TRIUMF Innovations has successfully launched five of TRIUMF’s companies into the market.
ARTMS Products Inc.
Winner of the 2017 BC Tech Association Technology Impact Award for “Most Promising pre-Commercial Technology”, ARTMS is a leader in the development of novel technologies and products which enable the production of the world’s most-used diagnostic imaging isotope, technetium‐99m (Tc-99m). Tc-99m is used in over 80% of all nuclear medicine imaging procedures and is vital to patient care in areas such as cardiology, oncology and neurology. Typically sourced from an aging global reactor fleet, Tc-99m has been subject to significant supply disruptions in recent years.
CRM GeoTomography Technologies Inc.
CRM GeoTomography Technologies helps exploration geologists reduce cost and waste by providing new 3D insights into dense ore bodies using its field-proven muon detectors, tomographic imaging and integration with other geological data. CRM is currently focused on near-mine exploration for life extension of underground base- and multi-metal mine. It develops advanced muon geotomography technology, new applications and integrated geophysical solutions in collaboration with industry government, academic and non-government organizations.
Frontier Sonde Inc.
Frontier Sonde is a provider of neutron imaging for enhanced oil and gas recovery. It leverages the nuclear and particle physics experts, material science teams, detector excellence and advanced readout technologies in a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approved complex. At Frontier, our engineers develop novel technology to advance oil and gas surveying to meet industries global demands. Frontier's petro-physicist team also provides advanced data interpretation by implementing leading-edge software.
Micromatter Technologies Inc.
In 2009, TRIUMF Innovations Inc. (as Advanced Applied Physics Solutions) acquired the assets of Micromatter Technologies, which specializes in thin film deposition technologies. Micromatter was originally founded in 1968 to manufacture thin carbon foils for the scientific community. Over the years, the business has expanded to include accelerator target foils and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) calibration standards.
In 2015, Micromatter was spun off from TRIUMF Innovations and became a separate incorporated company. Micromatter’s unique vapor deposition methods and established capabilities in diamond-like carbon synthesis create technical synergies that will accelerate research and development objectives in several key areas.
Developers of a patented system to reduce X-ray radiation exposure to both patients and medical staff during minimally-invasive surgery, IKOMED is a Burnaby, BC-based startup with 10 employees. Decreased radiation exposure during minimally invasive procedures maintains the health of patients and medical staff. In turn, IKOMED’s technology supports the development of more complex and lengthy fluoroscopy-guided minimally invasive procedures that otherwise would result in extremely high doses of radiation. As governmental agencies call for more careful consideration of medical imaging radiation, IKOMED’s technology is being developed to respond to this particular need. IKOMED is also developing a non-invasive treatment for COPD.
Irradiation testing services
Over two decades ago, TRIUMF began development of beam lines that provide low intensity energetic proton and neutron beams that simulate radiation exposures in both space and terrestrial environments.
Even at low intensity, several minutes of exposure in these beams can simulate years of operation in space, air, or ground so that accelerated testing of electronics can be carried out.
Leveraging this discovery, TRIUMF created Proton Irradiation and neutron Irradaition PIF & NIF – a premier test site for space-radiation effects using protons and, with the capability of using these protons to produce a neutron-energy spectrum similar to that found at aircraft altitudes and at ground level, testing with neutrons is also possible. A large fraction of the proton users are Canadian space-related companies such as MDA Corporation, while neutron use is primarily by international companies for avionics, microelectronics and communications equipment, such as The Boeing Company or Cisco Systems, Inc.