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Verschuren Centre

Project: Building the biotechnology capacity of the Verschuren Centre

Region: Nova Scotia


  • Positioning the Verschuren Centre as a bioprocessing hub


  • Project is complete


  • Completed in the summer of 2021

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) delivers the Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI) in Nova Scotia. The Agency has provided $750,000 to the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment.

Project Overview

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The Verschuren Centre is located in Sydney, Cape Breton, a community with a long history of coal mining. The Verschuren Centre is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility that provides contracted services to industry and communities in the areas of bioprocessing, marine processing, carbon transformation, bioplastics, energy storage and sustainable resource use.


This project aims to build incremental capacity in bioreactor technologies to increase supply services for new biotech companies at critical stages of pre-commercialization. By giving these companies a place to build on early research, the Centre is helping them move their products to the commercialization stage, thereby creating new jobs and wealth in a high-tech field and diversifying the local economy.

Expected Results

The newly expanded facility with large-scale bioreactors is now home to a growing number of companies and has attracted interest from companies outside of the Atlantic Region. It has effectively created a new bioscience cluster of companies in Cape Breton.