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Posted: October 19, 2007

Showcasing Canada's Scientific and Entrepreneurial Strength in the Development of Low-power Microsystems for Life Sciences, Aerospace, Environment, Energy and Information and Communications Technologies

(Nanowerk News) Implantable medical devices powered by tiny fuel cells that use the glucose in human blood to generate electricity for blood pressure monitoring and drug delivery...a microchip, the size of a dime, that releases 10 times more energy than the best rechargeable battery on the market...breakthrough solar cell technology that enables more efficient and cost-effective operation of satellites. The Canadian scientists and entrepreneurs who are developing these and other exciting micro- and nanotechnology innovations are among the experts headlining the CMC Microsystems Annual Symposium on October 18, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Media are invited to attend this annual R&D event which focuses on research frontiers in next-generation microsystems. It will emphasize how cost-effective, high-performance and low-power systems have the potential to enhance our interaction with each other and the world around us, increase our productivity, and improve our safety and sense of well-being.
Many innovations are emerging at the forefront of micro- and nanotechnology with potential application across all sectors of the economy-from life sciences to aerospace, the environment, energy, and information and communications technologies. To advance research and development in these areas, scientists must consider many complex technological requirements-including innovative approaches to energy management.
Dr. Ian McWalter, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems, elaborates on the importance of energy consumption and management in this field of R&D: "Technological advances in energy scavenging, energy storage and ultra-low power components are essential to unleashing the potential of micro- and nano-scale technologies for many potential applications, including implantable diagnostic or therapeutic devices for disease detection, diagnosis and treatment, and remote sensor networks for monitoring harsh environmental conditions."
The technical program of the symposium will feature leading researchers and entrepreneurs from across Canada and around the world.
Siva Angappan, CEO of Sweet Power Inc. is among the speakers. He heads the start-up company, based in Victoria BC, that is developing glucose fuel cells that will power the next generation of implantable medical devices. Dr. Luc Fréchette, another featured speaker. As Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Power Systems at the University of Sherbrooke, he is developing miniature fuel cells and turbines that are linked to a miniature fuel tank - all on a microchip the size of a dime - to create a power source that will generate 10 times more energy than the best rechargeable batteries on the market today.
Other speakers include:
  • Dr. Jie Chen, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta; and Research Scientist, National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) of the National Research Council Canada, (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Dr. Simon Fafard, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, Cyrium Technologies (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Dan Gale, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, CMC Microsystems (Kingston, Ontario)
  • Dr. Ganesh Kathiresan, Key Account Manager, Toumaz Technology (Abingdon, United Kingdom)
  • Brian Matas, Vice President, Market Research, IC Insights (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • Date: Thursday, October 18, 2007
    Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon St., Ottawa, Ontario
    Phone: 1.613.237.3600
    Time: 8AM-9PM
    About CMC Microsystems
    CMC Microsystems builds partnerships among government, industry and universities to enable and accelerate Canada's global competitiveness in microsystems. As Canada's leader in the provision of national infrastructure for microsystems research and technology development in universities, CMC provides leading-edge tools and technologies for world-class research leading to innovation and the commercialization of microsystems. CMC's membership includes 42 universities, one college, and 27 industrial organizations. More information is available at www.cmc.ca
    Source: CMC Microsystems