Partnerships that drive discovery
At Sanimax, we’re never satisfied with the status quo. Instead, we believe in pushing boundaries and finding better ways to do things — often through innovative partnerships.
Take the example of our recent agreements with the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates. Together, we’re looking for ways to reclaim “specified risk material” (SRM) separated out during the rendering process.
Currently this material is destined for landfill because it may contain prions, the infectious proteins that cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy and other diseases.
Sanimax is funding research at the University of Alberta, the only facility in Canada that has a permit for this research, to make SRM safe through high-temperature processing and then transform it into valuable commodities such as foaming agents, solvents, polymers, and other raw material for various industries.
In return, we’ve received a financial award from Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions to begin commercializing that research, turning laboratory breakthroughs into real-world results. The payoffs: less pressure on landfill, less material going to waste, and greater value for the industry.
Sanimax also supports the University of Alberta’s Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases. This state-of-the-art facility will provide rapid, high-volume prion testing that exists nowhere else in Canada — a service that will benefit producers, processors, and the entire agri-food industry.
Reclaim, renew, return — and partner to produce innovative research. That’s what we call a smart investment.