Harper Government to Help Canadian Businesses Become Innovation Leaders

Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 2012—The success of ZBx Corporation and the government’s plan for innovation in Economic Action Plan 2012 were highlighted today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, while delivering remarks at the Economic Club of Canada and touring the facilities of ZBx Corporation.

“The Government of Canada is committed to taking innovative ideas into the marketplace where they can generate jobs, growth and prosperity,” said Minister Goodyear. “That’s why we have made new investments to support leading-edge research and international collaboration.”

Increasing business investment in research and development is crucial to Canada’s long-term competitiveness, and programs such as National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC–IRAP) are helping businesses innovate.

An NRC-IRAP funding recipient, ZBx Corporation, founded in 2002, is an established leader in rapid medical diagnostics. ZBx Corporation develops rapid diagnostic platforms using its small-sample, whole-blood testing technology marketed under the trade name ZAP™. ZAP™ rapid tests operate on a simple platform technology requiring a single drop of whole blood from a finger prick with results in 10 to 15 minutes. ZBx Corporation provides its products to the medical, agricultural and veterinary sectors via partnerships around the world. When it began, ZBx Corporation had 2 employees; today, it employs 11 people in Toronto.

Support for science and technology (S&T) has been a government priority since 2006, as exemplified by the introduction of the S&T Strategy in 2007 and the series of initiatives to build an innovative economy that followed. Federal S&T expenditures reached nearly $11.9 billion in 2010–11.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, our government announced that $1.1 billion over five years will go to supporting business innovation and $500 million for venture capital. These investments and actions keep our economy strong, create high-quality jobs and ensure that Canada is a premier destination for the world’s brightest minds.

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The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, highlighted the success of ZBx Corporation, an established company in rapid medical diagnostics.
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The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Dr. Qinwei Shi, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, ZBx Corporation, examine the ZAP™, a diagnostic platform that provides results from a finger prick blood sample.
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The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology; Dr. Qinwei Shi, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer; ZBx Corporation, and Douglas Ball, Chairman and CEO, ZBx Corporation; examine the ZAP™, a diagnostic platform that provides results from a finger prick blood sample.

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