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Innovation Research Chairs

The purpose of our $8 million New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair Initiative (NBIRC) is to foster greater collaboration between the private sector and academia. Each of these chairs are exclusively focused on research to help private sector companies develop new and improved products and technology. This includes the development of new or existing intellectual property within your company and/or the research chair and their team.

Companies interested in exploring collaborations with one of our research chairs are invited to correspond with our Director of Research, Lindsay Bowman by telephone at 1-877-554-6668. We accept inquiries from corporations across Canada and the United States.

Please refer to the profiles of our research chairs below to discover their areas of expertise. Funding for industry-research collaborations under the NBIRC are determined on a project by project basis.

Chairs

Duane Barker

Aquatic Biosciences

Duane Barker - Aquatic Biosciences

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Aquatic Biosciences, Dr. Duane Barker is working with industry to apply his expertise regarding parasites and diseases in cultured and wild fish. His aim is to develop advanced methods for their mitigation and control.

The value of New Brunswick's fish and seafood exports reached $1 billion in 2013. Climate change, its associated ocean acidification, and industry pollution is threatening the traditional fishing industry. Dr. Barker's aim is to help New Brunswick aquatic industries overcome these challenges.

Dr. Barker brings over 25 years of extensive fish health research and development work to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, in St. Andrews By-The-Sea, where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship 15 years ago. During his career, Dr. Barker has received numerous grants, trained over 90 students and high-quality personnel and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.

J.R. Jocelyn Paré

Medical Technologies

J.R. Jocelyn Paré - Medical Technologies

Dr. Jocelyn Paré has had a long and distinguished career as a public sector scientist with Environment Canada. Over the years, he has published over 300 papers, 2000 more of which are a result of his work. His scientific specialties include nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the analysis of contaminants in air, water, soil, plant and animal tissues; from chemical reactions caused by the impact of electrons to the structure of complex biological molecules. He is famous for developing Microwave-Assisted Processes and is the sole inventor of ten patents and co-inventor of two more.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014”, Atlantic Canada has the highest incidence rate in the country. With New Brunswick’s aging population, the effect of cancer on healthcare costs, life expectancy and suffering, continues to increase. By integrating his patents with, and applying his knowledge surrounding microwaves to products and research at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Dr. Paré’s is developing new, non-invasive treatments more precise screening methods for detecting cancer.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies, Dr. Paré scientific and technology transfer expertise will help to position New Brunswick as a world leader in the discovery, innovation and commercialization of medical technologies. He will use his chair, network and knowledge in electromagnetic energy and microwave-assisted processing to create opportunities for multiple value-added industries including wood, food, biopharmaceuticals and bio-pesticides.

Erik Scheme

Medical Devices and Technology

Erik Scheme - Medical Devices and Technology

As technology advances, the demand for advanced wearable medical devices has seen a rapid increase in the past five years, including smart prosthetic hands and limbs, multi-monitoring devices for human physiology, and more recently, human performance augmentation technologies. The growth rate of the wearable medical device industry is expected to compound annually at a rate of 16%, and for multi-monitoring devices, 45%. In fact, the medical technology sector is expected to outperform pharmaceuticals by 2018. Founded in 1965, the UNB Institute for Biomedical Engineering is recognized as one of the top five research organizations of its kind in the world.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Devices and Technology, Dr. Scheme’s mandate is to position New Brunswick as a world leader in the discovery, innovation and commercialization of medical devices and technologies. He will lead the growth of New Brunswick’s emerging medical devices industry by making it a destination of choice for new and existing companies, entrepreneurs, and exceptional students. Working with a large internal team, and from other public and private organizations, Dr. Scheme’s focus is to effectively put the results of their collective work into the hands of industry.

Dr. Erik Scheme is a Research Engineer in biological signal processing and control, human-machine interfaces, and product design at the University of New Brunswick’s Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, he has published articles in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, and others. Dr. Scheme received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. 

Natalia Stakhanova

Cyber Security

Natalia Stakhanova - Cyber Security

Despite our enormous achievements in computing, it is a matter of fact that no organization, regardless of size or wealth, is immune to cyber security threats. That threat compounds as more industries, enterprises, and governments integrate their online systems with countless other organizations to meet the demands of doing business in the digital age.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security, Dr. Stakhanova will lead the research and development of novel detection and response technologies for current, trending and anticipated cyber security threats, and facilitate the adoption of such technologies within New Brunswick economy’s five primary industries. When commercialized, Dr. Stakhanova’s work is expected to significantly reduce the cyber security threat response costs of governments and industry. Since revenues generated through cyber security threat detection and mitigation services are expected to grow by 30 per cent over the next five years, her research results are expected to provide increased opportunities for the province’s IT services sector as well.

Marc Surette

Biosciences

Marc Surette - Biosciences

Nutrition magazines and media personalities have been hailing the positive affect of omega-3 fatty acids on human health for several years, and the food and pharmaceutical industries have followed suit. Common sources of omega-3 fatty acids currently come from animals, and most predominantly fish. However, the increased use of omega-3s in food products, nutritional supplements, and new compounds for treating inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases, discovered by Dr. Surette, is pushing demand beyond supply. This has brought a number of issues to light, including the sustainability of the fishery, and the increasing presence of toxins, like mercury, in wild fish.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Biosciences, Dr. Surette will work in partnership with agricultural companies to develop crops of a specific plant that is rich in a new form of omega-3 fatty acids. This will open up new opportunities for farmers in New Brunswick and beyond to grow a new and potentially lucrative crop. Dr. Surette’s aim is to work with industry to integrate these vegetable-based and sustainable fatty acids into their products. This, together with the development of new compounds for treating inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases will provide tremendous support for New Brunswick's burgeoning biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Dr. Surette is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the Université de Moncton. A recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Cellular Lipid Metabolism, he has published over 45 articles in countless international journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Nutrition, and the International Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, to name a few, Dr. Surette completed his PhD in biochemistry at Cornell University.

Meng Gong

Advanced Wood

Meng Gong - Advanced Wood

Dr. Meng Gong is the Acting Director and Senior Research Scientist of the Wood Science and Technology Centre (WSTC), the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He received his Master’s degree in wood technology and Ph.D. in wood engineering from Nanjing Forestry University (China) and UNB, respectively.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products, Dr. Gong leads research on wood quality, wood modification and engineered wood products in the WSTC. He dedicates himself to R&D of modified wood and engineered wood products and their uses in wood building construction.

Dr. Gong is one of nine voting members since 2008 sitting on the Standing Committee on Technical Evaluations (SCTE), Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation, National Research Council. He is the only member of expertise in wood products and physically located in Atlantic Canada. As a member, Dr. Gong reviews the Scope and Evaluation Plans and Technical Guides for innovative construction materials and products. In 2015, Dr. Gong was elected as the Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS). Fellow of IAWS is internationally regarded as a very high honor in the wood science community in recognition of his/her achievements in wood science. Dr. Gong received the Merit Award from UNB in 2016. This award recognizes the outstanding performance, commitment and service to the University.

  • Duane Barker - Aquatic Biosciences
    Duane Barker Aquatic Biosciences
  • J.R. Jocelyn Paré - Medical Technologies
    J.R. Jocelyn Paré Medical Technologies
  • Erik Scheme - Medical Devices and Technology
    Erik Scheme Medical Devices and Technology
  • Natalia Stakhanova - Cyber Security
    Natalia Stakhanova Cyber Security
  • Marc Surette - Biosciences
    Marc Surette Biosciences
  • Meng Gong - Advanced Wood
    Meng Gong Advanced Wood