About Burcon

Who We Are

Burcon NutraScience Corporation is a global leader in innovative technologies for the large-scale production of high-quality, cost-effective plant-based proteins and ingredients for use in the global food and beverage industries. Building on our unique environmentally friendly and clean-label extraction and purification technologies, the company now boasts an extensive portfolio of innovative composition, application, and process patents. Our proprietary processes are clean and cost-effective, offering nothing less than the highest-quality plant-based proteins increasingly being demanded by consumers worldwide.


Burcon seeks to improve the health and wellness of global consumers through the discovery and development of sustainable, functional and renewable plant-based products for the global food and beverage industries.


Burcon NutraScience Corporation was formed in November 1998 as a venture capital pool corporation whose principal business was to identify and evaluate assets, properties and businesses for acquisition. On October 8, 1999 Burcon acquired BMW Canola Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba (now renamed Burcon NutraScience (MB) Corp.).

Since that time, Burcon has evolved to become a global technology leader and innovator in the development of plant-based proteins.  With over 285 issued patents and more than 250 additional patent applications developed over a span of more than twenty years, Burcon has grown an extensive portfolio of composition, application, and process patents covering novel plant-based proteins derived from pea, canola, soy, hemp, sunflower seed and more.

On May 23, 2019, Burcon established Merit Functional Foods Corporation in a joint venture with three veteran food industry executives.  Merit Foods has built a 94,000 square foot state-of-the-art protein production facility in Manitoba, Canada, where it was producing and selling, under license, Burcon’s best-in-class pea and canola protein ingredients.