With the potential result of food innovations that will create billions of economic value for Canada and environmental benefits for the world, the Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) and Ontario genomics announce AcCELLERate-ON, the first regional cellular agriculture competition in Canada.
Designed to drive food innovation, this $ 700,000 program will support research and development of viable food production methods such as cell culture, precision fermentation, tissue engineering, scaffolding and production capabilities. hybridization.
“With this first regional cellular agriculture competition, CFIN and Ontario Genomics challenge traditional production methods to find new, innovative ways to bring food to the table, benefiting the environment and all Canadians. Â», Declared FranÃ§ois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation. , scientific and industrial.
In addition to proteins, enzymes, flavor molecules, vitamins, pigments and fats that can be incorporated into existing products to create new value-added products, food innovation in cellular agriculture can create a wide variety of foods produced by precision fermentation (that is to say dairy products, eggs, chocolate, honey and vanilla) as well as cultivated food products (that is to say red meat, poultry, seafood, pet food and others).
âDue to recent advances in food science and bioengineering, we are at a point where cell multiplication techniques can offer the world a viable route to reduce its environmental footprint while producing additional food to support growing global populations, “said Dana McCauley, CFIN Senior Lead. âOntario Genomics’ national report on the opportunities for Canada in cellular agricultural food production is compelling and identifies that if Canada acts quickly to find ways to use new and existing technologies to build capacity, it can become a world leader in this field. “
“This competition is an inspiring incentive to ensure that innovative cellular farming technologies move closer to market in Ontario and around the world, âsaid Bettina Hamelin, PharmD, President and CEO of Ontario Genomics. âCanada has a food innovation opportunity of up to $ 12.5 billion per year on the horizon. Ensuring that promising companies and academics get the right support at the right time can catalyze Ontario leadership and create more than 140,000 jobs nationwide.
CFIN and Ontario Genomics are launching an “open call” for proposals based on genomics and engineering biology, including those in the social sciences, to address challenges identified by industry and other end-users at breast and through cellular agriculture, Ontario food and beverage. ecosystems. This program is open to innovators and collaborative teams led by Ontario (that is to say teams comprising industry, academia, industry-university, industry-industry or industry-other) who are able to meet the identified challenge and implement the results of the project.
Applications are accepted until February 28, 2022. The 12 to 18 month project will start on May 1, 2022.