Licensing Opportunities

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a variety of technologies and intellectual property available for commercialization.

Some licensing opportunities are competitive and time-sensitive. We use the Request for Proposals process to identify technologies that are available for a specific time only. Terms may include commercial exclusivity. If a license is not executed from the Request for Proposals, the technology may continue to be available as a generally available technology.

Technologies may also be made available on a non-exclusive basis; such licensing opportunities are included with generally available technologies.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is licensed to post its latest technologies on Flintbox®, an online platform for marketing and licensing the outcomes of research. Most of the technologies listed below are described in greater detail on the Flintbox® page.

Select the title to access the Flintbox® posting, which includes the following information:

  • Full description of the technology, including process and product
  • Patent information, if applicable
  • Potential applications, including market, limitations, third-party rights
  • Business opportunity available
  • Contact Information

Service Standards – Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Bioproducts and bioprocesses (biotechnology)

Altering Carotenoid Profiles in Plants

This technology provides a method of enhancing carotenoid levels in seeds of plants by altering the expression of lycopene epsilon cyclase, (e-CYC), a key enzyme in the carotenoid biosyntheis pathway. This can be accomplished by transgenic means or by mutagenesis. These compounds are useful as anti-oxidants in both the nutraceutical and vegetable oil industries. As well, the B-carotene can be converted to astaxanthin which is used as a supplement in the fish food industry.

Anti-leukemia Plant Extract

Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have discovered an anti-monocytic-leukemia extract that can be produced from down-graded vegetables. The extract can be obtained from harvested plant material that has been rejected for packaging for aesthetic reasons and is normally considered to be a waste product.

Full Length Native Clone Encoding diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase (DGAT) Enzyme in Canola for Altering Seed Oil Content and Oil Quality

Short Description: The isolation and characterization of genes coding for diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase (DGAT) has been achieved in the oilseed plant Brassica napus (canola). DGAT carries out the final and committed step in lipid biosynthesis. The compositions and methods of the DGAT technology are useful in a wide range of industrial, agricultural and nutritional applications.

'Green' Extraction and Separation Technology for Phytochemicals

This invention describes a processing system and methods for extracting multiple classes of phytochemicals from plant materials during a single extraction operation. The extraction method uses water which is selective and clean unlike organic solvents, such as ethanol or acetone, routinely utilized in the industry.

Methods for Concentration and Extraction of Lubricity Compounds and Biologically Active Fractions from Naturally Derived Fats, Oils and Greases

Short Description: A novel method of extracting, recovering and enriching of lubricating compounds and biologically active compounds from plant and animal oils, fat and greases has been developed. This cost effective method will enhance bio-fuel production resulting in compounds with superior lubricity properties that can be used as a diesel fuel additive to meet the new International approved lubricity standard pertaining to the Standard Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils (American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D-975-04b).

Modulation of Plant Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor Activity

Short Description: A method has been developed to modify Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor activity by introducing genes into plants. These genes encode for proteins that are able to interact with Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, counteracting the effects on plant growth and morphology that the Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors would otherwise have had allowing modification of the morphology and architecture of plants.

Modifications of Plant Growth and Development by Cell-Cycle Technology

Short Description: There is an opportunity for an interested party to license the following technology for using Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor genes to modify the growth and development of plants. The technology enables modifications of specific plant tissues and organs, and improvements of plant morphology and architecture.

Protein electro-acidification process

Short Description: Process derived from electrodialysis permitting protein electro-acidification with bipolar membranes.

Crop and livestock production

Ginseng Collection

An extensive collection of ginseng germplasm is available. This is due to the termination of the ginseng program, formerly located in Delhi, Ontario. Most of the material in the collection is adapted to Eastern Canada.

GreenCropTracker - Software for processing digital photos of agricultural crops

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has developed a software tool to assist researchers in processing digital colour photographs for deriving crop structural descriptors such as leaf area index (LAI) and green cover fraction in agricultural fields.

The software can be used to study crop production from experimental plots and fields, to evaluate the impact of climate variation on crops, to derive crop descriptors from remote sensing, to verify crop growth model output, and to interface surface conditions to regional meteorological models.

Sea Buckthorn “K1-East” – Seeking a Licensee – Request for Proposals (time limited)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada seeks to license the sea buckthorn variety tested as K1-East.

Due Date: 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Lacombe Pea Breeding Program – Seeking an Industry Collaborator - Request for Proposals (time limited)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada seeks to collaborate with an industry partner or partners to enhance a field pea cultivar development at Lacombe, Alberta.

Due Date: 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Wednesday November 15, 2017. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Annual Variety Request for Proposals (time limited)

Each year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada makes available to interested proponents, the sole licensing rights to market and produce pedigreed seed for each of the varieties developed through its breeding programs that have received support for registration.

Accelerated Release Program for New Potato Selections

Short Description: New Potato Selections for French Fries, Chips and the Fresh Market

Environmental technologies

Extraction of an Insecticidal Factor from Peas

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has developed a patented process to extract a natural insecticide from commercially produced pea flour, made from common field peas. It is an alternative to synthetic insecticides such as organophosphates that are toxic to humans. AAFC has since obtained Canadian and United States patents for this discovery and is now interested in licensing its patent rights to companies who develop or manufacture insecticides.

Companies interested in this opportunity must send a letter of interest to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on or before October 17, 2014.

Phoma macrostoma - Control of broadleaved weeds in turf, agriculture, and forestry

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has developed a patented bioherbicide to control dandelion and other broadleaved weeds. The bioherbicide received conditional registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency for use as a pre-emergent and a post-emergent on a broad spectrum of broadleaved weeds in established turfgrass, in new seeding of grasses, in field-grown nursery and ornamental plants and trees, and in container-grown ornamentals. AAFC has developed trade-secret protected fermentation and formulation technologies for application and delivery as a commercial product. AAFC is also developing a portfolio of data for future registration of the bioherbicide for use in agriculture.

Companies interested in this opportunity must send a letter of interest to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on or before September 15, 2014

An Off-Ground Cultivation System Based on the Concept of a Selective Root-Formation Interface Improved with the Addition of Microorganisms

The original idea behind the off-ground cultivation system is based on observations of root growth in plants cultivated in all types of horticultural containers. The system uses the concept of a selective root-formation interface that can be improved by the addition of beneficial microorganisms, such as nitrogen-fixing bacteria, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and arbuscular mycorrhizae, to the compost. In addition, this system effectively sequesters atmospheric carbon dioxide and acts as an excellent filter for urban dust, thanks to the large quantity of leaf biomass produced. A single growing unit can sequester an average of 400 g of carbon dioxide per northern summer, in the middle of the city.

Electroflotation process for the conditioning of animal manure

A research team from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), together with a team from the Research and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment (IRDA), has developed a new process for conditioning animal manure. This new process deals well with the problem of excess fertilizing agents while also reducing pathogens and odours. The electroflotation concept was validated with manure from 21 hog farms in Montérégie and Estrie, Quebec, and it included dairy cattle manure. Companies interested in obtaining a license for this technology or carrying out a joint research and development project must contact the IRDA.

Naturally-Occurring, Insecticidal Products from Field Peas

Short Description: Scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have isolated and identified a number of new botanical insecticidal extracts and botanical insecticidal synergists from the flour of yellow field peas and demonstrated enhanced insecticidal activity against pests of stored grains particularly Sitophilus species including the rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae), the rusty grain beetle (Cryptolestes ferrugineus) and the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum).

Process for the Treatment of Pig Manure

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is offering a commercialization opportunity involving the treatment of liquid pig manure using magnesium smelting by-products. By allowing the de-phosphatation of the manure, the process represents a reduction to the environmental impact of farm waste management and offers an advantageous and environmentally acceptable solution for the disposal of residues from the magnesium industry. Moreover, the solid fraction obtained by the process is a slow-release organo-mineral fertilizer.

Companies interested in this opportunity must send a letter of interest to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on or before March 13, 2013.

Food and non-food products and processes

Electrotechnological procedure using electroflotation to separate liquids and solids in the agri-food and agri-environmental sectors

Short Description: The electroflotation process has been developed and adapted for use in the clarification of apple juice. Electrophysical and electrochemical parameters were developed for a process that combines electroflotation and ultrafiltration. The procedure clarifies raw apple juice by controlling the generation of hydrogen micro-bubbles during the electrolysis of water.

Fermentation process for plant products (garlic) stored in oil

Short Description: Controlled fermentation process for traditional plant products, adapted for use with garlic stored in oil through the development of a unique multi-strain starter culture.

HarvestWatch™ - monitoring produce health

Short Description: HarvestWatch is a system used to continuously monitor the health of produce during long-term storage. It allows controlled atmosphere operators to extend the storage life of fruits and vegetables thereby greatly improving the product that is sent to market.

Lowbush Blueberry Moisture Sensor

Short Description: Apparatus that predicts the risk of fungal infection in blueberry fields; sensor functions with algorithm indicating state of infection or risk of infection caused by wetness as captured by moisture sensor.

Multi-strain starter culture for vegetable fermentation

Short Description: A technology developed for sauerkraut-type fermented vegetable applications using a multi-strain lactic starter culture and no preservatives.

Process whereby yeast is added to a starter culture to prevent the growth of undesirable yeasts in fermented vegetables

Short Description: Controlled fermentation process that generates anti-yeast agents that reduce the risk of spoilage of stored vegetables.

Process using chitosan formulations as a microbial agent and inhibitor of micro-organisms causing food spoilage

Short Description: Biological control process employing a mixture of chitosan hydrolysate and organic acids to stabilize processed plant products, including juices.

Process of combining organic acids to stabilize and preserve processed plant products

Short Description: Biological control process employing a mixture of organic acids to stabilize and standardize processed plant products, including the new use of propionic acid as a preservative for vegetable products.

Production of plant proanthocyanidins

Short Description: Process for extracting and purifying proanthocyanidins extracted from the bark of Canadian pine trees.

Production of a natural red food colourant

Short Description: Process for extracting and deodorizing a natural food colorant from red cabbage.

Production of hydrosoluble carotenes from corneform bacteria

Short Description: A novel process for extracting and purifying hydrosoluble carotenes from coryneform bacteria isolated from the surface of Gruyère and Beaufort cheeses is available.

Shelf stable juice beverage concentrate

Short Description: Formulation of a juice beverage concentrate at 65 to 68° Brix for both consumers use and industrial production has been developed. The product sustains high opacity, as well as microbiological and physical stability (absence of phase separation).

Specialized food for the treatment of dysphagia

Short Description: Technology to manufacture some 40 different menus consisting of texture-modified liquid and solid foods for the effective treatment of dysphagia, a serious inability to eat and/or drink frequently associated with malnutrition.

Release of corn inbred lines

Corn inbred lines

Short Description: The Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre in Ottawa is responsible for the release of all corn inbred lines developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Companies wishing to access Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Corn Inbred Lines for testing in North America must obtain a Release and License Agreement. Please contact Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization for more information.

If you wish to obtain more specific information on any individual inbred contact: Dr. Lana Reid, Research Scientist, phone: 613-759-1619, email:

Floral induction method for roses cultivated in vitro

Short Description: A new opportunity exists for the marketing of micro roses thanks to the development of a floral induction method for roses cultivated in vitro. The rose plants obtained by this method can be marketed to flower shops, gift shops and other outlets for subsequent retail sale. Gardeners will be able to acclimatize the roses and then transplant them to their gardens. The new technology provides the possibility of exporting roses year-round, without the plant health constraints encountered in the marketing of conventionally produced roses, because in vitro roses are not grown in soil.

Measurement of muscular steatosis modulating factors in swine

Short Description: A methodology has been developed for measuring various steatosis fat infiltration modulating factors so that carriers of this anomaly among growing swine can be identified.

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