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Ontario Genomics Starts New Seeding, Collaborative Programs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Ontario Genomics Institute has undertaken two programs that it said will make the region more competitive in genomics research and innovation.

The private non-profit OGI said today that its Genomics Technology Seeding program and the Genomics Capacity Building program "will "enhance early access to leading-edge technologies and encourage international collaborations leading to major genomic and proteomic research programs."

OGI said it already has signed up its first GTS agreement, with The Centre for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children, in order to assess technology that enables efficient whole-genome genotyping from formalin fixed and paraffin embedded tissue.

The GCB program will fund workshops that will explore collaborations between researchers in Ontario and those in other nations.

"Access to and experience with the latest genomics instruments and reagents as well as involvement of the best and brightest collaborators on the international playing field are both key elements in building successful genomics projects," OGI CEO Christian Burks said in a statement. "These programs are meant to help Ontario's researchers work towards setting up and securing support for such projects, whether focused on human health or on environmental, agricultural, natural resources, energy and other applications."

OGI is supported through relationships with Genome Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and other private and public partners.

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