Calgary, AB – Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has announced $800,000 in funding, provided over four years, to support a series of 12 multi-group networks for the application of genomics to key economic sectors in Western Canada. The funding builds on project funding of $800,000 for Genome BC announced on March 7 and $800,000 for Genome Prairie (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) announced on March 20 for a total WD investment of $2.4 million.
Genome Alberta will receive $800,000 to lead the development and implementation of four pan-western genomics networks. The four networks are expected to focus on food, health, renewable resources and the environment. The funding will also enable Genome Alberta to participate in eight other networks to be led by Genome British Columbia and Genome Prairie.
The networks, developed and implemented over four years, will involve groups from across Western Canada, including industry, provincial governments, universities, and federal laboratories and agencies. Each network will provide a foundation that will enable western Canadian companies and research organizations to engage in the emerging genomic industry.
The networks will increase collaboration, reduce duplication and are expected to be more successful at leveraging investments from other partners.
“This funding will boost Genome Alberta’s efforts to take genomics research and technology out of the lab and into the lives of Albertans,” said David Bailey, president and CEO of Genome Alberta. “We’re particularly pleased to be able to work with Genome BC and Genome Prairie to make the most of the expertise in the life sciences that has emerged here in the West. Together the three organizations will be able to build strong networks to further our work in key areas around the bioeconomy, natural resources, and health.”