BioScience Applied Research Centre

BioScience Applied Research Centre

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic BioScience Applied Research Centre (BARC) builds on the strengths of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic BioScience Technology programcomplementing its academic reputation at the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredited bioscience technologist level.

BARC offers state-of-the-art applied research expertise and infrastructure to industry in support of process, product and business innovation. It is home to a team of instructors and research personnel whose strengths include:

  • Agricultural Bioscience
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology 

BARC facilities offer:

  • Analytical instrumentation facilities,including GC-MS (Triple Quad), ICP-MS (Triple Quad), Ion Chromatography, HPLC, Capillary Electrophoresis and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Capacity for library construction, PCR, qPCR, image analysis and enzyme kinetics
  • Capacity for plant tissue culture, including laminar flow hoods, media preparation areas, tissue culture cabinets, biofermentor and plant growth facilities
  • Cell culture facilities, including bio-safety cabinets, incubators and cryopreservation
  • Cutting-edge equipment for molecular biology, including isolation, quantization and analysis of DNA, RNA and protein
  • Research analysis and documentation, including equipment for image analysis, data integration software and electronic laboratory notebook documentation
  • Microbiology capacity, including a Level 2 laboratory facility with media preparation and sterilization area, fermenters, microscopy and incubators

Saskatchewan Polytechnic facilities follow high standards of waste handling and material disposal, ensuring the health and safety of personnel and laboratories.

In addition, Saskatchewan Polytechnic guarantees appropriate research management services, ensuring an industry-focused engagement process:

  • Business and market intelligence
  • Industry-oriented intellectual property policy
  • Non-disclosure and strict confidentiality of partner information Project management and technology transfer support
  • Research ethics and integrity oversight