Nordion, C-Com, Optelian and SKILLSdox are among the local companies announcing new agreements.
Nordion (TSX:NDN), an Ottawa-based supplier of radioactive isotopes used in medical settings, has signed a two-year deal to sell strontium-82 isotopes to Bracco Diagnostics. The isotope will be processed and then used in diagnostic tests for coronary artery disease.
Ottawa’s C-COM Satellite Systems (TSXV:CMI) has had one of its satellite antennas approved for use with an enterprise communication system in the United States operated by California-based ViaSat. “C-COM has been working very closely with ViaSat to ensure that our new auto-acquiring flyaway antenna is fully compatible with the Exede enterprise service,” said Bilal Awada, C-COM’s chief technology officer, in a press release. The antenna is designed for use by news broadcasters and first responders.
Optelian, an Ottawa-based manufacturer of optical networking systems, has signed a deal with Scotland’s Compound Semiconductor Technologies. The deal will see the Scottish firm manufacture grown gallium arsenide wafers, an alternative to silicon used for optical circuitry, for Optelian’s Versawave division. The move will allow the company to increase its production of Versawave products. Optelian has also consolidated its Versawave operations at its Ottawa facility. "Moving R&D and Operations under the same roof will not only make us more efficient, but also more agile," said Simon Benwell, director of advanced optical components at Optelian's Versawave division, in a press release. Versawave, formerly of Vancouver, was acquired by Optelian in early 2012.
Ottawa-based online education company SKILLSdox is continuing to expand its presence in India. The company has signed a two-year partnership agreement with California-based Vubiz Ltd. (Virtual University for Business) that will see the two companies deliver educational content to small- and medium-sized businesses in India. The company has also formed a partnership with the Association of International Wealth Management of India to create an online training program for the Certified Credit Research Analysts Certificate.