Génome Canada

Génome Canada

May 05, 2008 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces $9.37 Million Investment in 13 Technology Development Projects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism), on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, and Dr. Martin Godbout, President and CEO of Genome Canada, today announced $9.37 million in funding for the winners of the Genome Canada Technology Development Competition.

The competition attracted 51 proposals for technology development projects from scientists across Canada. The 13 winning projects are led by 19 scientists and researchers from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec who will use the funding they receive to continue developing new technologies applicable to genomics and proteomics. The winners also secured an additional $9.63 million in co-funding from Canadian and international partners.

"The Technology Development Competition is an excellent example of the Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy at work," said Secretary of State Ablonczy. "Our government recognizes that the advanced discoveries and ideas flowing from S&T are increasingly critical to economic competitiveness and contribute to a high quality of life for all Canadians."

The winners put forward ideas for a wide variety of projects that could deliver new technologies having far-reaching impact in the field of genomics and proteomics, including cancer research, drug development and design, and cell discovery.

"This competition is a part of Genome Canada's mandate to fund a wide range of large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects through a competitive process," said Dr. Martin Godbout, President and CEO of Genome Canada. "We are proud of the process and the results. With the additional investment allocated to Genome Canada in Budget 2008, we will be able to ensure that more cutting-edge genomics projects will receive the funding they need so that Canada will maintain its leading position in this field."

"We reinforced our commitment to S&T in Budget 2008 by allocating an additional $654 million over the next three years to secure Canada's leadership in the global marketplace through research and innovation," added Secretary of State Ablonczy. "This includes a $140 million investment for Genome Canada to enhance its support for world-leading genomics research in Canada."

The scientists will begin work on their two-year projects this spring in Canadian research institutions.

Genome Canada is a private, non-profit corporation, and the primary funding and information resource relating to genomics and proteomics research in Canada. Its principal goal is to position Canada among the world leaders in genomics and proteomics research. Its mandate is to develop and implement a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research for the benefit of all Canadians in key selected area such as agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry, animal and human health, and new technology. For this purpose, it has received $840 million in funding from the Canadian government and co-funding from other partners over seven years, allowing it to invest a total of $1.6 billion in 131 innovative research projects and technology platforms. To learn more about Genome Canada, please visit our Web site at www.genomecanada.ca

A complete list of winning projects and project leaders may be found at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/genome_eng.pdf.

Contact Information

  • Genome Canada
    Claudine Renauld
    Communications and Public Affairs
    613-751-4460 ext. 129
    Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
    Minister of Industry
    Deirdra McCracken
    Press Secretary