International Minerals Innovation Institute

Innovation Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan, through Innovation Saskatchewan, has provided $350,000 in funding for a project to develop new genomics testing technologies and services for use in the mining sector.

The genomics testing technologies are being developed by Contango Strategies Limited, a Saskatoon-based company which offers scientific research, development and value-added services in clean technology and biotechnology for the natural resource and energy sectors.

“Our government is committed to innovation to diversify our economy,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Steven Bonk said.  “This project is a perfect example of a made-in-Saskatchewan solution that will have a huge impact within our province and across the world.”

The genomics testing technologies will provide valuable information about microbes, which are able to significantly influence the mining environment.  The new technologies developed will advance the mining sector, improving mineral processing and water treatment, as well as reducing environmental impacts from closed mines.

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