Sherbrooke Innopole has announced the first winning projects from its new VITE program, designed to help commercialize Sherbrooke's technological innovations. The VITE – Validation of Technological Innovation under Testing – Program offers Sherbrooke companies with technology projects in development the opportunity to demonstrate their innovation in the field by pairing them with a local sponsor organization. The pilot edition of the program was open to all companies that had a technological innovation to be tested and validated that are working in one of the five key sectors; Clean Technologies, Information Technologies, Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Micro-Nanotechnologies. The selection of the winners was based on several criteria, namely the fact that the projects were to be carried out within the City of Sherbrooke, were at near-ready stage of development, represented a significant innovation, and respected the basic principles of sustainable development. Two winners were selected at the end of the initial call for projects, held last fall. Each selected company was then put in touch with a public, para-public, or institutional sponsor in Sherbrooke in order to initiate and complete the technological validation process, an important step towards commercialization. SPI Bio Inc. operates in the clean technologies sector and its project consists of testing a new device for analyzing legionella contamination, also known as legionnaire’s disease, in industrial cooling systems. The company has been paired with Sherbrooke’s Leopold-Drolet Sports Complex. See full story in the Thursday, April 19th edition of The Record.