Technology & Science

Ontario agency backs inventors with $100,000


Supports lab-extraction system, noise reduction for choppers, windmills

An Ontario agency has given two inventors $100,000 each to help bring their projects to market.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) said Monday that Ameer Taha, co-founder of Certo Labs Inc., and Smart Rotor Systems founder Kostyantyn Khomutov were co-winners of a fellowship for technological entrepreneurship.

Taha's Certo-Ex is an automated instrument that allows users to simply, quickly and cheaply take lab samples and break them down.

"By allowing scientists to work with multiple samples at once, in a fraction of the time now required, it's estimated the Certo-Ex could reduce lab costs by as much as 90 per cent," OCE said in a news release.

Khomutov's system is a unique technology that can control vibration and noise produced by wind turbines and helicopter rotors, cutting noise pollution and maintenance costs.

The noise from wind farms irritates some people, but the system means turbines could be located closer to population centres, OCE said.

Taha and Khomutov won the 2008 Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship, intended to help turn OCE-funded university-based research into companies.

A panel picked the winners based on the technology, commercial viability and business planning.

Martin Walmsley was instrumental in founding OCE in 1987.