Vancouver, BC – Genomics research in BC is receiving a boost in the form of $800,000 in federal funding over four years. The funding will be used to create a series of 12 networks through Genome BC for the application of genomics to key economic sectors in Western Canada.
Genome British Columbia will receive $800,000 for the development and implementation of four pan-western genomics networks. The four networks are expected to focus on applications in human health, natural resources and the environment. The funding will also allow Genome BC’s participation in the networks to be led by Genome Prairie and Genome Alberta.
The networks, developed and implemented over four years, will involve industry, provincial governments, universities, and federal laboratories and agencies. Each network will provide a foundation that will enable companies and research organizations to engage in the emerging genomic industry.
The networks, which will support increased collaboration, will reduce duplication and are expected to be more successful at leveraging investments from other partners.
“We are delighted to be working strategically with all of our partners to strengthen the capacity for commercialization in Western Canada’s life science sector. As an organization already working with both discovery and applications-driven research programs funded at over $300 million, we are pleased to be part of this initiative that will benefit all Canadians,” said Dr David Dolphin, OC, chair, Genome British Columbia.