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ArboraNano’s new chairman accepts position on ‘conviction’


December 8, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

ArboraNano, the new network created by FPInnovations and NanoQuébec, has a chairman of its Board of Dir…

ArboraNano, the new network created by FPInnovations and NanoQuébec, has a chairman of its Board of Directors. Pierre Lapointe was recently appointed to the position in Edmonton, AB.

 

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Lapointe is president and CEO of FPInnovations, and his heading up of the new organization is considered a strategic plus by ArboraNano’s president and CEO, Ron Crotogino. “The appointment ensures close collaboration between the network and FPInnovations,” he said, helping to foster a working relationship between an established leader in nanotechnology research and the new research network.

 ArboraNano is a network of multi-sector businesses, universities and not-for-profit organizations. Calling on forest sector and nanotechnology expertise, it is exploring opportunities for innovation of advanced manufactured products that are enhanced through the use of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) from wood fibre and other nanomaterials. Its goal is to create a new Canadian bioeconomy based on innovative, highly-engineered, carbon-neutral products containing nanomaterials.

 

 According to Lapointe, “FPInnovations’ scientific research has shown that NCC has remarkable, unique properties. It thus has a very bright future when it comes to the creation of new, ecological, manufactured products. I have therefore agreed to chair the Board of ArboraNano by conviction, in order to contribute to the development of new markets for NCC-based products.”

 

 

 ArboraNano will receive $8.9 million in funding from the federal government over the next four years.


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