in 2010 with $100 million in funding to support Canada’s forest sector in becoming more economically competitive and environmentally sustainable, using targeted investments in innovative technologies.  It was renewed in 2014 with $90 million in new funding.  Funding is awarded to applicants on a competitive basis through calls for applications.  As of early 2014, the first program was currently supporting 12 projects involving world-first and Canadian-first technologies in several provinces and across a range of sub-sectors and businesses.  These projects aim to “de-risk” new technologies and encourage broader adoption of the technologies across the industry. They are true Canadian innovation success stories. By building on the success of previous federal investments in research, development and deployment, IFIT will help ensure that promising breakthrough technologies in the forest sector continue to evolve toward full commercial viability.

The competition in the first four years was fierce, with over 100 applications.  Under the renewed program the competition is expected to be even tougher.  Applicants must be existing forest companies operating in Canada.  However, partnership with others is an important weighting criterion in the judging of applications.  For more information see the program website at:  http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13139

Documents & Resources

FPAC presentation:  Pathways to Products – Bioproducts/Biorefineries

On June 13, 2014, Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, presented at the International Bioenergy Conference in Prince George, BC.  This presentation (linked below) highlights his latest perspectives on how the Canadian forest products industry is transforming and the partnership opportunities it provides those outside the industry.  Highlights of the presentation include insights on how forest companies approach the new opportunities, comments on wood fibre based feedstocks, and mention of various government funding programs to support the adoption of new technologies in the forest industry.  The conference had over 300 attendees in the global bioenergy sector.  While there, Paul recruited to the Biopathways Partnership Network a number of technology providers and other potential partners.

On May 13, 2014, Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, presented at the BIO World Congress in Philadelphia, PA.  This presentation was an earlier version of the presentation made in June.  The Congress had over 1,100 attendees in the global industrial biotechnology sector. While there, Paul recruited to the Biopathways Partnership Network a number of technology providers, potential downstream customers and other potential partners.

http://www.fpac.ca/images/bionetwork/Lansbergen-IBC-June13-2014.pdf

Article: Sucessful Partnerships Industrial Biotechnology

I came across an article that I think some of you might find of interest.  This article covers key strategic elements to consider for identifying and developing partnerships.

Thank you to Virginie Chambost, Principal Consultant, EnVertis, for allowing me to share this article. Janssen_Chambost_Sucessful_Partnerships_Industrial_Biotechnology2008

Happy reading!

Paul

Paul Lansbergen
Association Secretary, and
Lead Director, Regulatory Affairs
Forest Products Association of Canada

410-99 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 563-1441 ext. 306
Fax: (613) 563-4720

Phase 2: The New Face of the Canadian Forest Industry - The Emerging Bio-Revolution

The second phase of the Bio-pathways project, released in 2011, examined the global market potential of emerging bio-energy, bio-chemical and bio-products, and it explored new approaches to managing value and building partnerships in this critical area. The potential market sizes are staggering. Countries and companies with the right policy frame, the desire to foster innovation and the ability to deploy the resulting technology will be poised to grab market share in these areas and experience growth rates far above those being generated by the traditional forest product sector. This is where the action is!

To view the second phase of the Bio-pathways Project “The New Face of the Canadian Forest Industry: The Emerging Bio-revolution”, and other supporting material see the list below.

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Effective Commercialization of Innovation in Canada: Participation Call

Attn: Canada’s Innovation Community
Re: Understanding of Commercialization of Innovation Practices and Their Effectiveness for Canada
From: John Reid, CEO, CATA Alliance (www.cata.ca)

Dear Industry and Government Executives Concerned with Effectiveness of Canadian Innovation

Why do only a handful of innovations make it to market?

Canada’s leading high-tech organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has partnered with the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Institute of Technology, to study commercialization of innovation in Canada – preferred practices, applied government support programs and methods to enhance overall effectiveness in the global economy.

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Phase 1: Transforming Canada’s Forest Products Industry: Summary Of Findings From The Future Bio-Pat

The Future Bio-pathways Project is a comprehensive investigation of the opportunities to produce a wide range of bio-products from wood fibre. The first phase of the study, released in February 2010, examined the economic, social and environmental benefits of integrating these new bio-technologies within the traditional forest products industry and it considered how this approach will boost employment and strengthen Canada’s economy and rural communities. The project was led by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), with FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada and scores of economic and scientific experts.

To view the first phase of the Bio-pathways Project “Transforming Canada’s forest products industry: Summary of findings from the Future Bio-Pathways Project”, and other supporting material see the list below.

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Links

Digging in to Bio-based Innovation

A recent report released by MaRS Discovery District. The primary author, Linda O'Malley, attended our February Meeting .

Digging into Bio-based Innovation

Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program is a capital funding program administered by the Canadian Forest Service.  The program was created in 2010 with $100 million in funding to support Canada’s forest sector in becoming more economically competitive and environmentally sustainable, using targeted investments in innovative technologies.  It was renewed in 2014 with $90 million in new funding.  Funding is awarded to applicants on a competitive basis through calls for applications.  As of early 2014, the first program was currently supporting 12 projects involving world-first and Canadian-first technologies in several provinces and across a range of sub-sectors and businesses.  These projects aim to “de-risk” new technologies and encourage broader adoption of the technologies across the industry. They are true Canadian innovation success stories. By building on the success of previous federal investments in research, development and deployment, IFIT will help ensure that promising breakthrough technologies in the forest sector continue to evolve toward full commercial viability.

The competition in the first four years was fierce, with over 100 applications.  Under the renewed program the competition is expected to be even tougher.  Applicants must be existing forest companies operating in Canada.  However, partnership with others is an important weighting criterion in the judging of applications.  For more information see the program website at:  http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13139

Information and Links for Federal Funding Programs

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

The objective of the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program is to support Canada’s forest sector in becoming more economically competitive, and environmentally sustainable, through targeted investments in innovative technologies. Investments in Forest Industry Transformation will provide $100 million over four years for projects that implement new technologies leading to non-traditional high-value forest products and renewable energies.

http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/investments-forest-industry-transformation/home

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Network Meetings

BPN Summary - Thunder Bay, September 11-12, 2014

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Thunder Bay on September 11-12, 2014

http://www.fpac.ca/images/uploads/Summary_of_BPN_Sept11-12.pdf

Next Biopathways Partnership Network meeting

Seeing the Forest and the Trees:  The Power of Partnering in the Bio-Economy.

Biopathways Partnership Network meeting

September 11-12, 2014 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

 

This meeting is being held in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and in conjunction with the Canadian Bioenergy Association AGM Conference being held September 10-11.

The theme for our meeting is Seeing the Forest and the Trees: the Power of Partnering in the Bio-Economy. 

Topics include:
•Overview of wood fibre based feedstocks and partnering with forest products companies
•Perspectives from various players along the bioeconomy supply chain
•Advice on establishing successful clean tech/bioeconomy partnerships
•Special Panel:  Synergistic bio-based opportunities with the mining sector, such as remediation or others

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance BioFilaments (the new JV by two FPAC member companies, Mercer International and Resolute Forest Products)
  • Deborah Sterling, Stern, Kessler, Goldstein, Fox (IP law firm)
  • Laird Van Damme, KBM Resources (sells a bio-based road dust treatment)
  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Lakehead University (researching lignin as a flocculant for tailing ponds treatment)

The format of the meeting will be an afternoon session on the Thursday featuring presentations on the above topics.  This will be followed by a cash bar reception.  The Friday morning session will be a special panel on synergistic bio-based opportunities with the mining sector. 

The schedule is as follows:

 

Thursday, September 11

Afternoon meeting session:       2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Cash bar reception:                   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Friday, September 12

Morning session:                       9:00 am – 11:45 am

The Network is an outcome of FPAC’s Biopathways Project and  was established in March 2011 to foster business-to-business relationships between Canadian forest companies and companies outside the sector – all of whom are interested in converting wood fibre into high value bio-based materials or products.  The Network has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last three years with over 400 participants engaged.  For more information on the Network or to access summaries of past meetings visit:  http://www.fpac.ca/index.php/en/bio-pathways-network  (click on the “Network Meetings” tab for the meeting summaries).

Objectives for this meeting are to provide a forum for networking, information exchange and highlight the opportunities to leverage local opportunities with the mining sector in Ontario and across the country.  It is expected that approximately 60 persons from industry, finance, government, business development organizations, and others will attend.  Participation in the Network meeting is free.  Participants of the Network meeting are eligible for the Early-Birdrate to the Canadian Bioenergy Conference (extended past May 30 deadline - more details to follow on next announcement). For more information on the CanBio Conference program see:  http://www.canbio.ca/article/thunder-bay-2014-388.asp

To register please visit: 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/biopathways-partnership-network-meeting-tickets-11828618717

 

CanBio has graciously extended their hotel guestroom block to us.  Information and link for hotel accommodations can be accessed via the CanBio website at: http://www.canbio.ca/article/-391.asp

Stay tuned for more details of the agenda!

BPN Summary - Toronto February 25, 2014

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Toronto on February 25, 2014

BPN Summary – February 25, 2014 (PDF, 26 MB)

BPN Summary – Vancouver November 7th, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Vancouver on November 7th, 2013

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BPN_Summary-Vancouver-Nov7_2013 (PDF, 10.6 MB)

BPN Summary - Montreal June 19th, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Montreal on June 19th, 2013

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BPN_Summary-Montreal-June_19th_2013 (PDF, 18.2 MB)

BPN Summary-Montreal February 5, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Montreal on February 5, 2013

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BPN_Summary-Montreal-February_5_2013 (PDF, 18.8 MB)

BPN Summary-Vancouver October 9, 2012

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Vancouver on October 9, 2012

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BPN_Summary-Vancouver-October_9_2012 (PDF, 20.7 MB)

BPN Summary - Toronto May 15, 2012

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Toronto on May 15, 2012.

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BPN_Summary_Toronto_May15_2012 (PDF, 24.4 MB)

BPN Summary - Montreal January 31st, 2012

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Montreal on January 31st, 2012

BPN Summary Montreal January 31, 2012

Seminar Summary - Vancouver, October 21, 2011: Forest-based BioRefinery Future Markets

The Seminar was jointly hosted by FPAC’s Biopathways Partnership Network and the BioEnergy and BioProducts Sector of LifeSciences British Columbia. The objective was to:Provide a venue for participants to learn more about forest-based bioproducts while networking with government officials, forestry companies and research leaders

Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, and Bob Ingratta, LifeSciences BC, co-chaired the Seminar. Don Enns, President, LifeSciences BC, welcomed everyone to the Seminar and made some introductory remarks.

The following presentations were made (corresponding slide decks can be found in the Appendix in the attached PDF file):

1. John Yap, MLA, and Chair, BC Bio-Economy Legislative Committee
Mr. Yap recounted the work of the Committee to date and highlighted some input from stakeholders. He also reiterated the importance of the forest industry to the provincial economy – in the past and into the future. The Committee plans to submit its Final Report before the end of the legislative session (in November).

2. Dr. Christian Belanger, Director Advanced Materials, National Research Council
Dr. Belanger presented the new Industrial Biomaterials Flagship Program. The new program is still going through final approvals but the thrust is for the NRC to be more market oriented. The objective is to bring products to market within 3-5 years. There are three program thrusts: Biofibres and bioresins; advanced composites manufacturing; materials and systems performance evaluation.

3. Dr. Murray McLaughlin, CEO, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Dr. McLaughlin presented his perspectives on bioproduct market opportunities. He suggested it takes bold approaches and learning faster than the competition. He also that ‘hybrid chemistry’ could be a start of a phased approach towards true ‘bio-chemistry’.

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