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New lab opens at Vancouver Island Technology Park


Victoria, BC – April 12, 2004 – Genome British Columbia’s University of Victoria Proteomics Centre and MDS Metro Laboratory Services have celebrated the official opening of their new facilities at Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP).

Both facilities are now in full operation, bringing 170 highly skilled technologists, scientists and researchers to 20,000sq ft of laboratory space at VITP.

A year ago, the three parties signed a collaborative agreement to establish the Genome BC/UVic proteomics research facility at VITP and work together to develop and implement new analytical tools for more accurate medical diagnostics and treatments. MDS Metro also announced the relocation of its Victoria analytical facilities to VITP.

"This move and collaboration represents not only significant investment in BC’s economy, but the creation of a nucleus for innovation and biotechnology excellence," said Bob Breen, president and COO of MDS Metro.