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FRED receives Build in Canada funding

Don Horne   


Ottawa has awarded a Calgary company a contract for its portable water contaminant detector.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded a contract valued at $267,467 to FREDsense Technologies, of Calgary, Alberta, for its Field Ready Electrochemical Detector (FRED®), a portable device used to measure contaminants in water. The innovation features an electrochemical biosensor that uses living cells to rapidly identify specific chemicals in water, eliminating the need to ship samples to a laboratory for analysis. This innovation is being tested by PSPC.

“We are excited to be working with the PSPC team to help monitor trace contaminant levels and ensure sustainable reclamation of natural resource sites,” David Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of FREDsense Technologies.

Through its flagship Build in Canada Innovation Program, PSPC connects federal departments that have an operational need with innovative businesses that can fill the gap. Purchasing departments test the innovations in real-life settings and provide feedback, while providing the company with that critical first sale.


“As the single largest purchaser of Canadian goods, our government is proud to support Canada’s next generation of innovators,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “By partnering with homegrown companies, the Build in Canada Innovation Program is helping propel Canadian innovations into the marketplace.”

Since 2010, Build in Canada Innovation Program contracts have helped create 1,684 full-time jobs across the country, generating significant benefits for Canadians. This is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovators, including small and medium-sized businesses, across Canada.

(Public Services and Procurement Canada)


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