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:: BacTech Partners with University of Toronto Researchers to Advance its Bioleaching Technology

BacTech Mining Corporation has announced that it has begun working with University of Toronto researchers, Dr. Grant Ferris and Dr. Chris Kennedy. Dr. Ferris, a Professor in the University's Department of Geology, is also the Director of the Microbial Geochemistry Laboratory ("MGL"), with over 25 years of experience investigating the interaction of metals and bacteria. Dr. Kennedy, also a member of MGL, has 10 years' experience investigating microbial-metal interactions ranging from modern day volcanogenic massive sulphide and iron oxide deposits, to nuclear waste geological repositories, and also has experience in mining corporate finance.

Dr. Kennedy will be consulting with BacTech's Vice President of Technology and Engineering, Dr. Paul Miller, to further develop BacTech's bioleaching technology. The analytical facilities in the MGL and the Department of Geology are uniquely suited for bioleaching test work, and the partnership created here will assist BacTech in developing site specific solutions for the processing of difficult to treat ore and tailings in an environmentally responsible and economically beneficial manner. Dr. Miller stated, "This is a great step forward in enabling BacTech to progress our technology, as well as adding a greater capability when assessing environmental remediation projects such as at Cobalt, Ontario."




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