Quebec City, May 22, 2014 – The National Optics Institute (INO) announced today that it received the Celestica Award for Technology Commercialization from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), the largest high-tech association in Canada, at the 29th Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala on May 21 at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Technology transfer and marketing of innovations
The Celestica Award recognizes the efforts of technology companies whose products have been commercialized through the use of advanced manufacturing and innovative electronics. Over the past 25 years, INO’s innovations have resulted in the creation of 29 companies, which are still going strong today. The success of these startups is based not only on the technology developed, but also on how it is transferred to the industry and then marketed as products. This award recognizes INO’s efforts and know-how in this area.
"Our Award winners and finalists have each demonstrated significant leadership as role models for the development of commercially successful enterprises in Canada. CATA is proud to act as an advocate for them, to share their stories, and to provide a platform of programs and services to assist in fostering their growth," says John Reid, President and CEO, CATAAlliance.
“We are very proud to receive this award, which recognizes INO’s commitment to high-tech creation in Canada,” said Jean-Yves Roy, President and CEO of INO. “I would like to recognize the ongoing efforts of our team of nearly 200 researchers and support staff who, through their hard work and passion for the technologies of light, are the ones driving our national success. This honor belongs mainly to them,” he added.
A leading technology designer and developer, INO is the largest center for industrial optics and photonics expertise in Canada. The leader in its field internationally, INO has so far completed over 5,000 custom R&D solution contracts for Quebec and Canadian companies working in a variety of fields. It has also performed 54 technology transfers and contributed to the creation of 29 new companies - all still in business- tht employ over 1,000 people. INO has 200 employees, more than 80@ of whom are scientists involved in research.
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is the largest high-tech association in Canada. CATAAlliance matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector, so that we can all do business together. Reaching out from Canada, CATAAlliance members are connected with investment and partnership opportunities with the major global companies. As 80% are exporters, CATA’s members are the arrow-head for global growth.