Technology Access Centre in Bio-Innovation (TAC-B)

La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Development or improvement of products or processes in the field of white (industrial), green (seeds, plants and agri-food), and red (bio-pharmaceutical) biotechnology

Areas of expertise

Access to scientific and technical personnel and high-level equipment for businesses and research institutes. The centre is comprised of a team with vast expertise in biophysics, bioprocesses, biotechnology, analytical chemistry and genetic engineering. We collaborate with businesses and institutions by offering concrete solutions to specific needs and problems. We also use our expertise to support training, innovation and development to commercialize processes and products. 

Research services
  • Chemical and biochemical analyses
  • Cell and microbial culture
  • Genetic engineering and bioinformatics
  • Engineering and recombinant protein production
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized Lab



Chemical element analysis

Kjeltec digester and distiller (N) — (FOSS (Kjeltec 8000))

Quantification of nitrogen in liquid and solid samples


Dumas Combustion (C,N,S) — (LECO (TruSpec CN, TruSpec S))

Quantification of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur in solid samples

Particle analysis

Multisizer Z4 (openings of 20, 30, 50, 100 and 2,000 μm) — (Beckman Coulter (Multisizer 4))

Particle sizing and quantification

Nutritional analysis

Fiber analyzer — (Ankom (A-200))

Intestinal transit simulator


Soxhlet extractor — (Foss (Soxtec 2045))

Fat extraction


Environmental chambers — (JeiTech (TH-ME))

Temperature and humidity control (20-90% HR) for life tests


Water activity measurement — (Neutec (Lab

Measurement of water activity in different types of samples

Analytical chemistry

Mass spectrometer — (MS AB Sciex (3200 Q Trap))

Separation, identification and quantification of soluble molecules


HPLC-MS — (LC Shimadzu (LC-20AD, DGU-20A3R, SIL-20ACHT)

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules


HPLC-UV/VIS — (Varian (920-LC))

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules


Ion chromatography — (Thermo Scientific (Dionex lCS-5000 DC, Dionex lCS-5000 SP Dionex AS-AP))

Separation and identification of charged molecules and ions (amino acids)


Atomic absorption spectrometer — (Varian (AA240))

Quantification of chemical elements


GC-MS (VOC direct injection)

GC-FID — (Agilent (6890N/5975C))

Separation, identification and quantification of volatile compounds (fatty acids, hydrocarbons, alcohol)


Capillary electrophoresis — (Agilent (7890A))

Separation and quantification of soluble molecules


Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) — (Agilent (HP 3D CE))

Detection of phase transitions


FT-NIR spectrometer — (PerkinElmer (JADE))

Non-destructive analysis of different nutritional  parameters (calibration curve required)


 TANGO spectrometer


Tissue culture

Laminar flow hoods

Sterile environment


CO2 incubator

Tissue culture


Fluorescence microscope (OLYMPUS BX53F) 

Visualization of fluorescent material


Growth chamber (VWR) 

Controlled environment for tissue and plant culture

  • Agrinova
  • deltaDNA inc.
  • Cell Reserve inc.
  • RD Legault Seeds inc.
  • Agrisoma Biosciences inc.
  • Pommes de Terre Laurentionnes inc.
  • Artenga
  • Siniazo Biotech



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