McMaster launches joint venture to improve on-line detection of water-borne bacteria
McMaster University is embarking on a joint venture with China-based Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co. in an effort to tackle the most challenging task in water pollution monitoring – on-line detection of waterborne bacteria.
Engineering physics professors Chang-Qing Xu and Qiyin Fang, developed the technology – which uses McMaster’s novel microfluidic flow cytometer to develop an on-line water-borne bacteria detection instrument – in collaboration with several other McMaster researchers including Shiping Zhu (chemical engineering), Herb Schellhorn (biology), Jamal Deen (electrical and computer engineering) and Ravi Selvaganapathy (mechanical engineering), a number of McMaster graduate students and researchers from the National Research Council of Canada and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
A formal technology transfer agreement was signed in China on March 13th during a visit of an Ontario delegation led by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.
Peter Mascher, McMaster’s associate vice-president of international affairs, was part of the delegation which visited four major cities -- Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, and Shanghai - to discuss pathways of strengthening collaboration in research and technology transfer in strategic areas of mutual interests.
Mascher says this particular tech transfer initiative is unlike most of the current initiatives, and promises to lead to greater economic development opportunities for the Province, and in this case, for Hamilton.
“The Delin model” will see Chinese high-tech companies set up R&D subsidiaries in Canada, rather than have Canadian technologies further developed in China. According to Mascher, this model is a “significant advantage for Ontario and will lead to more jobs and investment in the province and our city,” noting that the company will make its new home at the McMaster Innovation Park.
The joint venture will give Delin access to McMaster’s novel bacteria detection technology and other on-line sensing and diagnostic technologies developed by the MacWater group. Delin’s advanced water sampling, processing, and remote communication technologies will allow rapid translation of McMaster’s sensing technologies to Canadian and international markets.
Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co. is based in Nanjing (capital of the province of Jiangsu, population of 80 million and No. 2 in GDP in China) and is one of the largest water quality monitoring instrumentation manufacturers in China. The company markets a full line of on-line sensing instruments that can measure contaminants in water and transmit the monitored data remotely to monitoring centers and government agencies.
In the photo from left to right:
Peter Mascher, associate vice-president of international affairs; Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation; Lingcheng Hong, Chairman and CEO, Delin; and Yong Qi, Deputy District Director of Jiangning District, Nanjing.