A dynamic and innovative group of Professors, Ph.D scientists and M.D.s interested in finding simple solutions to complex problems by creating and using the next-generation of technologies.
Developing new systems and technology to improve human health, environmental sustainability and boost food production requires an integrated approach using genetics, biochemistry, computer science and engineering.
Some of the platform technologies that we are developing involve agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatic tools to analyze whole genomes from next-generation sequencing, remote sensing and automated greenhouse systems, synthetic biology for the production of highly valuable compounds, and state-of-the-art genome editing.
CANOLA - Abiotic Stress tolerance
We’ve been able to unlock 2 genetic pathways to produce agronomically superior canola with abiotic stress tolerance. No matter what time of the growing season, our canola has it covered.
CANOLA - Seeds
Shatter resistance in canola pods when you are harvesting is vital to increasing profits. It’s at least a billion dollar problem in Canada alone. We’ve found a unique solution.
CANOLA - FROST TOLERANCE
A dip in temperature into the freezing range during the stage of seed maturation can severely affect your canola crop by fixing the chlorophyll in the seed – the “green seed” problem. Ultimately it downgrades the quality of the seed, meaning less revenue. Our technology helps solve this problem by allowing the seed to continue maturing, to develop it’s natural colour.
Siniazo leverages a common technology development pipeline for the early phases of trait development for the agricultural crop markets. This pipeline follows the early phases of the industry standard development process. To date, Sinaizo’s activities and skill-sets have focused on the following phases of development for a seed technology: Discovery (Screening), Phase I (Transformation), and Phase II (Trait Development). With future development we plan to focus on Large Scale Field Testing, Pre-Commercial Registration and Regulatory requirements, and Market Launch through key collaborations.
Landscape / golf
Extreme water-use efficiency. 14 days without water followed by re-watering and the regular varieties are toasted, literally. Ours looks like its’ never even been stressed and is as green as could be. Imagine the savings over a golf course.
A beautiful phenomenon that has always been exclusive to a select number of organisms until very recently. After 3 years of intense R&D we finally got it working in tobacco. Now that all the kinks are worked out, the vision is a ‘rose that glows’, petunia or even grass. Contact us if you’ve got other ideas we can work on!
Imagine being able to produce natural rubber outside of the rubber tree. We’re working in algae, a highly efficient, cost effective and robust system that can be scaled up to virtually any production level.
Used as a key ingredient in >1,000 health-products and cosmetics. (-)-α-bisabolol is naturally synthesized in Candeia tree in Brazil and also in chamomile. We can now produce it abundantly and purely in yeast and E.Coli.
The NEW KING of antioxidants? Astaxanthine has reigned supreme until now. Not only that but we can make more of it in less culture and faster, which mean less resources. Is it time to switch?
These days genome based projects involve big data and analysis requires serious computing power typically not available to the desktop user (e.g. graduate student). We’re trying to change that.
Automated Systems - Vertical Farming
We started out trying to develop an automated system that automated water usage while simultaneously tracking biomass accumulation – useful for accurately quantifying water-use efficiency and selecting out superior varieties of crops. It dawned on us that we could use some of this technology in modern vertical farming systems (still in prototype stages).
Remote sensing and control is key to any successful greenhouse/growing system. Our goal is to develop a superior web-based portable (in development).