Vancouver, Canada, May 2017, Cellula Robotics Ltd. (Cellula) is pleased to announce it has been contracted by Public Works and Government Services Canada under the Build in Canada Innovation Program to supply two pre-production CETOR 3000 samplers to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) in Halifax. After delivery of the two CETOR 3000 samples in Q4 2017, BIO will undertake extensive testing of the units to validate their performance in both a laboratory environment and with remote mooring deployments.
The CETOR 3000 sampler, developed in partnership with CSHEL at the University of Delaware, can be deployed in oceans and lakes to collect and preserve up to 600 independently sealed samples. Three puck banks enable series filtration for up to 200 bacteria-grade samples, and flow path sterilization provides zero cross-contamination. Plankton, geochemical tracers, and suspended sediments are captured on user-selected mesh or membrane filters within reusable pucks. Sampling can be triggered manually or autonomously and is designed to operate without service for up to six months. http://www.cellula.com/cetor3000-plankton-sampler/
The Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies of all sizes move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the laboratory to the marketplace. Through the BCIP, the Government of Canada buys pre-qualified goods and services. The government moves these late-stage research and development innovations to federal departments for testing. After testing, the BCIP provides feedback to suppliers on the performance of their products or services. The BCIP became permanent in Budget 2012 following a two-year pilot. The program is managed by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises of Public Services and Procurement Canada. https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/picc-bcip/index-eng.html
Bedford Institute of Oceanography is a modern oceanographic research facility, established in 1962 by the Federal Government of Canada (the former Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, now Natural Resources Canada) and is located on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Over the last 50 years it has grown to become Canada’s largest centre for ocean research. The Institute performs targeted research, mandated by the Canadian government, to provide ‘peer’ reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of ocean issues, including sovereignty, safety and security, environmental protection, the health of the oceans, safe and accessible waterways, the sustainable use of natural resources (fisheries, minerals, oil & gas) and the integrated management large ocean management areas. http://www.bio.gc.ca/index-en.php