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Engineering Physics and McMaster Create a Joint Venture with Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co.October 12, 2016

McMaster launches a joint venture to tackle the most challenging task in water pollution monitoring: online detection of water-borne bacteria

A recently signed technology transfer agreement will see McMaster create a joint venture with Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co. in the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) to transfer McMaster’s novel microfluidic flowcytometer technology to an online water-borne bacteria detection instrument.  This technology has been developed by a team led by McMaster’s Engineering Physics’ professors Chang-Qing Xu and Qiyin Fang, in collaboration with other researchers from McMaster, the National Research Council (Canada), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The signing took place on March 13th, during the visit of an Ontario delegation led by the Hon. Reza Moridi (Minister for Research and Innovation, MRI) of four major Chinese cities (Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, and Shanghai) to discuss pathways of strengthening collaboration in research and technology transfer in strategic areas of mutual interests.

Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co. is based in Nanjing (capital of the province of Jiangsu, population of 80 million and No. 2 in GDP in China) and is one of the largest water quality monitoring instrumentation manufacturers in China ( The company markets a full line of online sensing instruments that can measure contaminants in water and transmit the monitored data remotely to monitoring centres and government agencies. The joint venture will give Delin access not only to McMaster’s novel bacteria detection technology but also to other online sensing and diagnostic technologies developed by the MacWater group ( Delin’s advanced water sampling, processing, and remote communication technologies will allow rapid translation of McMaster’s sensing technologies to Canadian and international markets. Contrary to most of the current Canada-China technology transfer initiatives that lead to further developing Canadian technologies in China, the Delin model, where a Chinese high-tech company sets up an R&D subsidiary in Canada, is a new model that benefits from the strong and comprehensive technology base in the southern Ontario technology corridor and will lead to more jobs and investment in Ontario.

Featured Photo: McMaster-Delin collaboration agreement signing ceremony. From left: Peter Mascher (Associate VP, International Affairs), the Hon. Minister Reza Moridi (Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation), Lingcheng Hong (Chairman and CEO, Delin), and Yong Qi (Deputy District Director of Jiangning District, Nanjing).