News related to Gryphon's LAAIR Program

Return to the LAAIR campaign image noting date: May 19, 2021 and time: 1 p.m. EDT

Gryphon's LAAIR Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition returns May 19

The University of Guelph's Research Innovation Office will highlight innovative companies that had their genesis in the Gryphon's LAAIR (Leading to the Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program. On May 19, a team of international judges will decide which contestant will win $10,000, and starting at noon on Friday, May 15, everyone will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award – worth $2,500. Voting will close at 12:59 p.m. EDT on May 19.

Gryphon's LAAIR grants help researchers develop products for the growing agri-food sector

From skin care to brewing to plant greenhouses to cows and horses, five projects will receive funding from the Gryphon’s LAAIR program this year to help researchers pursue research innovations with commercial potential.

The Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to the Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program, funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, helps to create new products and services for the growing agri-food sector.

Unique nutrient medium offers unparalleled support for apple tree growth.

Big plans for micropropagation

Efforts to replace agriculture and food imports with homegrown products are arising in even the most specialized market segments, such as micropropagated trees.

Micropropagation uses small parts of plants instead of stem or root cuttings, allowing more trees to be grown faster. This innovation is important—demand for apple root stocks and varieties is predicted to reach more than two million plants per year for at least the next decade.