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$2.3M funding for nerve repair and regeneration research centre

Calgary, AB – The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) nerve repair and regeneration facility at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine is receiving $2.3 million in funding from the Canada-Alberta Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA), the University of Calgary, and Integra LifeSciences Corporation.

The funding is intended to enable researchers at the institute to access new resources needed to pre-clinically test new nerve regeneration technologies. The ability to perform these tests will play a key role in enhancing the institute’s capacity to efficiently translate discoveries into marketable products.

“Integra is extremely honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute to further explore the potential applications of regenerative medicine in treating the neurosurgical patient,” said William MacDonald, president of Canada Microsurgical, a subsidiary of Integra LifeSciences Corporation. “We look forward to a stimulating and productive partnership with the HBI.”

“At the HBI, we are working towards discoveries that will improve the lives of people suffering from nerve and spinal cord damage,” says Dr Samuel Weiss, the institute’s director. “The investments from government and industry in this new facility will help us develop and commercialize technologies that will lead to new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating neurological conditions.”