NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Alberta, the genomics-focused arm of the Life Sciences Initiative Alberta, will receive a CDN$800,000 ($793,000) grant from the Canadian government’s Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Genome Alberta will use the money over four years to develop and implement four pan-western genomics networks that will focus on research into food, health, renewable resources, and the environment.
Genome Alberta also will use the funds to participate in a larger effort involving eight other networks led by Genome British Columbia and Genome Prairie, both of which received CDN$800,000 from the WEDC in March of this year.
“This funding will boost Genome Alberta’s efforts to take genomics research and technology out of the lab and into the lives of Albertans,” Genome Alberta CEO David Bailey said in a statement. “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.”