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									Here is the latest edition of the Bulletinfo, the Marine             fungal properties and other targets could be investigated de-
Biotechnology Research Centre’s (MBRC) information                   pending of customer’s interest. Six methods of extraction using
bulletin. You will find in these pages, the MBRC’s most re-           different solvent are performed to generate multiple derivative
cent news and activities. For any information concerning             substances from the biomasses for testing. For more informa-
our services, you can contact Ms Amélie Hupé by email at             tion on this service, please contact Jacques-André St-Pierre by or by phone at 418.723.2726                mail at Jacques-André
ext. 116.
                                                                     Publication of a BioTechno® on the Zeodration technique
The MBRC’s achievements
                                                                     The MBRC contributed to the publication of the CQVB’s Bio-
The MBRC recently published a list of some of its achieve-           Techno® on the Zeodration technique (Volume 5, Number 3).
ments since 2004. The French version is now available on the         Published last November, the document demonstrates how
MBRC’s website at You will find this infor-        the technology works and compares it with other drying techni-
mation under the section “CRBM – Nos réalisations”. It should        ques, like freeze-drying. To get a copy of the document, you can
be available in English soon.                                        contact the CQVB (

Renewal of the MBRC’s establishment license

Health Canada visited the MBRC for the second time since the
beginning of the GMP activities in some of its laboratories. The
establishment license, allowing the MBRC to test and release
pharmaceutical products on the market, was renewed with suc-
cess.                                                            The Zeodration technique is an innovative dehydration process
                                                                 based on vacuum and a selective absorbent, trapping only
Bioassay-Guided Fractionation Using in vitro Screening water molecules. All molecules larger than a water molecule,
Platform                                                         like those of aromas, pigments or other volatile substances,
                                                                 present in the product to dehydrate won’t be trapped by the
In vitro cell-based assay is available for screening bioactive selective absorbent. Resulting is a dehydrated product without
substances from terrestrial and marine biomasses for bio- deterioration of its organoleptic qualities. This technology has
logical activities. This assay aims to discover new bioactive major advantages:
substances, contained in natural extracts, against specific
target of interest.                                                > Preservation of aromas, taste, colours and the product’s
                                                                   > No other waste but clean water
                                                                   > No chemical refrigerant fluids
                                                                   > Flexibility of use
                                                                   > Lower operating cost compared to freeze-drying

                                                                     For more information on the Zeodration technique, you can con-
Anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-   tact Alain Guillou by email at
Product lauching for O Nordiques                                   tation agreement is part of the ACCORD (Action concertée
                                                                   de coopération régionale de développement) project; process
The company from Godbout (Côte-Nord), O Nordiques, is initiated by regional partners and supported by the Quebec
launching on the market purified sea water, for consumer use. Government for the elaboration of a strategy and action plans.
This water can be used for cooking and to preserve various The niche is composed of four clusters. They are: aquaculture,
marine products. This is the first step towards the development marine biotechnologies, processing of seafood products and
of value added products from the sea water of the Labrador marine technologies. The strategy aims to contribute to the
Current. The MBRC worked on many stages of development industrial development of each cluster.
for this product. The Centre worked on the development of the
laboratory processes, the industrial scaling of these processes Many of the MBRC’s goals are directly linked with the
and on the proof of safety of the product. The marketed sea main orientations given in the strategy for the “marine
water meets the standards of the ministère de l’Agriculture, biotechnologies” cluster.
des Pêches et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agecny (CFIA). In January 2007, For more information on ACCORD, you can go to the website of
Canada Economic Development announced the granting of a the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation
repayable contribution of $394,362 to O Nordiques. You can et de l’Exportation at
visite their website at
                                                                   Human resources
First funding for the Incubateur d’entreprises en technologies
de la mer à Rimouski                                               Once again, the MBRC added new members to the team.
The project received a first funding from MDEIE of $145,000
and from DEC of $180,975 to help the beginning of its activi- Karine Gilbert, B. Sc. R&D Documentation specialist. Ms.
ties. The incubator will support the delivery of start-up and gui- Gilbert, a Saguenay region native, owns a bachelor’s degree
dance services to new enterprises operating in marine biotech- in chemistry. She graduated in 2002 from the Sherbrooke
nology valorization, aquaculture and energy as well as marine University. After her training periods and the academic
and ship technology-related fields. It will be the only incuba- researches requested by the Sherbrooke COOP program, she
tor in the country dedicated exclusively to technologies linked worked during three years for Pharmascience, as a stability
with the marine environment. The incubator aims to support, analyst in R&D.
with a personalized approach, promoters, entrepreneurs and
scientists in the start-up of new viable enterprises. It will also Marie-Josée Ouellet, B. Sc. Technician – analytical chemistry.
support enterprises having technology innovation projects for Ms. Marie-Josée Ouellet owns a bachelor’s degree in biology.
the development of new products.                                   She graduated in 2006 from the Université Laval. During her
                                                                   studies in Québec, she worked during three summers at the
Accord – Marine Niche of Excellence                                MBRC for training periods in analytical chemistry. Back in her
                                                                   native region, she is now working at the MBRC with the GLP
Quebec Government signed the implementation agreement of and R&D team in pharmaceutical chemistry.
the strategy and action plan for the development of the Niche of
Excellence Marine resources, sciences and technologies for the
three Québec maritime regions, which are Bas-Saint-Laurent,
Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. This implemen-
A new marine biotechnology network: DAMAMNet                    The quality of this scientific conference was confirmed by
                                                                high level of praise given by the attendees to the organizing
Last spring, a new initiative aiming to develop a network of    committee. The TAFT 2006 organizing committee was com-
academic and industrial scientists interested in marine         posed of eleven members from four important research and
biotechnologies was launched on a national scale. The network   development organizations of Quebec, which are the Direction
is called « Discovery and Application of Marine Active Mate-    de l’innovation et des technologies (DIT) of the MAPAQ, the
rials » (DAMAMNet). The network wishes to develop concepts,     Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), the Nutraceuticals
methods, tools and techniques allowing the discovery and iden-  and Functional Foods Institute (INAF) and the Marine Biotech-
tification of bioactive compounds and biomaterials from marine   nology Research Centre (MBRC).
species, obtained by fisheries, aquaculture or from processes,
to determine their natural functions and to understand their
mechanisms of action when applied to human diseases treat-
ment or used in the composition of nutraceuticals, functional
foods and cosmeceuticals. DAMAMNet wishes to link scientists
from Quebec and the four eastern provinces (New-Brunswick,
Nova-Scotia, Prince-Edward-Island and Newfoundland/La-
brador) already working in the field of marine biomaterials
and to offer financial resources to allow these scientists to
develop their projects and to contribute to the training of new
scientists and highly qualified professionals. A first meeting for the
partners was held in Halifax last January to initiate discussions
on projects and the network’s structure. The MBRC, a network Events in brief
partner, was present. For more information on DAMAMNet,
you can contact Mister Émilien Pelletier by email at Emilien_ October: or by phone at 418 723-1986, ext. 1724. > On October 23rd, the Vice-president of regional operations of
                                                                     Investissement Québec, Mister Claude Dulude came to visit
Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference 2006                  the MBRC.

The joint conference Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology December:
(TAFT 2006) was the second occasion for a gathering between > The regional Director of Hydro-Québec, Mister Roger Per-
the West European Fish Technologist Association (WEFTA) ron, visited the MBRC on December 6th.
and the Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference (AFTC). The
TAFT 2006 was held at the Loews Le Concorde of Quebec City,
from October 29th to November 1st 2006, and gathered 180 at-
tendees from 22 countries. The conference had six sessions on
innovation under the theme « Health and innovative products
from the sea » with 86 oral communications, from which seven
were given by renowned speakers, and 56 posters presenta-
tion. The first edition of a student competition, with three prizes
for a total of $1500, was a real success.
                                   Marine Biotechnology Research Centre
                          265, 2e Rue Est, Rimouski (Québec) Canada G5L 9H3
                            Phone : 877-723-CRBM (2726) or (418) 723-2726
                                           Fax : (418) 725-1530

           Executive Director                                                              Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Microbiology
   Guy Viel :                                                     Steeve Michaud :
         Valorization and Transfer                                                               Cellular and molecular Biology
Alain Guillou :                                            Jacques-André St-Pierre :
                                        Marketing and Communications
                                   Amélie Hupé :

                                                       MBRC’s partners
                            Partner in the development
                            of marine science and technology

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