Government of Canada and Advitech Inc. invest over $1 million to study potential anti-inflammatory health benefits in milk

QUEBEC CITY, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre,
Minister of Transport and Political Lieutenant for Quebec, on behalf of the
Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for
Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), announced the federal
government is granting over $600,000 to support a new collaborative research
and development program on potential anti-inflammatory health benefits in
cow's milk.

The new program, which will study growth hormones in cow's milk that may
have anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat chronic
inflammatory diseases, will be based at Université Laval.

The federal government will contribute $610,000 over three years through
NSERC's Collaborative Research and Development program. Industry partner
Advitech Inc. will contribute $305,000, and will provide substantial resources
in the form of goods and services to support the program's research

"The Government of Canada believes that the primary route to
competitiveness for Canadian companies is through research and development,"
said Minister Emerson. "Working with universities and the private sector, we
will continue to do our part to promote new research and new technologies. The
development of value-added dairy products will yield economic spin-off
benefits for the small companies that are the driving force behind the
Canadian economy, and ultimately increase the quality of life for Canadians,
and people around the world."

"The federal government's contribution to the partnership between
Université Laval and Advitech Inc. will help the Québec city area to reap the
harvest of its investment in research," said Minister Lapierre. "By
transforming ideas into new technologies, products and services, this
partnership will provide tangible benefits to Canada's dairy and nutraceutical

"We are devising new strategies to extract growth factors in cow's milk
and assess their effects in animals. Our ultimate objective is to develop
natural health products that target chronic inflammatory diseases such as
Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and arthritis," said project director Dr.
Sylvie Gauthier.

"Professor Gauthier has assembled a team of top-quality researchers whose
highly complementary areas of expertise will enable them to quickly acquire
new knowledge about the biological activities in the components of cow's
milk," said NSERC President, Dr. Tom Brzustowski. "In addition, this program
will give the participating students at Université Laval a remarkable
opportunity to conduct research and to develop their own expertise in a highly
innovative field."

Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) is a key federal agency
investing in people, discovery and innovation. It supports both basic
university research through research grants and project research through
partnerships among post-secondary institutions, government and the private
sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.

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