News Release - January 12, 2001
NEW POS PILOT PLANT UPGRADES WILL HELP SASKATCHEWAN BUSINESS COMPETE
A $1.8-million upgrade to facilities at the POS Pilot Plant Corp. will allow
Saskatchewan food and pharmaceutical companies to access leading-edge
processing equipment and research facilities at a reasonable cost.
POS has purchased three unique processing systems and equipment with $1.3
million from the joint federal-provincial Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food
Innovation Fund (AFIF).
Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative Development provided $465,000 from its
Strategic Investment Fund to help POS upgrade its facilities to international
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. GMP certification is essential to
operating in the global bioprocessing industry, which is involved in research
and testing of materials such as starches, carbohydrates and proteins.
"This $1.8-million investment into research and technology in Saskatchewan will
create tremendous opportunities for farmers and the sector as a whole,"
Director of the Saskatoon Research Centre Dr. Ashley O'Sullivan said, on behalf
of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief. "The new, optimal
environment for research and technology at POS will provide Canada's agri-food
industry with the tools to take advantage of new opportunities."
The new equipment allows POS to provide industry with state-of-the-art
technology for product development and processing in the cosmetic, food,
nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors. This research, in turn, helps
clients scale-up to commercial production.
"The upgrade at POS Pilot Plant Corp. is another example of the commitment both
the provincial and federal governments have to build infrastructure that builds
business in Saskatchewan," Agriculture and Food Minister Clay Serby said.
"This facility can now offer new services second to none in North America."
Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon said the POS
upgrade provides Saskatchewan companies with a competitive advantage.
"The new equipment and facility upgrades give business in this province access
to leading-edge resources that are normally available and affordable only to
large multi-national companies," she said. "Our support underscores our
commitment to the critical research and development that strengthens our value-
"By supporting the work of POS, the Government of Canada is helping to create
high-paying, high-tech jobs and opportunities for the people of Saskatchewan,"
Natural Resources Minister Ralph Goodale said. "Through unique federal-
provincial programs like the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund,
government and industry can form a partnership to enrich Canada's
The $91-million AFIF was established in 1996 to promote and support emerging
primary production and value-added processing activities in Saskatchewan. AFIF
is funded two-thirds by the federal government and one-third by the province.
Saskatchewan's Strategic Investment Fund encourages the development of research
infrastructure and innovation in Saskatchewan. It helps enhance the
competitiveness of Saskatchewan industries, as well as develop new value-added
products, processes and technologies to expand Saskatchewan's economy.
POS Pilot Plant Corporation is a confidential, not-for-profit, contract
Research and Development facility specializing in producing bioprocessing
solutions. POS focuses primarily on helping industries develop high-value,
biologically-based components for nutraceuticals, functional foods,
pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods and feeds. POS, which began operation in
1977, is located in Saskatoon.
For more information, contact:
Marilyn Huber Bob Ellis
Communications Co-ordinator, Saskatchewan Economic
POS Pilot Plant Corp. and Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 978-2855 Phone: (306) 787-8983
John Babcock Elin Viberg
Agri-Food Innovation Fund Agri-Food Innovation Fund
Phone: (306) 787-9768 Phone: (306) 780-8117