NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian government’s Western Economic Diversification division is making a four-year, CAN$800,000 ($805,000) investment in the province of British Columbia’s Genome BC. The funding is intended to support multi-stakeholder, Western Canadian genomics networks.
With the new funding, Genome BC expects to create its own set of genomics networks — encompassing industry, provincial governments, universities, federal laboratories, and other research agencies — and to participate in other Western Canadian genomics networks led by Genome Prairie and Genome Alberta.
These networks, which are expected to have implications for everything from human health to natural resources and the environment, are intended to promote collaboration, decrease research duplication, and help the genomics community secure investments from other partners.
“For the first time, genome organizations across the West will have a platform to collaborate with western companies and research organizations on market-driven research and the commercialization of new technologies,” Russ Hiebert, a Member of Parliament for South Surrey, BC, said in a statement.
Canada has six genomics and proteomics networks funded through the central organization Genome Canada.