“MCB has been critical in helping us start and grow our business in multiple ways. After founding Escarpment Laboratories, a domestic yeast supplier for craft breweries, we were faced with a problem: we had isolated a number of wild yeasts from around Ontario, but had no way to rigorously test these yeasts in order to produce the data required to get truly new strains of yeast to market. Our solution was partnering with Dr. van der Merwe. In doing so, we were able to set up a pilot beer fermentation facility, with downstream analysis of beer through sensory panels as well as flavour metabolite analysis through the Advanced Analysis Centre. This project enables us to generate a pipeline of high quality data, which we can use to inform commercialization decisions.”
“The University of Guelph is a top university with state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned researchers. Our interaction with Professor Steven Rothstein and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology over the past year has been key to advancing a particular research goal within our company. Aside from gaining access to the tremendous resources available at the University, you’ll more than likely gain ideas, excellent feedback and mentorship that is typically difficult to find for a small or medium-sized companies at such a high level.”
Julian Northey, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Frontier Agri-Science Inc.
“As our company continues to grow, PlantForm hopes to continue working with MCB faculty on research projects that will improve our company’s production processes and product pipeline, and we anticipate that the new Masters of Biotechnology program will become a source of ready-trained employees with valuable experience.”
Dr. Mike McLean