Vancouver,(British Colombia, Canada), Aug.9 (ANI): At a formal ceremony yesterday morning in Vancouver, Canada's TRIUMF laboratory and India's Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) laboratory inked a new partnership agreement valued at 10.4 million dollars that will advance isotopes for science and medicine in both countries.
In Canada, the ARIEL facility (led by the University of Victoria) will get a boost from the shared resources and talent, and in India, the new ANURIB facility will move forward in parallel.
Nigel S. Lockyer, director of TRIUMF, said, "The Pacific may seem like a big ocean, but for TRIUMF, India is just around the corner. This second major new agreement builds on the alignment between our two laboratories and our two countries about what is important and how to make a better future for our people: next-generation accelerators, new isotopes, and global cooperation are all part of the solution."
He added, "I am delighted to have seen how this collaboration has grown over the last several years. I am honoured to be working with some of India's top scientists and one of their most advanced laboratories, VECC."
With support from the federal government through its five-year contribution agreement via the National Research Council of Canada, TRIUMF will be working with VECC on the design, construction, and testing of isotope-production systems for the ARIEL and ANURIB facilities at each corresponding lab. ARIEL is Canada's new flagship facility for research and development of isotopes. With support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the BC Knowledge Development Fund, the heart of the facility is a new
superconducting electron linear accelerator---the technology of choice in India's ANURIB facility as well.
Civil construction of the ARIEL facilities is nearing completion and TRIUMF and VECC are now working on the accelerator and target components. Dinesh Srivastava, director of VECC, said, "Today is a great day for all of us. Working together brings out the best in all of us and these two projects will provide discoveries, technologies, and jobs that are
important for our countries. I am delighted to be working with my friends in Canada at TRIUMF, a world-leading laboratory in isotopes and accelerators."
The agreement involves the two laboratories and a number of Canadian companies. Richmond's PAVAC Industries, Inc. will be manufacturing the high-tech cryomodules using technology transferred from TRIUMF through AAPS, Inc., TRIUMF's non-profit commercialization partner.
TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and has emerged as a global leader in advancing isotopes for science and medicine; the laboratory produces exotic isotopes for studying the stars, probing materials, and tracking the progress of disease in the human body. Similar to TRIUMF by virtue of operating a major cyclotron, the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in Kolkata is a national laboratory of the Department of Atomic Energy dedicated to frontier research and development in the fields of accelerator science and technology, particle and nuclear physics, materials science, medicine, and computer science and technology.
"This agreement is distinguished by how it incorporates science, technology, and innovation to address important issues such as health, economic development and trade," said the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, noting that Government of Canada officials assisted in approvals. "Canada is committed to global excellence through strategic partnerships and this is a great example. My congratulations to both laboratories."
The Honourable Teresa Wat, British Columbia's Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, said, "On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate TRIUMF and India's VECC laboratory on this milestone agreement to work together as they make new discoveries and create jobs. British Columbia has expanded its trade and investment network in India and our representatives there have played an active role in connecting TRIUMF and B.C. businesses with new research and development partners." (ANI)