Innovative high-growth Burnaby businesses to receive Government of Canada support

May 31, 2022 at 1:43 pm  Federal, Politics

The Honourable Harjit S.Sajjan announces funding of over $11.1 million to four companies in the life sciences, clean technology, and digital technology sectors

May 31, 2022 – Burnaby, British Columbia – Pacific Economic Development Canada

British Columbia’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are critical to their communities – they create jobs, drive economic growth, and develop products and services that help solve local and global challenges.

The Government of Canada believes in these companies.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $11.1 million in funding for four innovative companies in the life sciences, clean technology and digital technology sectors.

Minister Sajjan made the announcement at Burnaby-based Kardium Inc., a leading

life sciences company. In 2021, Kardium was named medical technology company of the year by Life Sciences BC.

The Minister’s announcement included Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) funding of $5 million for Kardium. This funding will help Kardium increase manufacturing capacity at its Burnaby facility to support worldwide sales of its Globe system. The Globe system is a medical device for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder. It is anticipated that this investment will result in increased sales, revenue and the creation of 350 new jobs.

Minister Sajjan also announced support to three other companies.

HTEC will also receive $5 million in BSP funding. HTEC designs, builds and operates hydrogen fuel supply solutions to support the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The company currently has 17 stations at various stages of operations, development and planning in B.C., Alberta, Quebec, and California.

With the funding, the company plans to build a green hydrogen production plant in Burnaby, BC. This plant will be able to produce 1000 kg of hydrogen a day, which will help support its current fueling stations and add additional ones. This investment will spur revenue growth and is anticipated to create 10 direct and additional indirect jobs.

Kobalt Security Inc. is also receiving $530,025 through the BSP program. Kobalt provides cyber security programs for SMEs. With this funding, Kobalt will engage in an ambitious expansion of its services into the US and other English-speaking countries. The company expects this expansion to create 60 new jobs.

Symvivo Corporation will receive $650,000 in BSP support. Symvivo is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that has developed a bacterial gene delivery platform that uses engineered live bacteria to deliver genetic material into disease sites.

With the BSP funding, the company will purchase and install new equipment, acquire laboratory materials and hire additional staff to expand in-house bio-manufacturing capacity at its current facility in Burnaby. This investment will boost revenue and create 20 new jobs.

Promoting innovation is a priority for PacifiCan. These investments will generate jobs and growth in the life sciences and digital technology sectors.

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