Bioprocessing Pilot Plant (BPP)

Address
6th Floor Agriculture Building

About

The BPP is a research facility within the College of Agriculture and Bioresources equipped with state-of-the-art pilot scale tools designed to isolate, recover, and purify high-value constituents from various plants and crops. The unique equipment in the BPP enables U of S faculty and graduate students to conduct specialized teaching and research in areas including the design of new drugs and vaccines, food and bioproducts, and human and animal health, among others. It is available for all colleges across campus and industry partners under a recovery-service fee model.

Equipment and Services

We offer a wide range of equipment and services to support research and development through traditional and innovative bioprocessing techniques. The BPP houses a variety of systems for drying, extraction, distillation, filtration, and refrigeration, among others. Additionally, the BPP has access, for their advice and input, to a large network of internationally recognized experts conducting research at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Access

The BPP is available for all colleges across campus and industry partners interested in conducting research work within the facility. Before any user is allowed to commence work in the BPP, certificates of Employee Orientation, Laboratory Safety, and WHIMS must be provided, and a 'Work Request Form' must be submitted for approval to the BPP coordinator.

BPP Work Request Form

Rate Schedule (September 2022 - August 2023)

The BPP operates under a recovery-service fee model to be able to provide a research facility at accessible costs. The following rates are charged per hour of use, and they are subjected to change without notice.

BPP Fee Schedule (September 2022 - August 2023) 

 

Equipment

AgBio

USask

External

Workspace * $10.00 $10.00 $100.00
Freeze Dryer 12 L $3.00 $3.75 $6.00
Rotary Evaporator 20 L $30.00 $37.50 $60.00
Spray Dryer $30.00 $37.50 $60.00
Vacuum Oven  $6.00 $7.50 $12.00
Disc Mill  $3.00 $3.75 $6.00
Drum Dryer $45.00 $56.25 $90.00
Oil Expeller  $10.00 $12.50 $20.00
Forced Air Oven $2.00 $2.50 $4.00
High-pressure Reactors 20 L $50.00 $62.50 $100.00
Karr Column $15.00 $18.75 $30.00
Thin Film Evaporator $125.00 $156.25 $250.00
Spinning Band Separator $22.50 $28.00 $45.00
Vibratory Screener Separator $13.00 $16.25 $26.00
Oil Filter $50.00 $62.50 $100.00
Air Cleaner $15.00 $18.75 $30.00
Fluidized Bed Dryer $5.00 $6.25 $10.00

 *The workspace fee is a daily charge rate for the use of workbench space, fume hood, cleaning supplies, and select PPE. Workbench space and fume-hood time are subject to availability.