Items such as greenhouse pots and Frisbees made from the Solanyl material

Manitoba company thanks MRAC for supporting its project 

Solanyl Biopolymers Inc. was awarded Emerging Life Science Company of the Year – Agri-business by the Life Science Association of Manitoba (LSAM) at its Annual Dinner on October 4, 2010 at the Hotel Fort Garry. 

The Carberry-based company received approximately $76,000 in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s adaptation programming through the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC), for its project titled Development and Lifespan Evaluation of Biodegradable Greenhouse Pots using Solanyl. 

“We are grateful for the support we received from MRAC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other government organizations. Without these programs, it would have been difficult to proceed with the research trials required to bring this new potato-based bioplastic to the North American market,” says Earl McLaren, managing director of Solanyl Biopolymers Inc. “It is exciting to receive this award and the recognition for developing this ag-based technology right here in rural Manitoba.” 

The Emerging Life Science Company of the Year award celebrates a pre-commercialization company based in Manitoba that is recognized for their potential. They will have distinguished themselves from their peers with demonstrated technology innovation and achieved milestones. 

MRAC is pleased to have supported this innovative company and wishes them well in the next phase of commercialization. 

Barry Routledge

“By being a forward structured, pathfinding board, MRAC continues to be the direct link that industry relies on to assist with leading edge product research funding. MRAC, under contract with AAFC funding, strives to partner with project proponents that will make a future impact not only within our industry but also to the wider public,” says Barry Routledge, chair of the MRAC board of directors. “The start of Solanyl Biopolymer’s project was seen to be ahead of the time by combining a waste stream with bioplastic technology to create new products that consumers now demand.” 

Solanyl Biopolymers Inc. was established in 2005 when the founders of the company, Derek and Earl McLaren, had the vision and desire to further process the byproduct streams of local Manitoba food processors. Solanyl manufactures starch-based biodegradable plastic resin called Solanyl BP. To learn more about Solanyl visit

MRAC is a private not-for-profit corporation that distributes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding for innovative and sustainable agricultural projects to advance the agriculture and agri-food industry in Manitoba. To learn more about MRAC visit  

For more information or interviews contact:

Mavis McRae, Marketing Manager
Solanyl Biopolymers Inc.
Phone: 204.834.3500
E-mail: [email protected] 
Teresa Falk, Communications Officer
Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council Inc.
Phone: 204.982.4796
E-mail: [email protected]