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2019 was a year filled with learnings, opportunities and developments. As we flip the page into 2020, and venture into a new quarter, our goal at Dispersa is to progress towards the commercialization of our technology. My focus this year is to dedicate our efforts on product development and fostering business partnerships. This includes: advancing the development of our surfactant technology, securing industrial pilot projects, and preparing for scale-up production.
We are very excited to be continuing our use-case testing with a large commercial cleaning products company, which will lead into a pilot project. Through this partnership, we are working to integrate our biosurfactant ingredients to help our partner create a more sustainable line of cleaning products. In parallel, we have started a $250,000 biological oil spill treating agent development with our federal partner, CanmetENERGY, in Devon, Alberta. Thanks to the amazing support we are receiving through the Women in Cleantech Challenge, we are accessing the federal lab contributions to progress our technology in the oil and gas remediation sector.
Taking a look at a snapshot of 2020 so far: our Dispersa team has expanded to seven, and we will be welcoming our first university co-op student. We have been awarded a $40,000 grant by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, which is intended for business development support. As well, we are honoured to be selected as finalists for the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval’sDunamis award under the new enterprise and young entrepreneur categories.
I am both humbled and grateful for the support we have received so far — seeing others believing in us and our vision to create a more sustainable future.