Business-led network aims to accelerate commercialization in Canada

ReMAP to bring innovative products to market faster.

TORONTO — The Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) network has launched with the intention of driving Canadian innovation by supporting emerging technologies and associated manufacturing processes that accelerate new products to market.

“As products are being launched exponentially faster than ever before, the role of the network is to accelerate researchers’ innovative ideas and emerging technology through to product commercialization,” said Irene Sterian, executive director of ReMAP.

“By bringing together large industry, start-ups, small and medium enterprises, we can help to build and strengthen a manufacturing ecosystem that complements Canada’s existing infrastructure and drives innovation.”

The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) partnership will work to provide tools that bring innovative products to market faster. Sharing resources across 38 labs and factories throughout ReMAP’s 25 partner network will lower costs, improve processes, differentiate products, and become more environmentally sustainable.

Along with $7.7 million received from Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program, ReMAP has attracted more than $11 million from partnership commitments in cash and in-kind contributions over the next five years.

The BL-NCE program is a federal program designed to address private sector research and development (R&D) challenges in Canadian research priority areas through the creation of business-led research networks that increase private sector investment. It is overseen by a tri-agency NCE Steering Committee composed of the Deputy Minister of Industry, the Deputy Minister of Health; and the Presidents of three federal granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with the President of the Canada Foundation for Innovation serving as an observer.

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