Génome Canada

Génome Canada

February 02, 2011 11:22 ET

Genome Canada Announces New Competition: Entrepreneurship Education in Genomics

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2011) - Genome Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot program called Entrepreneurship Education in Genomics (EEG)

This program aims to support initiatives to educate the Canadian genomics research community with respect to how to create and capture value from their research and translate their discoveries into marketable applications, products, technologies, systems and processes. Following a decade of investment in genomics research, a focus on the translation of research, while maintaining a commitment to supporting cutting-edge science, is the next logical step for Genome Canada to ensure that new knowledge translates into innovations that enhance Canada's prosperity.

"This Request for Applications (RFA) is targeted to less traditional applicants to Genome Canada", said Pierre Meulien, President and CEO of Genome Canada, "We invite Canadian business schools, university departments with a entrepreneurial mandates, non-profit bioscience clusters and industry to combine their different skills and available resources to propose innovative approaches to help Canada harvest the fruits of our investments in genomics research."

One million dollars is available for this competition. Co-funding of 50% will bring the value of this three-year pilot program up to $2 million. At least two applications are expected to be funded. Successful programs will form the basis of a national program.

To read the full RFA go to www.genomecanada.ca.

About Genome Canada

Genome Canada is a not-for-profit corporation that acts as the primary funding and information resource relating to genomics in Canada. Its main objective is to position Canada as a world leader in genomics research. Dedicated to developing and implementing a national strategy in genomics research for the benefit of all Canadians, it has received $915 million in funding from the Government of Canada since 2000 to which has been added close to $1.0 billion in partnered co-funding and interest earnings.

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