eDNAtec Receives Follow-on Contribution from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster for $1.1M Project to Double Throughput
On April 20, 2023, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced new projects under its Capacity and Supply Chain Expansion (CASCE) program – including eDNAtec’s proposal to expand the company’s analytical capacity to meet growing customer demands, while continuing to showcase real-world benefits of environmental DNA technologies in fisheries and biodiversity management.
“This directly supports the commercialization of R&D developed through the OceanDNA System™ project,” said eDNAtec Chief Executive Officer, Steve Barrett. “We have seen increased demand for our biomonitoring services utilizing environmental DNA (eDNA) and this project will enable us to meet that demand by increasing our analytical throughout by more than 100%.”
The grant will also benefit the Nunavut Fisheries Association through the training of personnel in eDNA sampling, outfitting vessels to perform the sampling, and the continued application of eDNA technologies towards fisheries management.
eDNAtec are specialists in environmental genomics – dedicated to transforming how to assess, monitor and characterize ecosystems through DNA sequencing and improving the environmental stewardship of our planet’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Since 2015 eDNAtec has delivered hundreds of remediation and ecological eDNA projects around the world. At its facility fully dedicated to the application of genomics to environmental characterization and monitoring, eDNAtec is working closely with key industrial customers in energy, aquaculture, mining, and commercial fisheries as well as the Government of Canada, to bring genomics to mainstream environmental assessment and monitoring.
About Nunavut Fisheries Association (NFA)
NFA is a not for profit corporation established to present a united voice for Nunavut’s commercial fishing industry to stakeholders and the public at the territorial and federal levels. NFA also supports fisheries and ecosystem science and research activities in the Eastern Arctic, working collaboratively with stakeholders and conducting its own annual research program, all in support of sustainable fisheries development in Nunavut. NFA represents the four quota holders in waters adjacent to Nunavut, including Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Arctic Fishery Alliance, Baffin Fisheries and Pangnirtung Fisheries/Cumberland Sound Fisheries Partnership.
About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 130 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca.