Driving regional economic development with Cleantech Commons
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Trent University’s Cleantech Commons, in partnership with the City of Peterborough, brings together students, local businesses and researchers in the manufacturing and clean technology sectors. The innovation park provides opportunities for hands-on learning and employment for Trent University students, fosters entrepreneurship and attracts new businesses to Peterborough, driving regional economic development.

The park focuses on key areas in clean technology, advanced material sciences, biotechnology, agri-food and agri-business.

One of the first tenants at Cleantech Commons is Noblegen Inc., a Trent University student-created start-up, is finding an alternative source for omega oils – typically extracted from fish, a depleting resource. The fast-expanding biotechnology company is exceeding growth expectations with 60 employees, 21 of them are Trent graduates. Noblegen also partners with local business to help the local community and contribute to advances in the biotech industry.

For more information, visit Cleantech Commons.

“We see the research park as something that is going to invigorate the education at Trent by making experiential learning possible. We think the research park will also advance green technologies in a way that helps build the reputation of this region.”
Leo Groarke, President of Trent University
Trent University Cleantech Commons

The new Trent University Cleantech Commons offers the potential to not only commercialize the environmental research strengths of the university, but to also create opportunities for co-op placements and employment for Trent students and graduates.

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