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Omics Projects at Memorial University Newfoundland Receive Funding from RDC

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Newfoundland and Labrador's Research & Development Corp., announced on Tuesday the investment of more than C$5.3 million (US$5.4 million) into 33 projects, including several 'omics projects, at Memorial University Newfoundland.
The investment is provided through RDC's academic programs focusing on building the R&D capacity in support of innovation and commercialization within the province. R&D is a provincial Crown corporation charged with improving Newfoundland and Labrador's R&D performance.

"Today's investment is paving the way for the future success of our researchers and academic institutions and to the collaborative efforts among academia and industry for the future economic growth of Newfoundland and Labrador," Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for RDC, said in a statement. "These projects are essential for enhancing the R&D capacity within Newfoundland and Labrador. Increased activity is leading to further economic growth in this province and strengthening Newfoundland and Labrador's international reputation as a world-class center for innovation."

Today's investments are provided through three RDC academic programs. One 'omics related project is being funded through the LeverageR&D program, a project titled "Fish Genomics Research" headed by Matthew Rise, which is receiving C$221,680.

The LeverageR&D program provides funds to academic-led research and development that benefits both industry and the Newfoundland and Labrador economy.

Three 'omics projects are being funded through the IgniteR&D program, which is for building new R&D capacity in areas relevant to industry and the province's economy. One project, "Enabling biological interpretation of large-scale genomic data for poorly annotated fish species," is receiving C$70,640. Lourdes Pena-Castillo is directing the research.

Another project headed by Guangju Zhai and called "Genetic study of osteoarthritis in the Newfoundland and Labrador population," is being funded at C$100,000. Also, "Characterization of a novel virulence factor produced by the potato pathogen Steptomyces scabies," headed by Dawn Bignell is receiving C$100,000.

Another RDC academic program is CollaborativeR&D, which seeks to increase collaboration between industry and academia in areas relevant to the province's economy. No 'omics-related projects received funding under the program, however.

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