SUDBURY – Cambrian College hosted Conservative MP Bryan Hayes on Monday, Aug. 18 as FedNor announced more than $1 million in funding for four regional organizations, including Cambrian College. The College will receive more than $340,000 over two years to support applied research projects.
Emile Malvaso, Cambrian’s manager of applied research, says the College’s portion of the funds will be used to support a number of projects currently in development, including Bair Bum Baby, which was conceived by a local nurse practitioner.
“We’re excited about Bair Bum Baby, which is a changing mat that keeps little bottoms dry and free of diaper rash,” he explains. “Cambrian faculty and students will design and build an electronics module that is fastened to Bair Bum Baby’s existing mat system to promote air flow. We’ll also be responsible for branding this product and will facilitate getting it onto store shelves.”
Cambrian Innovates is also working with the Northeastern Ontario Medical Offices (www.neomo.ca) to develop an interactive tool aimed at easing the bottlenecks associated with booking patient appointments. The interface will reduce the time required to schedule appointments, as well as the time involved in registering and verifying health card information.
Government funding is matched by industry partners – in a 60/40 split – who collaborate with Cambrian Innovates. This unique program allows businesses to access funds immediately to a maximum of $50,000 per project. Those interested in learning more about launching research projects may contact Steve Gravel, Cambrian’s applied research development officer (contact information below).
Key speakers at Monday’s announcement included MP Bryan Hayes; Bill Best, Cambrian College’s new president; and ward 5 councillor Ron Dupuis. Cambrian staff and faculty are available for interviews.
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About Cambrian Innovates:
Cambrian Innovates uses the expertise of Cambrian College’s most talented professors to solve problems presented by industry partners. Whether it’s a prototype of a new widget, development of new software, or the creation of a new look and feel for a product or business, Cambrian Innovates provide its partners with market-ready solutions. Based inside the College’s Glencore Centre for Innovation, partners have access to more than 350 highly-skilled staff and faculty, as well as students from more than 80 programs. For more information, visit www.cambrianinnovates.ca.
Applied research development officer
705-566-8101, ext. 6242
Steve Mantler (collaborated with NEOMO)
Telecom administrator, infrastructure support services
705-566-8101, ext. 7455
John Tye (collaborated with Bair Bum Baby)
Research analyst, planning and research
705-566-8101, ext. 6844
Mary Katherine Keown
705-566-8101, ext. 6876