Beyond forging applied research partnerships, the Technology Access Centre in Bio-Innovation (TAC-B) offers technical support, analysis, process development, training, and networking through diverse federal and provincial financing opportunities to develop industries.
The Centre, associated with the Bachelors in biotechnology from La Cité, benefits from a skilled workforce as well as high-tech equipment in molecular biology and microbiology. These resources are made available to SMEs to enable the implementation of applied research projects leading to the creation of new products or processes or the optimization of existing technologies in the agri-food, human and animal health as well as industrial and environmental sectors.
It provides access to scientific and technical personnel and high-level equipment for businesses and research institutes. The centre is comprised of a team with vast expertise in biophysics, bioprocesses, biotechnology, analytical chemistry and genetic engineering. We collaborate with businesses and institutions by offering concrete solutions to specific needs and problems. We also use our expertise to support training, innovation and development to commercialize processes and products.
Since 2009, TAC-B has developed more than 85 industry and community applied research projects in the fields of red, green, and white biotechnology in Ontario and Western Quebec.
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|Chemical element analysis|
|Kjeltec digester and distiller (N) — (FOSS (Kjeltec 8000))||Quantification of nitrogen in liquid and solid samples|
|Dumas Combustion (C,N,S) — (LECO (TruSpec CN,TruSpec S))||Quantification of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur in solid samples|
|Multisizer Z4 (openings of 20, 30, 50, 100 and 2,000 μm) — (Beckman Coulter (Multisizer 4))||Particle sizing and quantification|
|Fiber analyzer — (Ankom (A-200))||Intestinal transit simulator|
|Soxhlet extractor — (Foss (Soxtec 2045))||Fat extraction|
|Environmental chambers — (JeiTech (TH-ME))||Temperature and humidity control (20-90% HR) for life tests|
|Water activity measurement — (Neutec (Lab Master.aw))||Measurement of water activity in different types of samples|
|Mass spectrometer — (MS AB Sciex (3200 Q Trap))||Separation, identification and quantification of soluble molecules|
|HPLC-MS — (LC Shimadzu (LC-20AD, DGU-20A3R, SIL-20ACHT)||Separation and quantification of soluble molecules|
|HPLC-UV/VIS — (Varian (920-LC))||Separation and quantification of soluble molecules|
|Ion chromatography — (Thermo Scientific (Dionex lCS-5000 DC, Dionex lCS-5000 SP Dionex AS-AP))||Separation and identification of charged molecules and ions (amino acids)|
|Atomic absorption spectrometer — (Varian (AA240))||Quantification of chemical elements|
|GC-MS (VOC direct injection)||Separation, identification and quantification of volatile compounds (fatty acids, hydrocarbons, alcohol)|
|GC-FID — (Agilent (6890N/5975C))|
|Capillary electrophoresis — (Agilent (7890A))||Separation and quantification of soluble molecules|
|Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) — (Agilent (HP 3D CE))||Detection of phase transitions|
|FT-NIR spectrometer — (PerkinElmer (JADE))||Non-destructive analysis of different nutritional parameters (calibration curve required)|
|Laminar flow hoods||Sterile environment|
|CO2 incubator||Tissue culture|
|Fluorescence microscope (OLYMPUS -BX53F) — (OLYMPUS (BX53F))||Visualization of fluorescent material|
|Growth chamber (VWR) —(VWR)||Controlled environment for tissue and plant culture|