Bioindustrial Innovation Canada 2017 Year in Review

What is The Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI)?

In 2016, BIC established the COMM SCI initiative program, which acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation. COMM SCI was established with a $12-million contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) Investing in Regional Diversification initiative and additional support from the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.

BIC champions commercialization, cluster and value chain development by providing business advice, technical services and project funding support to participating small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs). BIC is accelerating technology development, removing barriers to commercialization and enabling broader product adoption.

COMM SCI has two components, investments and projects.


In 2017 BIC has worked with 122 companies ranging from bioenergy to biomaterials, agricultural sustainability, engineering consulting firms, solar energy producers, and more. We have committed $1.875 million in investments in the following early stage companies:

  • Ubiquity Solar Developing a high performance advanced silicon materials focused on the photovoltaic (PV) industry. Ubiquity Solar uses a low cost, proprietary silicon refinement and crystallization technology to provide products that will outperform standard PV silicon ingots, bricks and wafers.

  • Comet Biorefining Developed a novel process to convert non-food cellulosic biomass into high quality cost-competitive cellulosic glucose.

  • Origin Materials Origin’s technology produces bio-based intermediates from lignocellulosic (second generation) raw materials for use in a wide range of plastic applications.

  • FireRein Firefighters have created FireRein Eco-Gel, an effective, safe and non-toxic firefighting water additive.

  • Greyter Systems Inc. Out-of-the-box water reuse technology that creates water-efficient buildings and homes, addresses water scarcity, reduces water costs, and achieves LEED quickly and affordably.